Volunteer Scotland

Volunteer Scotland

At a glance


  • Voluntary sector support

Other details

Organisation type: 
Geographical remit: 
National - Scotland


We exist to help you make a difference through volunteering. 

Scotland, more than ever, needs us all to share in the nation’s common good. The potential to bring out the best in us has never been better and we’re supporting you by:

  • recognising the need for volunteers and demonstrating how this makes a difference
  • understanding what volunteers and volunteer involving organisations want to do 
  • making volunteering easy for everyone, so that more people volunteer and have a great time


We are the only national centre for volunteering

We receive funded support from the Scottish Government and others to:

  • research, demonstrate and measure the impact made by volunteers
  • develop skills through training and useful volunteer development tools, policies and guides
  • offer a one stop digital gateway to anyone looking for volunteer opportunities
  • support organisations to advertise volunteer opportunities and events online
  • provide an expert disclosure service for voluntary organisations
  • promote and grow volunteering through partners, funders, Government, and policy makers
  • work with others to support projects, innovation and creativity in volunteering


Our mission is for 'more people volunteering: enjoyably, safely and regularly'. Our wide-ranging activities support the following outcomes:

  • Inclusive volunteering: There are diverse, quality, and inclusive opportunities for everyone to get involved.
  • Recognition and celebration: There is an environment and culture which celebrates volunteers and volunteering and all of its benefits.
  • Community development: The places and spaces where we volunteer are developed, supported, and sustained.
  • Policy impact: Volunteering in all of its forms is integrated and recognised in our lives and through local and national policy.
  • Lifelong engagement: Volunteering participation is valued, supported, and enabled from the earliest possible age and throughout life.

We provide 5 key roles in relation to volunteer development:

  1. Voice and advocacy
  2. Leadership and Collaboration
  3. Experience and Standards
  4. Evidence and Knowledge Exchange
  5. Safeguarding

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