Support to Members

Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) exists to be the network organisation for Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs). We support our members through programmes of work that aim to:

  • Connect them with each other and relevant stakeholders;
  • Develop their capacity on key areas of their work
  • Gather and amplify their voices.

 

Connecting

We connect TSIs with each other by hosting regular forums for practitioners in multiple areas of work, including:

  • Volunteering
  • Social enterprise
  • Governance, quality and improvement.

 

We also host specific events so that our network can learn more about key topics and speak directly with expert organisations.

For example, we recently facilitated a meeting between TSIs and the Scottish Parliament Community Outreach Team at the Scottish Parliament, to set out a new regional approach for the Team’s engagement with communities and local third sector organisations, with TSIs at the centre.

We have also held a session in partnership with the Information Commissioners Office on GDPR and its implications for small, charitable organisations that our TSI Network work with. 

Last year our annual conference had over 30 workshops and seminars, each with a different partner organisation. Read our 2017 Conference Report

We also provide an online space for our members to connect and converse with each other.

 

Developing Capacity

We offer our Network bespoke training on areas such as charity law, supporting social enterprise, basics of fundraising, and human rights. Training like this helps new and existing TSI staff to develop their competencies on issues that underpin their work.

We also deliver specific projects that explore new areas of public policy.

We’ve worked with the Social Enterprise Academy to increase knowledge and skills on supporting social enterprises

We ran a set of three health and social care integration projects to help our members explore and establish their role as health and social care integration was rolled out in Scotland. 

 

Network Voice

We facilitate conversations between our members to establish their views on specific topics and then provide submissions to others on these views. For example, we’ve responded to Scottish Parliament on The Islands Bill and made several submissions on how human rights approaches can be supported at community level.