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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.

Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 November  |  EICC, Edinburgh  |  #SCVOGathering

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Breakfast with the First Minister


Wednesday 15 June
Time slot
This event took place 12 months ago
Lomond suite
Wheelchair accessible
Kirsten Hogg
Economy Leadership Policy & influencing
Who was the event aimed at?


Who spoke at this event?
The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon
Event summary

What was covered in your sessions?

In this session, delegates heard from First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. The First Minister’s speech touched on the importance of the third sector, particularly during the pandemic; the challenges facing the sector, including requests for longer-term funding; the budgetary challenges faced by the Scottish Government; and a desire to work in partnership with the third sector and develop a “third sector first” approach.

Was there any useful feedback or reflection from the participants?

Delegates also had the opportunity to put their questions to the First Minister. Questions covered:

  • Voluntary sector funding
  • The rising cost of living
  • Red tape
  • Joint working
  • Support for people experiencing long term trauma
  • Litter
  • Rural poverty

How people can find out more or get involved in your work?

The session was covered in an article by Third Force News:

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