Harris Voluntary Service is a not-for-profit organisation within the Western Isles Third Sector Interface partnership. We support community initiatives, projects, charities, community groups and volunteer-involving organisations with funding, governance, training, events and we use our fortnightly newsletter to keep our community connected on local and national issues.

Voluntary Action Barra & Vatersay has a long history beginning in the late 1960’s becoming a charity (SC015602) in 1984 and more recently a company limited by guarantee (SC162441) in 1996.We are committed to developing and delivering activities that contribute to the long term social, economic and environmental vitality of our islands.

Another partner in the SBSEC, we are an independent voluntary organisation, it’s our job to support, inform, represent and provide services in the Berwickshire District Area of the Scottish Borders. We’ve been helping community and voluntary groups since 1971 (now we’re really showing our age), so you can be sure we know our stuff.

Established in 2005, our aims are to develop and promote volunteering for all, improve volunteering opportunities, remove barriers to participation and to monitor the success of volunteering for the Scottish Government. We work in partnership with many volunteer-involving organisations and projects, to promote good practice, recruit and place volunteers and to raise awareness of the importance of volunteering.

We help communities purchase land and buildings, and promote land reform. We work closely with others to put the right expertise in the hands of the community. We promote community ownership and work to create conditions for a fairer system of land ownership and use. We think communities create the best solutions to their problems, and the ownership of land and buildings is often key to these solutions.  This is a pilot project by Community Land Scotland.

Community Land Scotland represents Scotland’s new generation of community landowners, urban and rural; we work to inspire & support communities to own and develop land and assets and influence the public policies that can help them. We believe that we cannot create a more socially just Scotland without tackling land ownership issues – this means more of Scotland’s land in the hands of more of Scotland’s people. Whether you are at the early stages of thinking about land ownership as a community or you are an established community organisation already owning property, we look forward to hearing from you.

Creative Lives is a registered charity that was established in 1991. We champion community and volunteer-led creative activity, and work to improve opportunities for everyone to be creative. In particular, we celebrate and promote people expressing themselves creatively with others, recognising the benefits this can bring.

The Community Transport Association (CTA) is a national charity that represents and supports providers of community transport: thousands of local charities and community groups across the UK that all provide transport services that fulfil a social purpose and community benefit. We are for, and about, accessible and inclusive transport.

Our vision is of a world where people can shape and create their own accessible and inclusive transport solutions and our mission is to achieve this through championing accessible and inclusive transport, connecting people and ideas, and by strengthening our members and raising standards. We have 160+ members in Scotland and support them with advice, networking, policy work and anticipation of future challenges to the sector.

The Communities Housing Trust (CHT) is a registered charity and social enterprise focused on building sustainable rural communities across central and northern Scotland. With a reputation throughout Scotland for providing essential affordable housing and accompanying amenities, we work at the forefront of the sector to support community led development, addressing inequalities and the repopulation of under-served areas. Since 1998 we have worked on more than 120 community-led projects, often in remote, rural areas, to provide over 1000 crucial affordable homes and other amenities. 
 

Self-Build Loan Fund

The Scottish Government has provided a time limited fund to assist self or custom builders finance the construction period for their new home. Due to the pandemic, the deadline has been extended to August 2022 with an additional £2 million being made available. Read more

Community-Led Housing

Community-led housing is about local people playing a leading and fundamental role in solving their housing problems. It encompasses community groups, development trusts and cooperatives, and covers new build, self-build and the use of existing buildings. Read more


PAS is on a mission to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard in planning and placemaking. We offer a free, confidential and impartial advice service on planning issues, training on community engagement and the planning system, and support communities with developing action plans and place plans. 

At GCVS, we’re here to support community groups, voluntary organisations, and social enterprises with the help and training they need to succeed. By strengthening the voluntary sector, both citizens and communities can benefit. We provide free support in Glasgow for the essentials like fundraising, governance, measuring impact and climate friendly practice.  Our paid for services Scotland wide for Payroll, HR and Health & Safety provide in-depth expertise.

Circular Communities Scotland is a membership organisation dedicated to supporting the establishment of a circular economy in Scotland. We represent and support over 190 repair, reuse and recycling charities and social enterprises across the country. Our members prevent valuable products and materials from ending up in landfill, create local jobs, economic opportunities, and help promote and create social and environmental justice in
their communities.

PKAVS delivers the role of Third Sector Interface for Perth & Kinross, supporting, developing & representing community groups, voluntary organisations, social enterprise & volunteering in P&K.

CVS Falkirk & District is recognised by Scottish Government and Falkirk Community Planning Partnership (CPP) as the third sector interface for the Falkirk area. We have a primary role in ensuring the continuation and development of a vibrant third sector (charities, social enterprises, community and voluntary groups etc) in Falkirk.

We work with existing social enterprises, and encourage individuals and organisations to be more socially enterprising, through a range of services, including but not limited to start up guidance, idea development, business planning, identifying funders, partnerships, legal and compliance issues, measuring social impact and tendering and procurement. We have a variety of local support options for social enterprises in Falkirk, who are familiar with the social enterprise model and can offer guidance on different subjects.

AVA is Aberdeenshire’s TSI, and our mission is to promote the growth of strong, resilient, communities in Aberdeenshire by connecting, supporting, and promoting volunteers, charities, community-led organisations, and social enterprises collectively referred to as the Third Sector. Funded by the Scottish Government, Aberdeenshire’s Health and Social Care Partnership, and our own Social Enterprise, Magpie (a reuse & recycling facility based in Banchory), the AVA team operates across the length & breadth of Aberdeenshire, supporting volunteers and organisations from Sandend and St Combs in the north, to Braemar in the west and Laurencekirk and St Cyrus in the south.