Third sector

  1. National conversation to inform a new dementia strategy: discussion paper

    This is a discussion paper we developed to help people respond to our national conversation on the future of dementia policy in Scotland.

  2. No One Left Behind: equality impact assessment - update summary

    No One Left Behind is our approach to transforming employment support in Scotland. It aims to deliver a system that is more tailored and responsive to the needs of people of all ages, especially those who are disadvantaged in the labour market.

  3. Creating Hope Together - suicide prevention strategy and action plan: equalities impact assessment

    Equalities impact assessment (EQIA)for Scotland's suicide prevention strategy and action plan.

  4. Creating Hope Together - suicide prevention action plan 2022 to 2025: easy read

    Easy read version of Scotland's Suicide Prevention Action Plan - Creating Hope Together - 2022-2025.

  5. Creating Hope Together: suicide prevention action plan 2022 to 2025

    Scotland's Suicide Prevention Action Plan covering the period from 2022 to 2025.

  6. Creating Hope Together: suicide prevention strategy 2022 to 2032

    Scotland's Suicide Prevention Strategy covering the period from 2022 to 2032.

  7. National Islands Plan: implementation route map 2022

    Details how we will deliver our priorities over the lifetime of the National Islands Plan. It identifies the methods to monitor progress towards fulfilling the many commitments in the Plan and sets out timescales for delivery of our work.

  8. Tackling child poverty delivery plan: fourth year progress report 2021-2022 - focus report on households with babies under one

    Evidence about child poverty in households with a baby under one. The report presents the latest data on the child poverty targets and includes further evidence on the drivers of child poverty among this priority group.

  9. Artificial intelligence strategy: trustworthy, ethical and inclusive

    Our artificial intelligence (AI) strategy sets out a vision for AI in Scotland, the principles that will guide us, and the actions we’ll take to develop and strengthen our AI ecosystem over the next five years.

  10. Fairer Scotland Duty: guidance for public bodies

    Statutory guidance for public sector bodies subject to the Fairer Scotland Duty to help them actively consider how they can reduce inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage, when making strategic decisions.

  11. The Strategy for Our Veterans - taking the strategy forward in Scotland: refreshed action plan

    Refreshed action plan detailing how we intend to continue to take forward the Strategy for Our Veterans in Scotland.

  12. Suicide prevention strategy and action plan drafts: consultation

    Consultation on drafts of a new suicide prevention strategy and action plan for Scotland.

  13. Improving outcomes for children, young people and families: review of Children’s Services Plans and strategic engagement activity

    Summary review of children’s services plans for 2020 to 2023, in line with the Children and Young Peoples (Scotland) Act 2014, statutory guidance part 3. Highlighting key strengths, areas for development and details from strategic engagement with local children’s services planning strategic leads.

  14. Tackling child poverty delivery plan: fourth year progress report 2021 to 2022

    The fourth annual progress report for 'Every child, every chance: tackling child poverty delivery plan 2018-2022'.

  15. Mental health and wellbeing strategy: consultation - easy read

    We want to hear your views on what a new mental health and wellbeing strategy for Scotland should look like. We have asked a series of questions, and your answers to these will help us write the final strategy.

  16. Mental health and wellbeing strategy: consultation

    We want to hear your views on what a new mental health and wellbeing strategy for Scotland should look like. We have asked a series of questions, and your answers to these will help us write the final strategy.

  17. Launch of Scotland’s Volunteering Action Plan

    Increasing opportunities across Scotland’s communities.

  18. Volunteering action plan

    Scotland’s volunteering action plan aims to create a Scotland where everyone can volunteer, more often, and throughout their lives. Designed to provide actions over a 10‐year period as a living plan. It seeks to raise the profile of volunteering and its impact on society.

  19. Equally Safe - short life delivery plan: summer 2022 to autumn 2023

    A refresh of the Equally Safe Delivery Plan outlining the joint commitment of the Scottish Government and COSLA to preventing and eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls and tackling the underpinning attitudes that perpetuate it.

  20. Children's advocacy in children's hearings - national scheme: good practice and issues arising

    Progress report on the implementation of the children's hearings advocacy provision in the first year March 2020 to March 2021.

  21. Delivering Scotland's circular economy - proposed Circular Economy Bill: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on our proposals for legislation to develop Scotland’s circular economy. The consultation sets out a number of areas in which we are seeking views on whether to take powers within a new Circular Economy Bill.

