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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

National charity bodies support amendments to EU Withdrawal Bill

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) are asking Scottish and Welsh MPs to back the cross-party amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill drafted jointly by the Scottish and Welsh Governments. While both organisations believe there may be a case for some shared UK frameworks post-Brexit, […]

13th Nov, 2017

Many to benefit from £145,000 funding for charities offering digital support

Over the past three years, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations’ (SCVO) Digital Participation Charter Fund  – supported by the Scottish Government and BT – has supported 143 projects across Scotland to get people online and develop basic digital skills. This week, Round 5 of the Charter Fund made awards of over £145,000 to 17 […]

7th Nov, 2017

SCVO welcomes ScotGov income tax discussion paper

In response to today’s (Thursday 2 November 2017) publication of the Scottish Government’s ‘The Role of Income Tax in Scotland’s Budget’ discussion paper, John Downie, Director of Public Affairs at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) said: “SCVO welcomes the publication of the Scottish Government’s discussion paper ‘The Role of Income Tax in Scotland’s […]

2nd Nov, 2017

Call for Scottish third sector to show value and support for EU nationals

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is calling for third sector organisations across the country to put supports in place to encourage EU nationals on their staff to remain in Scotland. According to the Office for National Statistics, 117,000 EU nationals left the UK in 2016 – the year of the referendum – a […]

24th Oct, 2017

Three launches Discovery to help tackle digital exclusion in Scotland

  Earlier this week Three announced a nationwide rollout and further investment in its pioneering digital skills initiative – ‘Discovery’ – as part of its ongoing commitment to empower and educate local communities by teaching them essential online skills. David McNeill, Director of Digital at Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, said: “Given the widespread use […]

11th Oct, 2017

SCVO response to CAF report

Following the publication of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) first annual report on generosity earlier today, SCVO Chief Executive Martin Sime said: “The people of Scotland make an enormous contribution to our communities through supporting and working for good causes which support so many people.  Politicians too can reflect on the benefits of providing a […]

5th Oct, 2017

Third sector cut out of new employability landscape

SCVO strongly disappointed that near replication of Work Programme means third sector regulated to role of sub-contractors The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has expressed its strong disappointment at the lack of successful third sector organisations who have won bids in today’s Scottish Government announcement regarding the Fair Start employability programme. The announcement appears […]

4th Oct, 2017

Applications open for 2018 One Digital: Senior Leaders Programme

In November 2016, charity and third sector leaders from across Scotland came together with a rallying call to action, urging charity trustees, chief executives and other third sector leaders to embrace the digital agenda and commit to seizing the opportunities presented by the internet and new technologies. Since then, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations […]

2nd Oct, 2017

SCVO Chief Martin Sime to retire

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has today announced that its Chief Executive, Martin Sime, is to retire following more than 25 successful years. Mr. Sime, who joined the charity umbrella body in 1991, has been credited with transforming the role of third sector bodies and growing the organisation to include more than 1,800 […]

28th Sep, 2017

SCVO’s response to Prime Minister’s Brexit speech in Florence

Scotland’s third sector have made clear the grave concerns we hold around the potential loss of human rights protections we all enjoy as part of the EU, the rights of EU citizens living here and the future of EU funding – which so many charities rely on to undertake the great work they do. The […]

22nd Sep, 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