About Us

The independent, collective voice of volunteering leaders in Scotland.


The Scottish Volunteering Forum is a collaborative group of volunteering leaders that are committed to developing and improving volunteer participation in Scotland. We collaborate to influence the strategic volunteering landscape and champion innovative approaches using our practitioner intelligence and expertise.

The Forum is an un-constituted group which holds no independent legal personality. The Forum does not act in the name of, or on behalf of, its individual members. The Forum does not raise finance for its activities and has no paid staff. It is facilitated by individuals who volunteer their time above and beyond their organisational day jobs to influence change.


Membership is open to any individual who can demonstrate that they meet any one of the following criteria:

  • A volunteering leader in any influential volunteer involving organisation.
  • Bodies representing thematically focused network of VIOs, such as youth and sports organisations.

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Jen Reston (Aberlour) was elected chair of the Forum in 2022. She is supported in her role by two elected vice-chairs; David Maxwell (Volunteer Glasgow) and Paul Wilson (Volunteer Edinburgh).

As a collective of cross-sector volunteering leaders all members have an equal voice and role in the forum.

The Forum actively seeks collaborative opportunities with key stakeholder intermediary bodies with whom we share common goals members including:

  • Volunteer Scotland
  • SCVO
  • Third Sector Interface Network
  • Association of Volunteer Managers
Scottish Volunteering Forum
Non-member Volunteer Involving Organisations
Key Stakeholders
Twitter Followers
Thematic Meetings
Reactive Responses e.g. Consultations
Support the Volunteering Action Plan

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