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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

Apply now for the Community Capacity and Resilience Fund!

Community organisations and groups which aim to help people mitigate the effects of welfare reform by providing them with the support and skills they need can now apply for the third phase of the Community Capacity and Resilience Fund (CCRF). On 22 February 2017 Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance announced […]

20th Sep, 2017

Third sector employers must act now to access new skills fund

Earlier today (7 September 2017), the Scottish Government announced details of the £10m Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF), one of the activities funded by the apprenticeship levy. The fund will be open for applications from 11 September 2017 and access will be on a first come, first served basis. Third sector employers will need to […]

7th Sep, 2017

SCVO calls out Scottish Government for side-lining third sector

  Speaking after the launch of the Flexible Workforce Development Fund today, Martin Sime, Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations said:   “This is a totally inadequate response to the UK Apprenticeship Levy which will have barely any impact in the third sector.     “Handing out 5% of the Scottish Barnett share […]

7th Sep, 2017

SCVO response to the First Minister’s Programme for Government 2017/18

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon outlined her programme for government for the forthcoming year today (5 Sept 2017). Commenting on the announcement, Deputy Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Lucy McTernan said:  “After a decade in office, the First Minister herself acknowledged that it was time to inject some fresh ideas in to Scottish Government thinking. […]

5th Sep, 2017

SCVO welcomes Barclay Review recommendations

In the Barclay Review of Business Rates published today (22 August 2017) two key recommendations affecting the third sector in Scotland were put forward. First, the Group have recommended that arms-length external organisations (ALEOs) lose charitable rate tax relief (and sports club relief, if applicable) as this has been highlighted as a form of tax […]

22nd Aug, 2017

Digital exclusion exists for a fifth of Scotland’s most vulnerable

Those in need less likely to access vital services online, research finds. Around 21 per cent of adults in Scotland still do not have basic digital skills, according to research published today by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO). With the support of the Scottish Government, SCVO’s Digital Team has been leading a cross-sector […]

22nd Aug, 2017

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


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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