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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.

Village and community halls handbook

This handbook is for everyone running a village or community hall in Scotland. From governance and facilities management to net zero and digital, we'll guide you through what you need to know.

Village halls are often the heart of a community. They are places for people to gather, learn, access services and have fun. Making sure they are well run and maintained is an important but not always easy role, often fulfilled by committed volunteers and workers.

We held a one-day conference in Dunkeld & Birnam on 1 May 2024 to allow people running village and community halls across Scotland to connect, share ideas, and inspire each other. You can watch the conference recording and access useful materials here.

This guidance is produced by SCVO and Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) from Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS), with support from Scottish Rural Network, part of the Scottish Government’s Rural Development Programme.