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GCVS is here to help your organisation achieve success. We offer a combination of one-to-one advice, training courses, services and downloadable guidance – all intended to make your life easier and let you focus on your priorities.  Read more about the funded support we can provide to groups and organisations in Glasgow, including access to free training and more.

Starting a New Group

If you’re considering setting up a new group or organisation, we can help. We’ve guided hundreds like you to take those first few steps. We'll gladly help you understand what's required, find the appropriate structure and get the paperwork right.

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Governance & Charity Law

Getting your governance in order will make everything else your organisation does easier, help you build trust with stakeholders, and give your organisation the best chance of thriving. We can help you put the correct systems in place, and we offer training for Board and Committee members to understand their responsibilities and refresh their knowledge regularly.

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Engagement & Design

Delivering great services starts with engaging with the people you will work with. Getting that right is essential – good community engagement builds trust, connection and understanding of your community’s needs. We can help and offer support with service design, helping you create the best possible service.

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Planning & Management

Organisations often need help planning for the future or managing a change to their situation, regardless of their size or age. This might include income generation, risk analysis, organisation development or crisis management. We offer resources, training and advice at all levels.

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Funding & Income

Every organisation needs to consider its income and financial sustainability. You might do that with grant funding, fundraising or by charging for your services. No matter what combination works for you, we can help you plan for it with training and one-to-one advice.

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Finance & Payroll Services

Our payroll service is available to both third-sector organisations and to individuals who manage their own care. We offer a complete end-to-end service, which includes making payments directly to your employees' bank accounts, dealing with HMRC, pension providers, and all other payroll-related queries.

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HR and Health & Safety

Your organisation is responsible to the people who deliver and use its services. There are a lot of rules and regulations that apply to employers, including HR and health and safety. We offer expert support, subscription options and regular training courses designed specifically for the voluntary sector.

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Workplace Qualifications

Our learning and development opportunities reflect the needs of teams and individuals across Scotland’s voluntary sector. Work-based qualifications, such as SQAs and PDAs, recognise the skills, experience and practice required to perform a role at the nationally recognised standard. We also provide opportunities that help strengthen the skills of the sector’s workforce.

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Human Rights & Equality

The voluntary sector has a key role to play in ensuring that we build a better and fairer society. Understanding and embedding human rights principles and equality practices into your organisation will help you to achieve your aims. GCVS leads a nationwide Third Sector Human Rights & Equalities project (THRE) in partnership with HTSI and EVOC.

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Climate Action

Climate change is already happening, and it’s all our responsibility to consider how we can reduce carbon emissions and prepare for the impact of change in our communities. Our focus is on groups. We'll help you take action by providing advice and training and helping you build connections with local partners and resources.

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Resource Bank

Sometimes, you may be looking for a template or a link that will provide the answers you need for a specific topic or problem. We have lots of information and development tools we’ve created or collated through our partners to help. Browse through our resource library and download anything you think can help. Use the categories to search by topics.

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Workplace Qualifications

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We offer learning and development opportunities that reflect the needs of Scotland’s voluntary sector. Our workplace qualifications, including a range of SVQs, are available to help strengthen the skills of our workforce.

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