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Showcasing Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector


Showcasing Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector


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.

Showcasing Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector


Showcasing Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

The Gathering Extra was broadcast live on 29 November 2023 and is available to view online until 29 December 2023.
It's your opportunity to catch up on curated, edited sessions from the in-person Gathering, and to hear from special guests from across the voluntary sector. The Gathering Extra is introduced by our hosts Maddie Stark and Manish Joshi.
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Here are the details of the programme from 29 November


Welcome from your hosts Manish Joshi and Maddie Stark, and hear from our first special guest, Anna Fowlie.


Theme: Sector in the wider world

Track 1

In this event, First Minister Humza Yousaf addressed the voluntary sector for the first time, setting out his plans for working with the sector and his thoughts on the valuable role the sector plays in Scottish society.

Track 2

Reflecting on recent developments, this discussion aims to get beyond the headlines to a strategic reflection on how organisations in the voluntary sector can make effective and responsible use of new tools and platforms.


Reflections, break and hear from our second special guest, Lewis Hou, Director of Science Ceilidh


Theme: Sustainable futures

Track 1

The concept of the Wellbeing Economy is gaining increasing attention and support throughout Scotland, with the Scottish Government recently appointing a Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy. But what is the Wellbeing Economy? And what is the role of the third sector in building it?

Track 2

The recent CCC and IPCC reports make clear that current action is insufficient to meet climate targets. The Scottish Government published a new Climate Change Plan in September, and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland shared an overview of the process, what we need to see and how all people and organisations can add their voice to call for action and come together to show strong support for climate.


Reflections and lunch break


Welcome back and hear from our third special guest, SallyAnn Kelly OBE, CEO at Aberlour


Theme: Making a difference

Track 1

With food insecurity across Scotland at record levels, our joint event will provide an opportunity for people working in the third sector to find out more about why a cash first approach is central to tackling poverty and food insecurity in local communities.

Track 2

Guide participants through a journey of engaging with lived experience in their services and organisations through practical examples from the Scottish Recovery Network and the Young Women’s Movement.


Welcome back and hear from our fourth special guest, Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine, CEO at Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home.


Theme: Doing things differently

Track 1

This lively panel conversation aims to use the story of the Lankelly Chase foundation, to frame a wider discussion about wealth, colonialism and capital.

Track 2

Following the successful launch of their new brand and website, Waverley Care - Scotland’s leading HIV and sexual health charity - takes you through their journey of rebranding their organisation and undergoing digital transformation.


Reflections and close

Exclusive additional content to watch in your own time

When you register for the Gathering Extra you’ll receive an online delegate bag, with links to a number of other sessions from the day which you can watch in your own time.

Your delegate bag includes:

  • Navigating risk – safeguarding charities in a changing landscape
  • Partnerships prizes and pitfalls- lessons learnt from effective cross sector partnerships
  • Spotlight on digital inclusion
  • Storytelling to connect and inspire
  • Urgent priority or gradual progress - debating how we fix governance
  • Your date with our data - insights from our sector and the Scottish public
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