Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

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Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations logo.jpg
Abbreviation SCVO
Formation 1943 (1943)
Type Umbrella body
Headquarters Mansfield Traquair Centre, Edinburgh
Region
Scotland
Membership
1400 (approx.)
Chief executive
Martin Sime
Convener
Shulah Allan
Website www.scvo.org.uk

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is the national membership body for Scotland’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. SCVO works to support people to take voluntary action to help themselves and others, and to bring about social change. It provides services and support to the third sector in Scotland to advance shared values and interests. SCVO has approximately 1,500 members, ranging from individuals and grassroots groups, to Scotland-wide organisations and intermediary bodies.[1] The organisation employs approximately 100 staff.

Aims[edit]

SCVO’s aims are to:

  • support third sector organisations to do their work
  • promote and support shared interests of third sector organisations
  • connect people with ways to get involved with their communities
  • as an organisation continually learn, develop and enhance its own effectiveness.

Governance[edit]

SCVO is governed by a Management Board with representatives elected from its Policy Committee. Martin Sime has been chief executive since 1991. Alison Elliot became convener in 2007.[2] Shulah Allan is the current convener as from November 2013.

History[edit]

Established on 1 October 1943, SCVO was originally known as the Scottish Council of Social Service (SCSS). During its first years much of the Council’s work was dictated by wartime need and its immediate aftermath.

In 1983 the Council’s name was changed to the Scottish Council for Community and Voluntary Organisations with the working title of Voluntary Action for Scotland. In 1986 the name Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations was adopted.

SCVO hosted the 6th, 7th and 8th CIVICUS World Assemblies in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Current work[edit]

SCVO supports the third sector in Scotland in a variety of ways, including

  • Lobbying and campaigning on behalf of the sector
  • Running training, conferences and events
  • Providing services and deals to members
  • Managing jobs and employability initiatives

SCVO Credit Union[edit]

SCVO Credit Union Limited is a savings and loans co-operative established in 1998 for employees and open to anybody who is a trustee, employee or voluntary worker for any charitable organisation which is a registered member.[3] It is a member of the Association of British Credit Unions Limited,[4] authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the PRA. Ultimately, like the banks and building societies, members’ savings are protected against business failure by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About us". Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  2. ^ The Scotsman. 30 November 2007 title=Ex-Moderator takes on role as volunteers chief http://www.scotsman.com/news/ex-moderator-takes-on-role-as-volunteers-chief-1-1349722 title=Ex-Moderator takes on role as volunteers chief. Retrieved 12 October 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ SCVO Credit Union Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (retrieved 25 February 2015)
  4. ^ Credit unions in membership of ABCUL Association of British Credit Unions (retrieved 1 November 2014)
  5. ^ Credit Union Guide Financial Services Compensation Scheme (retrieved 2 April 2015)

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