Scottish updates on workforce, volunteer and other funding

Scotland’s major third sector event The Gathering (25th/26th February) prompts a number of Scottish news items.

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon was interviewed by Third Force News. She gave a commitment to achieve three-year funding for the third sector and to involve it more in the delivery of public services. She tells TFN how “social justice and equality will be at the heart of every policy she makes and how she believes the sector will be a crucial ally in taking this agenda forward.” See interview overview or the full version on TFN.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations’ 2015 workforce research report was released for the event. The research is based on a survey of more than a thousand people working in the sector. Unsurprisingly, low pay and lack of job security are major concerns, and are set against the positive aspects of the work. Third Force News http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/management/features/working-in-the-third-sector-is-a-double-edged-sword, SCVO news item http://www.scvo.org.uk/scvo-news/cuts-short-term-funding-rising-demand-piling-stress-on-charity-workers/ or direct to SCVO Workforce Survey 2015 http://www.scvo.org.uk/long-form-posts/scvo-workforce-survey-2015/.

Scottish Government funding levels for the Volunteering Support Fund, managed by the Voluntary Action Fund, were announced for 2015-16. This should see 3,000 volunteers from disadvantaged backgrounds recruited and trained. Official announcement http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/-1-1-million-support-for-volunteers-1652.aspx.

The Scottish Government will also continue to fund Community Jobs Scotland. Run by SCVO, this places young people into paid employment lasting between 6 to 18 months. A further 1,000 should be placed into employment by the third sector. See TFN news item.