  22. Adult learning strategy: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the adult learning strategy.

  23. Adult learning strategy: island and communities impact assessment

    Island and communities impact assessment for the adult learning strategy.

  24. Adult learning strategy: fairer Scotland duty summary

    Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment for the adult learning strategy.

  25. Adult learning strategy 2022 to 2027

    The Adult Learning Strategy sets out our actions to improve life chances for adult learners across Scotland. It outlines how we will ensure that there are accessible opportunities for adults to learn throughout their lives.

  26. Adult learning strategy: easy read

    An easy read version of the Adult Learning Strategy.

  27. Town centre action plan review: joint Scottish Government and COSLA response

    Joint response from SG and COSLA to the New Future for Scotland's Town Centres report. Sets out some of the ways in which we can all seek to do our part, locally and nationally, in rebuilding, reenergising and reimagining our towns to meet our place and country ambitions.

  28. Institutionalising Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Working Group report: supporting document

    This supporting document provides further information on the values, principles and standards for participation, democratic innovations and citizens' assemblies that the Institutionalising Participatory and Deliberative Democracy (IPDD) Working Group recommends are collectively adopted.

  29. Institutionalising Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Working Group: report

    Recommends how the Scottish Government's ambition for change can be delivered to make Scotland’s democracy more participative and inclusive, and proposes next steps as it incorporates processes for participatory and deliberative democracy into the democratic system.

  30. Investment in tackling child poverty

    Supporting low income households.

  31. Support for Ukrainians

    Funding announced for advice services.

  32. A Culture Strategy for Scotland

    A Culture Strategy for Scotland shows how important culture is to Scotland’s prosperity and sets the future direction for supporting culture in Scotland.

  33. Coronavirus (COVID-19) supporting Gypsy/Travellers: framework for local authorities

    This framework, created jointly with COSLA, is for local authorities and partners supporting Gypsy/Traveller communities whilst Scotland transitions to living with COVID-19. This framework replaces all previous versions.

  34. Putting Learners at the Centre: Towards a Future Vision for Scottish Education

    Report provided to Scottish Ministers by Professor Ken Muir on the replacement of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, reform of Education Scotland and removal of its inspection function.

  35. Health and social care strategy for older people: consultation

    Consultation paper on a Health and Social Care Strategy for Older People.

  36. Health and social care strategy for older people: consultation - easy read

    Easy read version of the consultation paper on a Health and Social Care Strategy for Older People.

  37. Supporting Communities Fund: evaluation

    Evaluation which assessed how the funding was spent and what the outputs were as well as looking at the experiences of those involved in the fund.

  38. National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2021

    This guidance describes the responsibilities and expectations for all involved in protecting children and will support the care and protection of children.

  39. The Vision for Justice in Scotland

    We set out our transformative vision of the future justice system for Scotland, spanning the full journey of criminal, civil and administrative justice, with a focus on creating safer communities and shifting societal attitudes and circumstances which perpetuate crime and harm.

  40. Formal volunteering framework

    A framework to support the third sector, and partners in the public and private sector to embed skills and development within formal volunteering opportunities.

  41. Primary care mental health models in Scotland

    This paper informed the Mental Health in Primary Care Short Life Working Group recommendations, providing examples and success factors, of various Mental Health models that are in place across Health Boards in Scotland.

  42. Short Life Working Group for Mental Health in Primary Care: report

    The Mental Health in Primary Care Short Life Working Group recommended the establishment of Mental Health and Wellbeing in Primary Care Services within areas served by a group of GP practices, providing assessment, advice and support for people who require a mental health or a wellbeing response.

  43. Mental health and wellbeing in primary care services: planning guidance

    This guidance has been developed by the Mental Health in Primary Care Development Group and will support local planning and implementation of Mental Health and Wellbeing in Primary Care Services, within an area served by a group of GP practices.

  44. Tackling prejudice and building connected communities action plan: implementation overview

    A report providing an overview of implementation of the actions set out in the Tackling Prejudice and Building Connected Communities Action Plan.

  45. Prevention of homelessness duties: consultation

    Joint Scottish Government and COSLA consultation on the proposals for new prevention of homelessness duties. This consultation creates an opportunity for individuals and organisations to have their say on changes to the homelessness system in Scotland.

