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Funding Scotland

Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Data protection (GDPR)

As a community space, you are likely to hold and process information about your clients, employees, volunteers,You need to be aware of and meet the requirements of data protection legislation under the Data Protection,Act 2018 and including the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which mean you should make sure

Information for new trustees

Know your organisation’s purpose It’s vital as a trustee that you know about what your organisation was,You can find this out by reading your organisation’s governing document.,your organisation is and about any potential personal liabilities.,you must always put the interests of your organisation first.,There may also be other regulators that you need to report to, and you should ensure you’re up to date

Record keeping

Your organisation will create lots of information while you carry out your activities.,Records Retention A well-run and effective organisation should have a Record Retention policy that is,How long should you keep records for Legislation, including the Charities and Trustee Investment Act,You should also follow The Data Protection Act (DPA) and the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR,Your organisation should have a policy that explains how long you keep these records for, and why.

You're a charity! What next?

think about your next steps and secure your organisation's future.,At SCVO, we’re here to support you, promote the contribution your organisation makes and work towards,Our information on running your organisation Now that you’re up and running as a charity, we can offer,lots of support on how you can run your organisation.,Find out more about: Legislation & regulation that may affect youBusiness planning and development, and

Data ethics, risk, and privacy

For more on your specific responsibilities under Data Protection legislation, see our in-depth information,You need to explain which lawful basis you are using in your privacy policy.,The risk of misinterpreting data: Make sure you don’t use data to support misleading or dubious claims,Here are a few key steps to take: Educate and support team members who are working with data on how to,The ICO has useful templates and guides to help you document your data flows.


The SCVO HR and employment support service is available to voluntary sector organisations in Scotland,GET READY Before you even think of employing staff, make sure that your organisation is ready. 2.,Once you’ve done the hard work of recruitment, make sure your new employee has a well-organised induction,HEALTH AND SAFETY Your organisation has legal responsibilities to provide safe and healthy conditions,salaries for your organisation.

Charities (Regulation and Administration) (Scotland) Act 2023

Scottish Government proceed with the implementation of the Act’s proposals, we want to ensure that all organisations,discuss our calls in more detail, or believe you have evidence, resources, or experiences that could support


All SCVO employees or anyone who is a trustee, a full or part-time employee or volunteer of any organisation

Guide to Trade Unions

Representatives provide support and advice and campaign for better conditions and pay.,This means that, as a worker, you can have your say about workplace issues.,managers and employee representatives (usually but not exclusively union representatives) leading to joint regulation,Joint consultation committees (JCC) may exist in organisations to address issues that are not covered,also run with non-union employee representatives.Employee forums: groups of non-union or mixed groups