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Voluntary Sector

The chances are that most people in Scotland have some contact with the “Voluntary Sector”, whether they know it or not.   The “Voluntary Sector” (or “Third Sector”) is a term used to cover community groups, voluntary organisations, social enterprises, many (but not all) sports clubs, and charities.

Services provided by this sector include uniformed youth organisations (e.g. Boy Scouts, and Girl Guides), youth clubs, lunch clubs for older people, gala days, village halls, campaigning, advocacy, befriending, support, etc.   Although many care services (e.g. housing, nursing homes, children’s services, day care for older people and people with disabilities and mental health services) are still provided by local authorities and other statutory agencies or the private sector.  An increasing number are being provided by voluntary sector organisations, often under contract to the statutory sector.   Some of these service providers are small local organisations with small numbers of staff plus volunteers, whilst others are regional, Scotland or UK-wide, and can have substantial numbers of staff.

Further information about the Voluntary Sector can be found in our Community Toolkit.

Information on charities can be found on the website of the Office of the Scottish Charity Register (OSCR).

Information on Midlothian organisations can be found here.



Voluntary Sector Links:


Arrow Icon Office of the Scottish Charity Register (OSCR)  
Arrow Icon Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations