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How SVN can help your charity - Inspiring Scotland

How SVN can help your charity

Through our long-standing relationships with our network of professionals, we match requests for support and advice with the appropriate volunteer(s) and facilitate the ongoing engagement between both parties.

Specialist Volunteer Network

The support you need

In 2021, our SVN delivered over £635k of non-financial support to almost 300 charities. The network’s support has been transformational for many organisations, and, critically, it enables senior management to increase their focus on core business functions and to streamline, scale and innovate.

Our network has a wide range of expertise and can help with matters spanning HR, Legal, Finance, Funding, Mentoring and Coaching, Governance and Trustee support, Organisational Design, IT/Digital Support, Business and Strategic Planning, Marketing and Public Relations and more.

Specialist Volunteer Network

Trustee recruitment support

If you’re looking to recruit new trustees to your charity Board, Inspiring Scotland can help. We publish trustee vacancies free of charge on our website and can also support you to run training to ensure your Board is clear on their roles and responsibilities.

Our news


Sitting down with digital experts and Specialist Volunteers, Gordon and Elena

“It’s not just a one-off get the kudos and done relationship […] We grow in this space.”   Our Specialist Volunteer Network (SVN) is an impressive collective of over 500 professionals who lend their expertise and time to the charity sector for free, saving not only those all-important funds, but time and peace of mind.   But

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Inspiring Scotland’s Annual Report published

We are pleased to share our Annual Report 22/23 providing an overview of the work undertaken to deliver on our strategic priorities and mission to improve the lives of people across Scotland. We supported over 700 organisations across 16 funding programmes worth over £50m. As well as new funding opportunities being created, nine of our

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Specialist Volunteer Network at the Gathering

Earlier this month saw 3,000 people from the third sector attend SCVO’s the Gathering, the largest free voluntary sector event in the UK. Our team were more than attendees, taking part in a collaborative funders session and our Specialist Volunteer Network (SVN) hosted a panel discussion alongside Pilotlight on opportunities for charities to access professional

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Supporting charity communications

Communications professional and Specialist Volunteer Sam shares what it was like for him to support charities to plan their strategy and strengthen their communications, PR and marketing.

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The value of advice and support to small charities

Small charities often lack the infrastructure that larger charities have for HR, IT, Finance and Business Development. On top of this, accessing specialist advice and services, such as legal advice, comes at the cost of inevitably having to redirect funding away from the frontline services that make a real difference to children’s lives.

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Contract insight

Supporting Youth Scotland's IT needs

After running into issues with a company delivering a significant IT project, Youth Scotland was at risk of losing a substantial amount of money. They needed advice to understand their options but knew that obtaining this advice could be very expensive. They got in touch with Inspiring Scotland and very quickly thereafter were linked up with lawyers at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, specialists in commercial contract disputes.

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Facilitating development

Facilitating Children in Scotland's annual development session

In December 2020 the Children in Scotland (‘CIS’) Managers Team took part in our annual development session. Inspiring Scotland brought Facilitator, Consultant and Certified Professional  Coach Sarah Griffiths to lead a positive, constructive and enthusiastic session, focusing on team building and collaboration.

Sarah is very knowledgeable and really listened to what we were looking for. She tailored exercises to be relevant and interesting to the group. Her focus on guiding us to find ‘the best way of working together’ and the techniques to implement it were particularly useful, a good mix of theory and practice.

I felt Sarah did a great job of challenging us in a supportive way. I found her really easy to work with and enjoyed the session.

Elaine Kerridge, Policy Manager, Children in Scotland

Navigating organisational development

Strategic support for Macrobert Arts Centre

Following a funding, Stirling’s Macrobert Arts Centre was been reflecting on priorities for the year ahead and refining operations to support their ongoing sustainability. Kathryn Welsh, Operations Director, reveals how specialist volunteer support from Inspiring Scotland helped in navigating a challenging time for the organisation.

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