About Us

Previously called the Volunteering Roundtable, we changed our name in 2015 to reflect our renewed focus on using our collective experience and expertise to influence the strategic landscape around volunteering in Scotland.

The Forum is an unconstituted group and does not exist to promote the interests of, or to seek funding or resources for, any one organisation. Its fundamental purpose is to facilitate collaboration for the overall benefit of volunteering in Scotland. The Forum has no paid staff. It is facilitated by individuals who volunteer their time above and beyond their organisational day jobs to influence change.


The Scottish Volunteering Forum is a collaborative group of cross-sector organisations that are committed to developing and improving volunteer participation in Scotland. We exist to influence the strategic landscape and champion innovative approaches using our collective intelligence and expertise.


A group of active forum members will form a steering group who will meet quarterly. This group will be responsible for:

  • Agreeing content for an annual survey to better understand the experience, expertise and influence of forum members
  • Agreeing content for thematic surveys to be sent to forum members quarterly
  • Reviewing survey content and identifying relevant forum members to feed into thematic meetings
  • Identifying any wider consultations or engagement activity we’d like to respond to
  • supporting the chair to engage with the Scottish Government and other key decision-makers

The wider forum membership, twitter followers and key stakeholders will be invited to provide evidence and help shape responses.

This will be achieved through engagement with surveys, followed by targeted attendance at thematic meetings.

The wider forum, twitter followers and key stakeholders will also be invited to respond in a reactive manner to other consultation or engagement opportunities that arise.

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Interim Arrangements

Sarah Latto stepped down as elected chair of the Forum in late 2021. Sarah’s contribution to the SVF has been immense and the Steering Group would like to thank her for all that she did during her time as Chair. Although Sarah has stepped down as chair she will continue as a member. As an interim measure, and until at least the end of the financial year, a sub group of volunteers from the Steering Group take forward the work of the Forum until a new chair is sought and appointed.

The Steering Group volunteers who have agreed to help with the temporary arrangements are Jen Reston (Aberlour), Margaret Starkie (Volunteer Scotland), Louise McGinty (Quarriers), Sarah Murray (RVS) , Damian Sherwood-Johnson (Sistema Scotland), David Maxwell (Volunteer Glasgow) and Paul Wilson (Volunteer Edinburgh).

The Scottish Volunteering Forum is a collective of cross-sector organisations with a national strategic focus. All members have an equal voice and role in the forum, including intermediary bodies such as Volunteer Scotland or SCVO, and key representatives from the TSI network.

Some key stakeholders who might have an interest in our work without becoming members include:

  • Association of Volunteer Managers
  • Wider TSI network
Forum Steering Group
Wider Forum: Cross-sector Organisations
Key Stakeholders
Twitter Followers
Thematic Meetings
Reactive Responses e.g. Consultations
Support “Volunteering for All” Implementation

Our Members

For more information about our members and to find out more about what they do, simply click on one of the organisation logos below to be navigate to their website.

Association of Volunteer Managers
Befriending Networks
Cancer Support Scotland
Carol Carbine Consulting
CHAS (Children's Hospices Across Scotland)
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
Children 1st
Children's Hearings Scotland
Dyslexia Scotland
Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity
Edinburgh Rape Crisis
Glasgow Life
Guide Dogs
Healthcare Improvement Scotland: Community Engagement Directorate
Home-Start Scotland
Macmillan Cancer Support
Positive Help
Royal Osteoporosis Society
Royal Voluntary Service
RSPB Scotland
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
Scottish Sports Association
Shelter Scotland
Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans
Sistema Scotland
Social Good Connect
Volunteer Centre Western Isles
Volunteer Edinburgh
Volunteer Glasgow
Volunteer Scotland
Volunteering Matters
Who Cares? Scotland
YouthLink Scotland
TSI Scotland Network
Royal Osteoporosis Society