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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

SCVO responds to ScotGov’s refreshed ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe’ paper

Lucy McTernan, Acting Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), responded today to the publication of the Scottish Government’s refreshed ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe’ paper: “We welcome today’s publication of the Scottish Government’s refreshed ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe’ paper – particularly given the significant developments since the original publication. “Evidently, Brexit continues […]

15th Jan, 2018

SCVO appoints new Convener

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations’ (SCVO) Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that Andrew Burns – former Edinburgh City Council Leader and local councillor – is the organisation’s new Convener. Appointed this week following an open process via a selection panel, Andrew will work with colleagues on SCVO’s Board for up to six […]

15th Jan, 2018

SCVO response to Scottish Government Budget

John Downie, Director of Public Affairs for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) said: “Today’s Scottish Government Budget was a landmark one, with the Scottish Government quite radically overhauling the tax system. We welcome the introduction of a more progressive system and the raising of additional revenue – although there is room to go […]

14th Dec, 2017

Minister for Employability and Training marks national employability programme milestone

A programme which creates job opportunities in the third sector for vulnerable unemployed young people across Scotland is celebrating its 8,000th employee. Zara Turner (21) – a Hospitality Assistant at Callander Youth Project – is the latest young person to secure a job via Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) – an employability programme run by the […]

12th Dec, 2017

SCVO response to Aleos tax announcement

Responding to the announcement that facilities run by council arm’s-length bodies will continue to benefit from charity relief from non-domestic rates, John Downie, Director of Public Affairs for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), said: “This decision flies in the face of the Barclay Review which clearly said there was no justification for Aleos […]

29th Nov, 2017

Charities to benefit from fund to reduce welfare impact

A further twenty three organisations from across Scotland have been granted funding for innovative projects which aim to reduce the impact of welfare cuts and poverty in Scotland. Earlier this year, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance announced the £1.9 million Community Capacity and Resilience Fund, building upon work developed by […]

27th Nov, 2017

SCVO welcomes multi-million pound health project mPower

Today (23 November 2017) marks the launch of an €8.7million cross-border project designed to enable older people with long term conditions (LTCs) to take the steps needed to live well, safely and independently in their own homes. Funded by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, mPower aims […]

23rd Nov, 2017

SCVO response to UK Budget statement

In response to today’s (Wednesday 22 November 2017) Budget announcement by the Chancellor Philip Hammond, John Downie, Director of Public Affairs at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) said: “Predictably, The Chancellor’s budget statement today did nothing to set the heather ablaze – which is disappointing given the huge challenges the UK faces as […]

22nd Nov, 2017

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


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