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Voluntary Sector Contacts

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Voluntary Sector

Main contacts in the voluntary sector
  • Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

The national body for the voluntary sector in Scotland.

Contact details:

Edinburgh Office, Mansfield Traquair Centre
15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6BB
Tel: 0131 556 3882
Fax: 0131 556 0279
Email: enquiries@scvo.org.uk
Website: www.scvo.org.uk


  • Voluntary Action Scotland

Voluntary Action Scotland is the membership body for third sector interafces and ther constituent members

Voluntary Action Scotland


  • Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)

Councils of Voluntary Services (CVS) is the generic name for the local infrastructure bodies for the voluntary sector in Scotland. They strengthen the contribution local voluntary organisations make to the economic, social and cultural development of the community and provide a bridge between the sector and key public agencies at a local level. There are now 60 CVS nationally providing services to the voluntary sector at a local level.

Contact details:

Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6BB
Tel: 0131 556 3882
Fax: 0131 556 0279
Website: www.cvsscotland.org.uk


  • Volunteer Development Scotland (VDS)

Volunteer Development Scotland works strategically and in partnership to promote, support and develop volunteering in Scotland.

Its mission is to learn about the 'Volunteer Landscape' of Scotland, and serve within an international context as the National Centre of Excellence to appreciate and maximise the positive impacts of volunteering on individuals, groups, organisations, communities and society.

Contact details:

Stirling Enterprise Park , Stirling , FK7 7RP
Tel: 01786 479 593
Fax: 01786 449 285
Email: information@vds.org.uk
Website: www.vds.org.uk


  • Volunteer Centre Network Scotland (VCS)

Volunteer Centres are one-stop shops where people interested in volunteering can access information, advice and support on volunteering. Volunteer Centres also provide advice and training to volunteering involving organisations. There is Volunteer Centre coverage in each local authority area in Scotland and each centre is a locally managed independent voluntary organisation.

The aims of Volunteer Centres are:

1. Increase the number of people involved in volunteering
2. Broaden the range of people volunteering
3. Bring about more positive attitudes to volunteering
4. Get volunteering better recognised at policy level
5. Develop the capacity of volunteer involving agencies and volunteers
6. Be well run, influential and effective organisations, striving for continuous improvement

Contact details:

See www.volunteerscotland.info for individual Volunteer Centre contacts.
General email: info.volunteerscotland@vds.org.uk


  • Scottish Association of Volunteer Managers (SAVM)

The Scottish Association of Volunteers Managers is The Professional Association for Volunteers Managers in Scotland. SAVM gives recognition to the integral role that Volunteers Managers have in developing and promoting volunteering and enriching our society.

SAVM exists to serve anyone concerned with managing volunteers, salaried or otherwise, by raising the status, respect and value accorded to the profession of Volunteer Management and by helping them develop confidence, pride and competence in their work.

Contact details:

Room 31, Enterprise House, Springkerse Business Park, Stirling , FK7 7UF
Tel: 01786 471 100
Fax: 01786 472 659
Email: admin@savm.org.uk
Website: www.savm.org.uk


  • Association of Chief Officer of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO)

ACOSVO is a unique forum for chief officers in the voluntary sector in Scotland which promotes excellence in leadership and management. We provide professional development opportunities, through a range of services and activities, to a diverse association membership across Scotland . We form a combined voice on matters of senior management and governance in the voluntary sector and are guided by our members to influence change where required. We are member-led in our management through our Board and in our practice through ongoing dialogue and consultation directly with them.

It has over two hundred members, drawn from a wide range of organisations, providing us with considerable influence in pursuing combined Chief Officer interests.

ACOSVO is a Scottish Voluntary Organisation with charitable status (SC 030547) and operates as a Company Limited by Guarantee (No. 211359). We are managed by a board of directors who are Chief Officers themselves and annually elected from our membership

Contact details:

20 Forth Street , Edinburgh , EH9 1HN
Tel: 0131 550 3712
Fax: 0131 550 3713
Email: office@acosvo.org.uk
Website: www.acosvo.org.uk


  • Voluntary Action Fund (VAF)

The Voluntary Action Fund is the new domain for UVAF's family of funding programmes. A new voluntary organisation has been set up as a company limited by guarantee and recognised as charitable to take over UVAF's business as a funder and to develop its support to voluntary and volunteering organisations.

Contact details:

Voluntary Action Fund

Suite 3 – Forth House

Burnside Business Court

North Road



KY11 1NZ


Telf: 01383 620 780

Web: http://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/

  • Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure in Scotland (BEMIS)

BEMIS recognises that we work in a context of inequality. It aims to redress these inequalities by empowering communities. It will work towards an inclusive society by establishing structures which recognise diversity and empower black and ethnic minority communities. It will provide services that will: build capacity by providing advice on development, funding, negotiating with funders, and training for staff and management committees; raise the profile of the BEM voluntary sector and its need at a strategic level; co-ordinate the voice of the BEM voluntary sector and ensure that pertinent issues are raised with relevant bodies; and take a lead on policy issues and debates that are of concern to the BEM communities at a national level.

Contact details:

Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place Edinburgh, EH3 6BB
Tel: 0131 474 8045
Fax: 0131 556 0279
Email: mail@bemis.org.uk
Website: www.bemis.org.uk/


  • Scottish Council for Minorities

Scottish Council for Minorities are a key player in the Scottish voluntary sector in representing minority communities view points to other organisations. They also act as an interface between voluntary, public sector and minority communities in Scotland .

Their primary role is " to improve the quality of life of minorities" and achieve recognition as an equal partner in Scottish civil society by: cultivating new identity of good citizenship through voluntary work; promoting new learning opportunities for the minority groups; advancing the use of information technologies to overcome digital exclusion; promoting racial, religious and socio-economic justice for all; raising public-awareness against harassment and discrimination on the grounds of race, belief or religion, disability, sex or sexual orientation.

Contact details:

19 Iona Street, Edinburgh EH6 8SP Tel: 0131 555 0030

  • Voluntary Health Scotland

Voluntary Health Scotland is the national intermediary for a dynamic network of voluntary health organisations across Scotland. It works with and through its members to strengthen the voice, profile and impact of the voluntary health sector. It supports its members to build their knowledge and understanding about emerging health agendas, to influence the development of national policy and to forge new working relationships. It provides a gateway between its members, the Scottish Government and the statutory health sector. It aims to create a fairer, healthier Scotland for everyone.

Membership is open to any third sector organisation with an interest or involvement in health care and/or health improvement. Associate membership is open to individuals and other organisations that share Voluntary Health Scotland’s aims.

Contact details:

Voluntary Health Scotland, Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6BB. Tel: 0131 474 6189
Email: mail@vhscotland.org.uk
Website: www.vhscotland.org.uk

Twitter: @VHSComms