We had a brilliant day at our 2018 annual conference through in Glasgow on November 1st. We can't thank our Chairs, speakers, table & workshop leads, and of course members & delegates enough for coming along and making the day so great.


Evidence shows that encouraging (and leading) an active lifestyle in the workplace leads to a happier, more productive workforce, so where better to start than the leader?


Ok, maybe not by balloon... but in 2019 ACOSVO Chief Executive, Pat Armstrong OBE will be hitting the road to ensure ACOSVO is meeting the needs of all of its members, not just those across the central belt. We are going to shake up the way we organise our local network meetings and start to plan our visits according to member requests. 

ACOSVO are delighted to announce The Open University (OU) are the main supporters for this year’s annual conference ‘Rebel with a Cause’.


The Open University is Scotland’s national widening access university, offering quality higher education and its unique open access entry policy to learners in communities across the country.


ACOSVO Chief Executive Pat Armstrong OBE said:


Thank you to everyone who completed our recent biennial Member Survey. As an organisation that prides itself on being ‘member led’ the Member Survey is extremely important for us to gauge how to best position ourselves in order to be of most benefit to you, our members.


Do you have a pressing leadership issue you want to discuss with your peer network? 

ACOSVO are delighted to announce we are streamlining our processess and moving over to a new CRM systmem! We will be migrating away from our venerable ACCESS database (labour intensive/not joined up/only accessible by one person at a time etc etc) to a state of the art, customised system.


While most of this change will, we hope, be undetectable to you as members it will significantly enhance the way Team ACOSVO are able to interact with you and provide an even better service.


Patricia Armstrong, Chief Executive of the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO) has been presented with her OBE today at Holyrood Palace. The Honour has been awarded for her services to Voluntary Organisations.


A highly respected figure and leader in the sector, Pat has been recognised for her dedication to inspiring leadership across Scotland’s voluntary sectors and beyond.


“And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk more.”
- Erica Jong


As third sector leaders we all want to make a difference in this world but does that mean we sometimes have to be a bit rebellious, and how do we balance this yet ensure we keep our trusted reputation?