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Introducing THRE – Third Sector Human Rights and Equalities

THRE is a new nationwide project led by GCVS in partnership with HTSI and EVOC.


THRE is working with Scotland’s Third Sector Interface organisations (TSIs) to develop resources, training and networks which support third sector organisations towards taking a human rights and equalities first approach to their organisational development and delivery.

The project will also be helping to equip organisations and individuals with the skills to champion human rights and equalities, allowing the sector as a whole to challenge inequality and make a positive difference.

THRE aims to act as a bridge connecting Scotland’s innovative and thriving third sector to the country’s existing internationally recognised human rights and equalities sector. The goal is to help deliver the Scottish Government’s vision for a Scotland that is inclusive, free from discrimination, and where the human rights of everyone are respected, protected, and fulfilled.

The project has staff based in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Highlands, working with their local TSIs to give the project national reach combined with a local understanding of the needs of the third sector.

THRE is funded by The Scottish Government Equality and Human Rights Fund which is managed by Inspiring Scotland.

Ian Bruce – Chief Executive GCVS said:

“Human rights and equalities can and should be central to the way we approach our work and development as organisations. Intermediaries such as Scotland’s TSIs are uniquely well placed to support the third sector towards this goal. We are proud to be leading this new partnership project alongside EVOC and HTSI to help drive change and further embed a culture of taking a human rights and equalities first approach.”

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Mhairi Wylie – Chief Officer Highlands Third Sector Interface (HTSI) said:

“We know the Third Sector across Scotland are keen to engage with and develop their approach to human rights and equalities. Ensuring that organisations have access to guidance, support and information, regardless of where they are within Scotland, is a critical part of ensuring our rural and remote communities can engage and develop to meet the needs of our increasingly diverse communities.”


Ian Brooke – Deputy Chief Executive EVOC said:

“We are looking forward to working with Scotland’s thriving Third Sector to further grow its approach to human rights and equalities. We will support organisations, whether they are experienced or taking their first steps towards making human rights and equalities a part of how they grow, develop and deliver as an organisation. We will be working with the project partners to connect people to the great work and support already on offer, as well as creating and providing our own.”


THRE is a nationwide partnership made up of:

  • Lead partner GCVS (Glasgow) – project lead for the West of Scotland
  • EVOC (Edinburgh) – project lead for the East of Scotland
  • HTSI (Highlands) – project lead for the North of Scotland

The THRE team includes:

  • Aer Nicholson Clasby – Project Manager | GCVS Glasgow
  • Kate Henderson and Suki Wan – Development Officers – West of Scotland leads | GCVS Glasgow
  • Leah Ganley – Development Officer – North of Scotland lead | HTSI Highlands
  • Alice Tucker – Development Officer – East of Scotland lead | EVOC Edinburgh


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