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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.

SCVO Trustee Network

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With over 250,000 trustees across the country who help shape and guide voluntary sector organisations, we think it's important to provide practical help and information which caters specifically to board members. With that in mind, we've created a Trustee Network to provide support and guidance for members of boards and committees. Here you will find information and news on relevant topics, webinars where you can hear from experts and share your own learning and experience, E-learning modules and SCVO's Good Governance Checkup.

SCVO Trustee Bulletin

We know trustees are busy people with big responsibilities, so we've created a quarterly Trustee News Bulletin which will keep you updated with practical information and useful event signposting.

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Good Governance Webinars

Our Good Governance Webinars look at common issues and challenges for trustees. In our 2021 series some of the topics we will look at include cyber resilience, property and mediation. Hear from expert speakers and get a chance to ask questions and share your own learning and experience. Book your place today

New trustee?

Congratulations! You’re now one of over 250,000 trustees in Scotland who guide the work of our vibrant voluntary sector. If you’re new to your role you may be feeling a little overwhelmed, but we’re here to help with practical information. Check out our information on good governance and Our seven steps to help you on your way to becoming the most effective trustee you can be.

E-learning

Our SCOPE E-learning platform provides entry level information and learning for trustees, volunteers and staff. The five modules are a great induction tool and will help you run your organisation. They cover the following topics:

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Need to recruit trustees?

If you have a place to fill on your board and want to recruit new trustees, there are a number of options:

  • For local organisations - contact your Third Sector Interface to advertise trustee opportunities
  • For regional or national organisations – register for Volunteer Zone with Volunteer Scotland to advertise your trustee opportunities on the Volunteer Scotland national database
  • For organisations wanting the added reach and profile of an advertisement in Goodmoves where your trustee vacancy will be seen by over 75,000 unique users a month, email sales@goodmoves.org.uk or call 0800 0192 149

All trustee vacancies advertised through Goodmoves, Volunteer Scotland and Third Sector Interfaces will also appear on the SCVO Trustee Network search.

If you’re looking for trustees with particular professional skill sets then Standard Life Aberdeen can promote trustee vacancies through their internal staff intranet and other networks. Contact: sustainability@aberdeenstandard.com

To find trustees with financial expertise IMultiply Finance Recruitment Specialists can advertise your vacancies for free on their website.

Black Professionals Scotland supports organisations in meeting their inclusion and diversity ambitions. You can advertise trustee vacancies on their website. Contact: info@blackprofessionalsscotland.com

Our Open Door Webinar No.7 looked at recruiting new trustees and how to diversify your board. It has some great hints and tips.

TFN Guide to Running a Charity or Social Enterprise 2020-21

Third Force News have published the 'TFN Guide to Running a Charity or Social Enterprise' for 2020-21. It covers new ways of working and SCVO's HR and Employment Support Service, financial resilience and charity banks accounts, winding up a charity, digital risks, writing funding applications, and so much more. 

Coronavirus Information Hub

At the start of the crisis, SCVO established the Coronavirus Information Hub as a central point for up-to-date information for the sector. This continues to be regularly updated and has important information for trustees, staff and volunteers, on funding, Coronavirus restrictions and guidelines, HR and employment issues, digital services, and policy and research.

The Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector

Good governance is vital to the success and sustainability of any voluntary sector organisation. Lack of good governance can not only lead to internal turmoil, it can also have far reaching effects on your organisation’s reputation and long term future.  The Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector includes five core principles of what makes good governance. SCVO has created a Governance Code Checkup, to be used in conjunction with this document.