The voice of the Voluntary Sector with a strong and diverse membership. Dedicated and experienced staff providing support, development advice, facilitating networks as well as sharing news and information. We also provide office space to rent, room hire, grant finder services, administration services and much more.
Falkland Gardening Group is a registered charity whose aim is to enhance Falkland, and to improve and maintain the environment of Falkland by using various planting themes throughout the year. They also provide allotments and poly-tunnel space where members are able to grow various produce.
The Circle is a growing social enterprise based in Staffa Place in the north of Dundee. We are a community hub offering affordable workspace for charities, social enterprises and small businesses. Our spaces comprise of offices, co-working space and meeting spaces, as well as gardens and a café which we hope to make available to community groups.
Aberdeen City Voice is a panel of Aberdeen City residents. We contact them on a regular basis to ask for their views on a wide range of issues that affect the community. At the moment around 1000 residents are on the City Voice Panel and we send them 3 questionnaires a year. The City Voice is supported by Aberdeen’s Community Planning Partnership so it covers a wide range of topics.
Aberdeen Women's Alliance are a small, local, charity that was set up in 2004. Our aim is to enable Aberdeen womens' voices to be better heard by decision-makers. Since 2013 we have also run a successful local women's history project. Most recently during the pandemic, we have worked with our partners to make sure some disadvantaged women are having their basic needs met.
Promoting learning opportunities, particularly in the fields of healthy living, improving literacy, active citizenship, the recognition of achievement and employability, promoting a broad range of non-formal but structured group learning activities for public benefit. Supporting people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to become more involved in planning their own learning programmes and their continued development. Engaging with the most vulnerable people and groups and planning programmes with them which will help them to reach their full potential. Working with young people to plan and support their own learning and achievement programmes. Offering guidance and support to groups and individuals who would like to broaden their learning opportunities and gain accreditation monitoring and evaluating the association’s activities with a view to ensuring continuous improvement.
We provide support, learning and development opportunities for people and organisations. We provide guidance, support and training to Third Sector organisations and community groups. We enable people to engage with their local community, develop and learn new skills through volunteering. We also facilitate Third Sector representation at a local level through our delegate system. Elected from with the Sector, delegates voice challenges and opinions on emerging issues, get involved in local decision making and champion the work of the Sector.
CatStrand is the central hub of the Glenkens Community & Arts Trust (GCAT). Its main aim is to bring much needed activities, services and facilities to this geographically isolated area through a year round programme of community and arts events. It offers a range of community services including a bus service, newsletter, drop-in advice sessions and free internet access and also acts as a hub for local tourism and heritage information. CatStrand provides the base for the Connecting in Communities project; which provides events and opportunities for Glenkens residents, including: Fitness, Yoga, Tai Chi, Adult Dance/Movement, Ukulele Group(s), Digital Photography, Singing and the Glenkens Men's Shed in Balmaclellan. Catstrand currently has a number of different opportunities for volunteers of all ages to get involved with.
Aberdeen Civic Forum represents the views of communities in Aberdeen on the Community Planning Partnership.
We help to ensure that all the communities of Aberdeen have their say when plans are made for the future of the City of Aberdeen.
The aims and objectives for which the group has been established are:
To provide a service the provides peer support, bringing its members out of possible loneliness and isolation building self confidence and self esteem.
c) Bring awareness to the community of the problems that mental ill health causes and help to eradicate the stigma of mental health issues.
To improve the quality of life for individuals in our local community through the provision of a professional and focussed advice and information service.
To provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice on a range of issues including benefits and debt.
To promote our successful and sustainable charity shops which provide good quality and affordable products to our customers.
We support, develop and represent community groups, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering. We have around 35 staff members covering these activities across Fife, operating from our offices in Glenrothes, Cupar, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy. We provide a wide range of support to third sector organisations and have expertise in a wide range of skills and topics including governance, funding, legislation, policy, volunteering, managing people, planning and problem solving.
We receive core funding from the Scottish Government and Fife Council to provide four key functions:
- support, develop and represent the third sector.
- support, develop and represent social enterprises.
- support, develop and represent volunteering.
- support and promote third sector engagement with the Community Planning Partnership.
The Tillydrone Community Campus was officially opened in August 2019. The campus brings together a range of services to support the community including existing community organisations such as The Lighthouse, M26, and a range of community, voluntary and council services.
As well as providing vital services to those most in need, the campus also includes a library, crèche, cafe, and rooms for classes and activities.