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The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is the membership organisation for Scotland’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. We have more than 1,500 members who range from individuals and grassroots groups to Scotland-wide organisations. Through lobbying and campaigning, SCVO advances the interests of our members and the people and communities that they support.

We can provide case studies across Scotland and contribute opinion pieces on current news. SCVO can also supply statistics on a range of third sector issues.

SCVO can put you in touch with our members who can provide authoritative comment and case studies on a wide range of issues from the environment and tackling poverty to supporting people with disabilities and mental health issues.


Media releases

CJS aim to create 700 jobs for young people in Scotland’s third sector

An employment service run by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is looking for third sector employers across Scotland to benefit young people and their communities. Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) is an employability service which aims to support vulnerable unemployed young people by getting them into work with third sector organisations. CJS already works […]

18th Aug, 2017

Twelve charities to benefit further from national fund

Twelve charities have been granted additional funding for pilot projects which aim to reduce the impact of welfare cuts and poverty in Scotland. On 22 February this year Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance announced £1.9 million of new funding, building upon work developed by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations […]

11th Aug, 2017

Civil society call for urgent review of FOI Act in letter to Scottish Parliament

Members of a new network dedicated to open government have written to the Scottish Parliament to call for an urgent review of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Members of the Open Government Scotland Network – which comprises over 200 charities, academics, trade unionists and campaigners from across Scotland – developed the letter following […]

31st Jul, 2017

SCVO response to Budget Process Review Group’s Final Report

Lucy McTernan, Deputy Chief Executive for the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), today responded to the publication of the Budget Process Review Group’s Final Report: “SCVO welcomes the publication of today’s report by the Budget Review Group which – if adhered to – would establish a new standard for how Scotland sets its budget. “There […]

30th Jun, 2017

Best of Scotland’s third sector celebrated at Scottish Charity Awards

Charities and individuals from across Scotland have been recognised for the life-changing difference they make at the 2017 Scottish Charity Awards, which took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre tonight (Thursday 22 June). Organised annually by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Awards celebrate the amazing work that people within charities and […]

22nd Jun, 2017

SCVO Response to Social Security (Scotland) Bill

John Downie, Director of Public Affairs at SCVO, responded today to the publication of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill: “The publication of the Social Security Bill is a landmark moment for the Scottish Parliament and we are pleased that the forthright views of Scotland’s third sector have so heavily informed the legislation. “Over the last year, we […]

21st Jun, 2017

SCVO Welcome Commission on Parliamentary Reform Report

SCVO’s Director of Public Affairs John Downie said: “We welcome the publication of today’s report and are encouraged to see many of the concerns raised by the third sector taken on in the Commission’s recommendations. “Scotland’s voluntary organisations put in a great deal of work to ensure the Parliament is well informed and has the […]

20th Jun, 2017

Scot Gov and SCVO join forces for Brexit and civil society panel in Brussels

As Brexit negotiations get underway, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and the Scottish Government’s EU Office are hosting an evening reception in Brussels tomorrow (Tuesday 20 June) to ensure that the voice of civil society is heard throughout the process. The Scottish third sector has a close alliance with Europe and its institutions, […]

19th Jun, 2017

SCVO Election Result Response

Martin Sime, Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, has today issued a statement following the 2017 UK Election results: There has been some interesting analysis around the election results this morning, and while there have been a few surprises, perhaps the most welcome outcomes so far have been that the turnout of […]

9th Jun, 2017

Volunteers’ Week Scotland 2017

Thousands of charities and voluntary organisations are gearing up to celebrate the vital contribution made by volunteers across the length and breadth of Scotland. From 1-7 June 2017, Volunteers’ Week Scotland will see a huge range of events take place in communities all over the country, from small awards ceremonies to large celebratory gatherings. This […]

31st May, 2017


Key people


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Martin SImeMartin Sime | chief executive

Martin is a well-known commentator on public affairs in Scotland.  He was an Expert Advisor to the Christie Commission on public service reform and works closely with the Scottish Government at all levels to advance the interests of the third sector.
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Lucy McTernanLucy McTernan | deputy chief executive

Lucy has a wealth of experience in Scotland's third sector. She has worked for SCVO for over 18 years and is a member of the Scotland committee of the Big Lottery Fund.
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John DOwnieJohn Downie | director of public affairs

John joined SCVO in 2010, after four years as a Business Strategy and Communications Consultant. He chairs the social enterprise, Impact Arts. John can share insight into a wide range of issues affecting people and communities across Scotland.
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Donna MackinnonDonna Mackinnon | director employment services

Donna leads SCVO’s employability programmes and provides strategic guidance to the Directorate and Board on SCVO’s ongoing and future engagement in the employability agenda. She can provide authoritative comment on youth unemployment issues.
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David McNeillDavid McNeill | director of digital

David leads on SCVO's digital work, guiding the development of new and existing web platforms, engaging online audiences, and co-ordinating our wide-ranging digital participation agenda for the third sector in Scotland.
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Infographic: 45,000 voluntary organisations; £4.5 billion annual income; £8.6 billion assets; 138,000 staff; equivalent to 83,350 full time staff