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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.

Useful contacts

The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)

OSCR regulate all charities registered in Scotland. Any application to become a charity will go to OSCR, who also provide a public record of registered charities along with details including accounts.

OSCR | Home

Directory of Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs)

TSIs provide support and one-to-one help to organisations in all 32 local council areas. They can provide support with setting up a charity, making partnerships with other organisations and writing constitutions.

TSI Directory - TSI Scotland Network

Association of Independent Examiners (ACIE)

A list of Independent Examiners in Scotland.

Community Land Team (Scottish Government)

If you are setting up an organisation for community right to buy (CRtB), the SCVO model constitutions do not contain some of the essential clauses you will need, contact the Community Land Team at for more help or download the CRtB compliant constitution from the Scottish Government website.

Community right to buy - Land reform

Community Interest Company Regulator

As a Community Interest Company (CIC) cannot be a registered charity, you should visit the CIC Regulator for further guidance, including model documents.

CIC Regulator

Companies House

If you are setting up a company or a limited liability partnership, you will need to report to Companies House. You can also find a register of companies with recent information.

Companies House

Co-operatives UK

For help and support to set up and run a co-operative.

Co-operatives UK

Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS)

DTAS can offer support with the transfer of a community asset, including support from their Community Ownership Support Service.

Development Trusts Association Scotland


Once you are registered as a charity you also need to be recognised by HMRC to access the Tax benefits available to charities, more information and to apply online.
HMRC Charities

Institute of Chartered Accountants

A searchable database to find a chartered accountant.


Intermediary bodies

Intermediaries are umbrella bodies that support member bodies working in certain areas, e.g. sport, work with young people.

Intermediaries network

The Law Society of Scotland

Provides a searchable database of lawyers in Scotland by area of speciality

Law Society of Scotland

Social Enterprise Scotland

For help and support to set up and run a Social Enterprise.

Social Enterprise Scotland

Last modified on 18 August 2023
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