ACOSVO is delighted to congratulate not one, but two of our leaders, our CEO, Pat Armstrong OBE & board member and CEO & Founder of Resonate Together, Angela Watt who were chosen as two of The Euclid Network (EN) Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise in 2021.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the below statements about the sudden passing of our dear friend, Chair of ACOSVO, and Chief Officer of Paths for All, Ian Findlay.

Paths for All have set up an online condolences book so we encourage you to share your thoughts and memories there.


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We know tough choices are being made in really difficult circumstances and so today, EHRC has written to business groups to ask them to remind their members what they must do to treat all staff fairly when making redundancies.


Please see here a letter from Lynn Welsh, Head of Legal at the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland.

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.