During The Gathering I came across a range of organisations, resources and events which may be useful to third sector organisations and those working with third sector organisations.  I’ve captured what I found in a short directory below and you’ll find some reflections from the event in this post:


GoodHQ – a digital platform where people can share their experience of good causes they care about and discover new ways to get involved.  Your charity may already be listed so head to www.goodhq.org to claim your page and read your reviews.

Text Help – assistive learning solutions help people of all ages achieve their potential by understanding, reading, writing and communicating with greater ease and confidence online.

Voluntary Arts Scotland – championing and promoting creative cultural activity through information, resources, events and campaigns.

Shelter Scotland – supporting over half a million people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness.  This year Shelter turns 50, as an organisation which was set up to solve a specific problem this anniversary is not celebration and Shelter are more committed than ever to work towards solving the housing crisis in Scotland.

Enable Scotland – working for an equal society for every person who has a learning disability.  Enable Scotland are running the #BetheChange campaign asking people to with learning disabilities to share their story to break down barriers and combat bullying.

institute of Fundraising – a membership body with over 575 members supporting fundraisers through leadership and representation; best practice and compliance; education and networking; and we champion and promote fundraising as a career choice.

Good Governance Award – The Award provides a clear, structured approach to assessing and improving a charity’s policies and procedures. Once completed, an Award Certificate provides proof that an organisation is actively engaging in good governance.

Corra Foundation – grant-making to achieve a society for people to create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives.  Corra hold free grant-making advice sessions, more details on their website here.

Firstport – Scotland’s development agency for start-up social enterprises, Firstport have a dedicated awards programme for social entrepreneurs in Scotland.

Carnegie UK Trust – improving the lives and wellbeing of people throughout the UK, particularly those who are disadvantaged.  The Carnegie UK Trust seek to change minds by influencing public policy and changing lives through innovative practice and partnerships.  We are particularly interested in the Kindness Innovation Network.


Open University Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL) – providing voluntary sector organisations with access to free leadership development modules and research-led insight.

CommonHealth – A five year research project, now in it’s final year, which focused on developing and testing the first comprehensive framework of outcomes and instruments for evaluating social-enterprise-based innovation from a health and well-being perspective.  Aberdeen Foyer is a good case study from the CommonHealth project which demonstrates human-centred design to strengthen communities.

Third Force News – news and opinions for the third sector in Scotland.  Third Force News were a sponsor of this years Gathering read more here.

SCVO Briefing – The public view: trust, confidence and support of charities in Scotland. General trust in charities has dropped but personal connections with charities continues to be linked with very high levels of trust and confidence. Read more findings here.

The Lasting Difference – a holistic self-assessment which goes beyond funding and financing and looks at sustainability from many different perspectives.

Volunteering in the arts toolkit – tools to support small and medium-sized arts groups who struggle to improve the support they offer volunteers.  The toolkit includes ideas and suggestions, case studies for inspiration and links to more resources.


17th – 25th March – Get Creative Festival – aims to be the UK’s biggest ever celebration of creative participation, whilst shining a light on all the great cultural activity that takes place across the UK.

SCVO events – lots of events coming up this year with topics ranging from tackling digital exclusion, report writing and developing fundraising skills.

An introduction to GDPR – we are partnering with the Third Sector Interface Highlands to deliver a number of workshops across Scotland in March.  Sign up below:

  • Tuesday 6th March 10am – 1pm in Fort William – sign up here.
  • Wednesday 7th March 10am – 1pm in Inverness – sign up here.
  • Tuesday 13th March 10.30am – 1.30am in Wick – sign up here.

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