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.
The Heritage Trust Network is a membership organisation run by people who have delivered heritage projects. Our mission is to help others do the same. Though we operate throughout the UK, we have a strong Scottish presence. We draw together and support the work of community groups, whether constituted as building preservation trusts, heritage trusts or social enterprises. The network provides a platform for members by way of peer to peer support, knowledge sharing and skills development. Our guidance and advice helps groups through the life time of their project from start up to completion.
Organisation information here.
The Ayrshire Community Trust (TACT) is a small charity based in Saltcoats offering services to the community and voluntary sector (also known as third sector) across North Ayrshire. Our mission is to deliver programmes and projects that make a difference to people’s lives by encouraging, supporting and promoting community action.
Social Enterprise Dumfries and Galloway (SEDG) is a free network that has been created to give the social enterprise community in the region the opportunity to easily connect, collaborate and thrive. The vision of the network is to see social enterprises in Dumfries and Galloway making the maximum possible contribution to the region’s economy and wellbeing. SEDG is for new and existing social enterprises across Dumfries and Galloway, allowing members to gain peer-to-peer support, share ideas and learning, access the Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway team’s expertise, and more.
Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway exists to promote, support, and develop a strong third sector; develop social enterprise; develop volunteers and volunteering; and connect the third sector to community planning. Our vision is to improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and communities in Dumfries and Galloway.
CTSI is a ‘single door’ access point for a wide range of support and services for charitable organisations, community and voluntary action groups, volunteering and social enterprise in Clackmannanshire. Our goal is to provide help and support to people living in Clackmannanshire who want advice on running or starting any type of charitable, social enterprise or voluntary group, as well as volunteering and community work. We act as a one-stop-shop for all issues related to community development, governance, funding advice, health and social care information and volunteering. If you need any specific advice, or don’t know where to start, we’re the people to ask.
VAO supports the third sector in Orkney by providing advice, information and practical services. The third sector is made up of voluntary, community and charitable groups, social enterprises and volunteers.
Voluntary Action Shetland seeks to respond to and support voluntary services in Shetland by meeting present and emerging needs, developing and promoting new ways of responding and encouraging people in Shetland to offer voluntary service to their community
Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire offers a range of social enterprise support and services including advice on start up, governance, charity law, volunteering and income generation. We also provide information and support for human resources, IT, quality systems, networking and partnership working. Throughout the year we offer an organisational development training programme with a variety of courses delivered throughout North Lanarkshire.
South of Scotland Community Housing (SOSCH) provides support to the planning and delivery of community-led housing and regeneration projects across the South of Scotland. We engage with community organisations to provide long-term support to appraise and identify localised housing needs and to develop deliverable solutions within the wider context of community ownership of assets.
The Community Woodlands Association is the representative and support body for Scotland’s community woodland groups. We advise and assist new and existing groups with all aspects of woodland acquisition, management and development, produce regular newsletters, e-bulletins and information notes, and deliver a range of networking and training events
The Chamber was founded in 2005 to support and promote the development of social enterprise in the Scottish Borders. We have a passion for supporting social entrepreneurs and work closely with the national social enterprise support organisations to achieve the best outcomes for our members.
Social Investment Scotland offer social loan finance, providing flexible funding and growth support.