Collaborating for Community Impact Front CoverVoluntary Action Scotland has launched a new report looking at the impact of third sector interfaces.

The report, entitled ‘Collaborating for Community Impact’, draws together the TSI activities from 2014/15. It demonstrates the scale and scope of the work TSIs are undertaking across Scotland and the impact they are having in supporting the local third sector.

One figure which stands out is the sharp spike in youth volunteering in Scotland. The figures show that in 2014/15 over 24,000 young people were awarded Saltire Certificates recognising their youth volunteering. This represents an increase of 5000 from 2013/14 and over 10,000 since 2012/13 when the figure stood at 14,000 Saltire Certificates awarded in the year. The Saltire Awards scheme is delivered by Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) across Scotland.

Third Sector Interfaces are supported by the Scottish Government to develop volunteering, support and develop social enterprise and voluntary and community organisations, and build the third sector relationship with community planning locally.

Calum Irving, CEO of Voluntary Action Scotland, the national network body for TSIs, commented:

“We are delighted with the findings of this report which highlight the significant impact that TSIs are having across Scotland.

“One figure that really stood out was the rise in the number of young people achieving Saltire Awards for youth volunteering, over 24,000, which is an increase of over 10,000 in the space of two years. The thousands and thousands of young people improving their communities through volunteering needs to be celebrated.

“We believe this report once again demonstrates the importance of a strong third sector infrastructure to support, connect, enable and develop the third sector locally.”

The full report can be found here.

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