Last year brought lots of changes to the way we work, but in amongst the challenges we all faced, it also gave us an opportunity to step back and ask new, important questions about the future of work and what silver linings and lessons we might take from covid going forward. 


“Mentoring has been just what I've needed - supportive, refreshing, reassuring!”

 “It (mentoring) provides a type of space and relationship that I don't have access to in my hectic workplace and has been a great opportunity to 'sense check' many of the things that I've encountered in the role.  It's a very special and useful opportunity – so worthwhile!”

Do you know a Chair or Vice Chair who could benefit from peer support, good practice and experience-sharing in a confidential environment?

Spread the word about Chairs Network Scotland and get 20% off your ACOSVO or Chairs Network Scotland membership renewal. The Chair joining us will also benefit from the 20% discount. It’s a win-win!

ACOSVO's Chairs Network Scotland is a dedicated network designed to specifically support the needs of Chairs of Scottish voluntary organisations.

A study out today, and published in TFN, highlights the charity sector is facing a leadership crisis after new research found nearly half of senior leaders are considering walking away due to burnout.



“The Leadership Exchange programme provides an ideal platform for sharing ideas, experience and knowledge across sectors.”


“Seeing things from a different perspective was more than just a momentary insight, it helped me leave my bubble and look around me.”





The Scottish Government have launched 'The impact of COVID-19 on the voluntary sector and volunteering’ Survey. To access the survey please click here.  


Below is a letter from Calum Irving, Head of Third Sector Unit at The Scottish Government.




We are looking for two new people to join our close knit team here at ACOSVO.

These are exciting times for the organisation and these new posts offer the opportunity to put your own stamp on the role, be part of our growth and contribute to enhancing leadership in Scotland’s voluntary sector. Full details below.


Strategic Partners and Fundraising Manager
Part-time 14-21 hours per week. 

Salary £31,431 - £33,276 (pro rata)
12 months initially - intent to continue (funding dependent)

ACOSVO, ACEVO and CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) have teamed up again to conduct the annual CEO Pay and Equalities Survey. For over 10 years, your responses to this survey have allowed the sector to better understand pay and diversity at senior levels.


Your responses to this survey have allowed us to provide the sector with a full, up-to-date picture of pay and reward for its chief executives, as well as an understanding of diversity and equality at this senior level.


Ian's family have set up this Memorial Grove to continue his passion for Scotland's native woodlands.


ACOSVO have supported 60 trees to be planted, one for each year of Ian's life. The trees in this grove will be carefully planted in protected sites in the Scottish Highlands where they will create homes for wildlife and forests for the future.


If you would like to contribute, please visit Ian Findlay's Trees for Life page here.

An update of recent events and plans from the ACOSVO Board and staff team