  46. Scotland's Climate Assembly - recommendations for action: SG response

    Scotland's Climate Assembly published their full report on 23 June 2021. It included 81 recommendations for the Scottish Government, who had six months to respond. This response sets out the existing and proposed actions that government will take in order to address their recommendations.

  47. Advice on household finances

    Online support for people facing financial difficulties.

  48. Veterans and Armed Forces community: Scottish Government support 2021

    This report highlights our continuing support for the Veterans and Armed Forces community in Scotland and provides an update on this year’s achievements and work undertaken to improve support and access to services for our Armed Forces, Veterans and their families.

  49. Assessment of wellbeing - draft statutory guidance: consultation

    This consultation paper is for the public consultation on draft statutory guidance on assessment of wellbeing, as required in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

  50. Scottish Veterans Fund opens

    £500,000 to help former Armed Forces personnel.

  51. Adult social care - winter preparedness plan: 2021-22

    This Plan sets out the measures that will be applied across the adult social care sector to meet the challenges over the winter 2021 - 2022. It details information to all those involved in and affected by adult social care provision. The Plan accompanies the Health and Social Care Winter Overview.

  52. Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority: consultation

    A consultation on the replacement of the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the reform of Education Scotland.

  53. Community Ownership in Scotland 2020

    Annual publication showing the extent of community ownership in Scotland.

  54. Fair Work First: guidance

    Outlines our Fair Work First approach and exemplifies the Fair Work First criteria in practice. It should be used by those involved in awarding public sector grants, sponsorship and other funding, and contracts, and those seeking to access/accessing such funding and/or contracts.

  55. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 - asset transfers: social value guidance

    Guidance on social value for the relevant authorities when they are considering asset transfer applications, and should be considered as one part of their overall decision making process.

  56. National guidance for child protection 2021: consultation report

    This report shows the results of the public consultation on the revised national guidance for child protection in Scotland, and our response to the results.

  57. Local food for everyone – a discussion: consultation

    Everyone, from private individuals to businesses and organisations are invited to help shape a local food strategy for Scotland. This consultation is the first stage in a strategy to make high quality food accessible to all and promote the benefits of local food.

  58. Summer offer for children and young people - 'Get Into Summer' programme: CRWIA stage 3

    This child rights and wellbeing impact assessment concerns the £20 million summer offer for children and young people, one of the Scottish Government's 100 Days commitments.

  59. Summer offer for children and young people - 'Get Into Summer' programme: CRWIA stage 1

    This child rights and wellbeing impact assessment concerns the £20 million summer offer for children and young people, one of the Scottish Government's 100 Days commitments.

  60. Summer offer for children and young people - 'Get Into Summer' programme: equality impact assessment

    This EQIA concerns the £20 million summer offer for children and young people, one of the Scottish Government's 100 Days commitments.

  61. Prehabilitation for cancer patients

    £270,000 pilot scheme gives pre-treatment support.

  62. ‘Scotland is a better country because you are here’ - FM

    Failure to extend EU Settlement Scheme deadline ‘unacceptable’.

  63. Ending destitution together: strategy

    A strategy to improve support for people with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) living in Scotland.

  64. New plan for Social Enterprises

    Additional investment of more than £5 million.

  65. Procurement strategy: April 2021 to March 2023

    Sets out the Scottish Government’s procurement strategy for 2021 to 2023 and has now been superseded by the 2022 to 2024 procurement strategy.

  66. Helping communities recover from the pandemic

    Commitment to tackle inequality.

  67. Social enterprise: action plan

    Plan reasserting our long-term vision of social enterprise at the forefront of a new wave of ethical and socially responsible business in Scotland.

  68. Town centre action plan - review report: interim joint response

    Interim joint response from SG and COSLA to the New Future for Scotland's Town Centres report articulates our support for the reports overarching aim to work with our partners and communities to transform the future of our town centres and signals our commitment to work collaboratively in shaping and implementing change locally.

  69. Social Renewal Advisory Board: our response

    The Scottish Government’s initial response to the Social Renewal Advisory Board’s Report “If not now, when?”.

  70. Modifying local connection referrals: ministerial statement

    Statement to set out the circumstances and the general criteria, by reference to which, the Scottish Government would exercise the power to modify the operation of local connection referrals in Scotland.

