We are a social enterprise passionate about empowering ethnic minority women with leadership and enterprise skills. Through our activities, we have become the link between our extensive network of Ethnic Minority entrepreneurs, and those with the potential to become one, in the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem.
VAER is the ‘Centre for Collective Impact’ based in East Renfrewshire. Our vision in an East Renfrewshire where people can work together to shape their communities. This can only be achieved by valuing the uniqueness of every individual and their contribution; whilst creating the conditions for participation.
VSGWL is the Third Sector Interface (TSI) operating in West Lothian. Our primary purpose is to promote, develop and support West Lothian’s Third Sector. We are a membership organisation of locally based charities, social enterprises and volunteer-led community organisations. We aim to strengthen the third-sector and strengthen partnerships that deliver real change by connecting people, ideas and resources.
Volunteer Centre East Lothian is a Third Sector Interface (TSI) for East Lothian. We provide support, learning and development opportunities for both Individuals and organisations through our volunteering, organisational Support, and community teams. We have one mission at heart: to build empowered, resilient communities within a thriving third sector. We promote and encourage informal learning, leadership development and community capacity building across our services.
VAA is a community development agency committed to positive social change and also a delivery agency of the Third Sector Interface service as within our funding from Scottish Government. Our work includes providing a Third Sector interface role, a community development function and, as a key organisation, in empowering communities and combatting poverty. Voluntary Action Angus supports the growth of volunteering, social enterprise and local third sector development.
Forth Valley Social Enterprise Network (FVSEN) and Online Directory is an innovative and easy-to-access way to source and ensure you are buying local goods and services with social, ethical and environmental benefits. The Network is supported by the three TSIs across Forth Valley. It is free to join for any community or social enterprise operating in Forth Valley registered with the TSIs and acts as a forum for peer support and information sharing; a voice to the social enterprise sector; and offers potential for inter-trading and engagement with policy makers, funders and other strategic partners. Alternate monthly meetings are held for Network members with a bulletin sent out in the alternate month.
Voluntary Action South Ayrshire (VASA) is the local Third Sector Interface. It is recognised by Scottish Government and South Ayrshire Council as fulfilling a key role in ensuring the continued development of a robust Third Sector in South Ayrshire. As VASA has been created from an amalgamation of Volunteer Centre South Ayrshire (VCSA) and Council for Voluntary Organisations in Kyle and Carrick (CVOKC) it is founded on a wealth of experience gained during decades of work with Third Sector organisations, agencies and groups operating in South Ayrshire.
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.
Arts & Business Scotland is an independent Scottish charity. We act as a conduit between the cultural and business sectors, helping to nurture the creative, social and commercial relationships that will enrich creativity and cultural engagement across Scotland. Our aim is to increase investment for the arts from businesses and individuals, while encouraging the exchange of business and creative skills in both sectors.
The third sector encompasses social enterprises, small community groups and voluntary organisations/charities. We provide advice, guidance and support to new, emerging and established third sector organisations on a broad range of topics and activities.
Our vision is for inclusive, more prosperous, better educated, and healthier communities on the Island of Lewis in particular and across the Outer Hebrides in general. We work closely with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), the Scottish Government and the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) on matters of governance, good practice, and ensuring effective third sector service delivery. We provide face to face advice on issues including governance, funding, volunteer support, PVG schemes, project development, organisational health checks, charitable status, dispute resolution and barriers to employment.
The Growth Impact Fund is a social investment fund, helping fast growth early-stage social businesses to grow their impact. It is a joint venture run in partnership with Big Issue Invest, UnLtd and Shift. It exists to make social investment better for founders from underrepresented backgrounds and their teams. Great social leaders come from all backgrounds, but many have been excluded from accessing the capital and support they need to thrive. The Growth Impact Fund is here to change that. It aims for a minimum of fifty percent of the fund to go to businesses who are already led by diverse teams, and to support social businesses who are aiming to increase their commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion.
The Scottish Civic Trust was set up in 1967, to help people connect to their built heritage and take a leading role in guiding its development. In its infancy, it successfully campaigned for the restoration of Edinburgh’s New Town, was instrumental in the revitalisation of New Lanark and can also claim credit for bringing Doors Open Days to the United Kingdom.