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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


Host an event

Applications are now closed to host an event at the Gathering! Thank you to everyone who submitted an application - our team will be in touch with you by 12 June.

We are still looking for performers and immersive activities to be part of the Gathering 2023 - you'll find more details about how to get involved on this page!

The Gathering attracts around 2,000 people from across the Scottish voluntary sector and beyond each year. This year's programme will be split into two types of events:

  • practical events - helping people to develop their skills and knowledge
  • influencing/thinking events - focusing on hot topics and driving change

Gathering 2022 delegates sitting at round tables, all facing the stage which features a large screen that includes the words 'the gathering 2022' on it.

Themes for the Gathering events

Our programme will feature over 70 sessions, with each session focusing on one of the following themes:

Running your organisation 

Funding, fundraising and income generation, finance, governance and legal, leadership, communications and marketing, digital, buildings and utilities 

Supporting employees, volunteers and yourself 

Workforce and HR, volunteering, and skills development  

The sector in the wider world 

Environment, equality, diversity and inclusion, and inspiring ideas 

Showcasing the sector 

Health and social care, families and communities, and employability 


We are still looking for performers and immersive activities to be part of the Gathering 2023.

If your organisation can offer musical performances, or unique interactive and mindfulness activities, then we’d love to hear from you!

Get in touch to tell us all about what you could bring to the event! 

Pricing and what's included

Event hosts can choose to hire different room capacities and setups, and we are offering SCVO members and supporters exclusive discounted rates across all our packages.

Event room capacities and setups

  • 300 theatre style
  • 600 theatre style
  • 50 round table style
  • 100 round table style

Our event host packages for all room setups cost:

  • £650 for SCVO member and supporter organisations
  • £850 for non-members

All packages include:

  • Technical support from the auditorium and room technician
  • A slide advancer, comfort monitor and lectern
  • Lectern microphones, top table microphones for panel discussions, handheld microphones for Q&As
  • Either a large projection screen or an 80” LED screen for presentations
  • Listing of your organisation in our Gathering Guide distributed to all visitors, promotion of your organisation on the Gathering website and via the Gathering's marketing campaigns
  • The option to have speakers join your session remotely*

*Additional charges apply

Online sessions

We plan to record and make our most popular sessions at the Gathering available online to allow even more people to enjoy and make the most of our event content and insights. As we finalise our event programme, we will be in touch with hosts running these sessions to discuss this further.

Contact us

For more information about hosting an event at the Gathering, get in touch with our team

Brought to you by
Platinum sponsor
Keegan & Pennykid
Gold sponsors
The Access Group
Social Print & Copy
Vodafone Business
Strategic partners
Social Enterprise Scotland
Volunteer Scotland
Local host partner