The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of a strong charity sector in Scotland, and good governance has been crucial in steering charities through these challenging times. The legal environment within which Scotland’s 25,000 charities operate is critical to this, which is why the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government for 20-21 included a commitment to re‑start its engagement on changes to charity law.

While we haven't quite closed the door on 2020 yet, one thing we know for sure is that this year will go down in history.


The entire world has changed and each of us have all played a part. As part of ACOSVO's small slice we endeavoured to be there for all of our voluntary sector leaders to ensure they could lead their organisations through this year and beyond, here we take a look back at just some of our year:


2 to 6 November 2020

The future of governance


Trustees’ Week Scotland is going online!

During the initial crisis period of March to July 2020, ACOSVO offered over 85 free virtual events, networks, and support sessions including weekly check-ins, chair check-ins, thematic discussions, workshops and masterclasses to respond to the needs of the sector. 


In order to assess and evaluate the impact of the above services an online survey was conducted in July 2020 by ACOSVO in consultation with its members. 51 members participated in the survey that was accessed through a web link.


ACOSVO Chief Exec, Pat Armstrong was recently invited to sit down with Anna Gardet, Principal Consultant at Prospectus, as part of their leadership series podcast.

From Prospectus website:


Launching in November, THINK are offering a NEW programme of six thriving fundraising master classes to ten charities across Scotland.  The programme is aimed at charities looking to develop and sustain their fundraising through challenging times.  It offers a complete overview of all income streams and is delivered by specialist leaders in each of the fundraising fields.

Rhoda Reid, Project Lead, COVEY Befriending & Mentoring shares her top tips for running a virtual AGM. 

ACOSVO are delighted to announce Ellis Whittam as a new trusted Strategic Partner.  Based out of Chester and Glasgow, Ellis Whittam are one of the UK’s leading providers of quality, fixed fee, employment law and health and safety support. 


This important partnership allows ACOSVO to provide members and Chair Network Scotland participants with access to Employment Law/HR and Health & Safety advice through the following benefits:


In the current COVID climate we understand "walking in another's shoes" just doesn't quite sit as well. However our Leadership Exchange Programme, which pairs leaders across sectors to learn from each other, encourage collaborative working, and improve leadership capacity, is still as strong as ever. 


With our next application deadline approaching and no end to virtual meetings really in sight, we think this might actually be the perfect opportunity (and timing) to reflect, refresh and #buildbackbetter with other leaders! 

Recruitment; HR; Mergers; employment law; financial planning; health & safety concerns; property disputes... just some of the issues you the leader of your organisation might be dealing with at the moment and ACOSVO is here to help.