Policy & research

SCVO’s policy team works to ensure that the needs and concerns of the voluntary sector in Scotland are represented in the Scottish, United Kingdom and European Parliaments.

By acting as an authoritative and trusted voice for the sector, SCVO’s policy and research output is delivered through a strong evidence base and an engaged membership.

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The Scottish voluntary sector View the latest sector stats


Over 1 million people volunteered in Scotland last year


There are over 250,000 charity trustees across the country


Last year, 4/5 Scots used a voluntary sector organisation


There are 40,000+ voluntary sector organisations in Scotland


Two thirds of sector income is earned, not donated


In 2017, the voluntary sector had an annual turnover of £5.8 billion


Scotland’s voluntary sector has over 100,000 paid staff


78% of charities in Scotland are local

 Evidence Library

A resource for anyone interested in learning about the voluntary sector in Scotland
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 Policy Forum

Advising us on policies which reflect the best interests of the voluntary sector in Scotland
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 Policy wiki

Collaborate with us to develop civil society policy perspectives for Scotland.
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 Positive partnerships

We recently asked our members and those working in charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises across Scotland to share any successful partnership projects they have with the public sector.
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Details on everything from our intermediaries network to resources and directories for those working in intermediary bodies.
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 SCVO Core Grant Plan 2018-20

We work in a strategic partnership with the Scottish Government to support, develop and promote the voluntary sector in Scotland.
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