  71. Connecting Scotland

    Investment in digital inclusion exceeds £48 million.

  72. Third Sector Growth Fund

    £30 million for charities and social enterprise.

  73. National Islands Plan through a COVID Lens: survey results

    Summary of key findings after the six main local authorities with islands were invited to consider the impact of the (COVID-19) pandemic on the delivery of National Island Plan commitments and how these should be prioritised going forward.

  74. Youth volunteering guidelines

    Guidelines to help the third sector, community groups and partners in the public and private sector offer practical and effective volunteering opportunities to young people.

  75. Fairer Scotland for disabled people - employment action plan: progress report - year 2

    Update on the progress achieved in the second year of implementing A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People: employment action plan.

  76. Tackling food insecurity and poverty

    Response to United Nations call for urgent action.

  77. EU funding threat for Scottish youth work

    Doubt over the future of Erasmus+ casts shadow over sector.

  78. Coronavirus (COVID-19): supporting people at higher risk - qualitative research

    Findings from interviews with representatives of 16 local authorities across Scotland, exploring how they have been supporting people at higher risk during COVID-19.

  79. Coronavirus (COVID-19): supporting people at higher risk - survey of third sector organisations

    This report examines findings from a survey of 530 third sector organisations in Scotland who supported people through the COVID-19 pandemic over March to August 2020.

  80. Wellbeing Fund: analysis of awards

    Analysis of the data on applications and awards made through the Wellbeing Fund Open Application Process and the Small Grants Fund. These funds were part of the Scottish Government’s initial 350 million overall package of funding support to communities, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

  81. Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF): analysis of applications and wards

    Analysis of the data on applications to the Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) and the awards made through the fund.

  82. Food for homeless and people at risk

    Demand for food packs highlights impact of the pandemic.

  83. Urgent call for charity funding clarity

    UK Government pressed on £10 million gap.

  84. Wellbeing Fund open for bids

    Charities invited to apply for cash help.

  85. Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund evaluation: final report

    Final report of the evaluation of the CYFEI and ALEC Fund.

  86. Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund evaluation: research findings

    Research findings from the evaluation of the CYPFEI and ALEC Fund.

  87. New £11.5 million fund to tackle poverty and inequality

    Empowering local communities.

  88. Supporting communities to deliver change

    Social programmes to share £1.8 million funding.

  89. New fund to improve benefit take-up

    Support for third sector organisations delivering Scotland’s new benefits system.

  90. £1 million for social enterprises

    Rural communities to benefit from digital hub.

  91. Business support for social enterprises

    More funding for free advice service.

  92. Supporting social enterprises

    A new £17 million fund launches. 

  93. Families and community learning

    Funding to improve the lives of children and young people.

  94. Volunteering for all

    Widening access and opportunities to volunteer.

  95. Support for Venezuelan Migrants in Colombia

    Humanitarian Emergency Fund activated.

  96. £2 million for Highland communities

    New funding for local services.  

  97. Consultation on Charity Law

    Increasing trust and transparency in the sector.

  98. Scottish charity law: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on potential improvements to the statutory charity regulation framework in Scotland.

  99. Third Sector Interface: outcome framework

    Activites and outcomes of Third Sector Interface (TSI) work funded by the Scottish Government.

  100. Fund benefits one million

    Children and family organisations to benefit from extension.

  101. Supporting Scotland's social enterprises

    Looking back on a year of investment.

  102. Preventing violence against women

    Debate to mark international 16 Days of Activism.

  103. Building a sustainable social enterprise sector in Scotland: 2017-2020

    Action plan setting out the first steps in Scottish Government's social enterprise strategy, in particular pertaining to inclusive growth.

  104. Evaluation of Third Sector Interface network model and Voluntary Action Scotland: executive summary

    Executive summary of the evaluation of Scotland’s Third Sector Interface (TSI) network model and Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS).

  105. Third Sector Interface network model and Voluntary Action Scotland: evaluation

    Independent evaluation of Scotland’s Third Sector Interface (TSI) network model and Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS).

  106. Scotland's Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-2026

    A ten-year, national social enterprise strategy, which sets out our shared ambitions for social enterprise in Scotland, jointly developed with the sector.

  107. Third sector interfaces: common values, approaches and services

    This common services framework for third sector interfaces outlines the core services that all third sector interfaces should provide.

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