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Specialist VolunteerÂ Catherine Alexander, has over thirty-five yearsâ€™ experience in banking and financial services, having worked with private clients, institutional clients, insured defined contribution pension scheme clients and insurance company clients. Most recently Catherine worked with Aegon Asset Management / Kames Capital where she was she was Head of Client Service before joining Inspiring Scotland asRead More
The third sector forms the backbone of our communities and spends the majority of its money and time delivering essential services. While this is critically important, it means organisations are often left with precious little resources to dedicate to the core business functions that enable them to streamline, scale and innovate. Skills-based volunteering offers charitiesRead More
Youth Scotland had run into issues with a company delivering a significant IT project and it was clear we were at risk of the situation becoming a stand-off which could cost us a lot of money. We knew that we needed to obtain advice to understand what our options were but also that obtaining thisRead More
Move On, a charity in Inspiring Scotland’s 14:19 and intandem funds, has been working with pro bono volunteer and HR expert Lynn Reid over an extended period of time to look at some ongoing staffing and organisationalÂ challenges. Lynn has been able to commit time to the project thanks to the flexible working approach and corporateRead More
In conversation with charities, our Specialist Volunteer team has uncovered that risk management is a key area that charities request support with. Often times an organisation’s risk register doesnâ€™t solely focus on risk – also incorporating impacts (outcomes) and issues. Itâ€™s important to take a step back and really identify what risks your organisation potentiallyRead More
Has your charity started using digital in new and different ways over the past year? Or perhaps youâ€™re keen to better connect with your target audience through digital, but arenâ€™t sure where to start? Youâ€™re not alone â€“ over the past year a number of charities have taken on new digital approaches and one questionRead More
Did you know that Inspiring Scotlandâ€™s specialist volunteer opportunities enable you to use your skills and expertise for the greater good? Specialist Volunteer Executive Elaine Crichton explains how you can make a difference. Traditional volunteering roles arenâ€™t for everyone â€“ whilst many of us want to share our time and skills with charities and otherRead More
From board rooms to community halls, volunteers are the backbone of our thriving third sector.Â National Volunteers Week (1 -8th June) is shining a spotlight on the extraordinary commitment of the 12 million volunteers who give their time and experience to charities across the country every week. It is an opportunity for those of usRead More
Inspiring Scotlandâ€™s Specialist Volunteer Network is a free resource to third sector organisations, providing support wherever it is needed most. A common way to use this service is to cover gaps in an organisationâ€™s knowledge or skills. The specialists provide valuable insights and advice from an external perspective, free of charge, ensuring organisations can accessRead More
All charities have the people they serve at the heart of everything they do, writes Performance Advisor Kirsty Gilchrist. It is a core principle of our sector. But people are also at the heart of how they do it. Without the energy, compassion and expertise of staff, charities could not do the extraordinary work theyRead More
To mark small charities week 2021, we’re speaking with Philip Mendelsohn, Chair at Interfaith Glasgow about how Inspiring Scotland’s Specialist Volunteer Network has provided support. “Having engaged with Inspiring Scotland through their management of a grant programme, we noted in the very detailed introduction pack that they offered support through the network that seemed toRead More
Kathryn Welsh, Operations Director at the Macrobert Arts Centre We approached Inspiring Scotland in the hope of finding some pro bono support to help our senior team to navigate a challenging time in our organisational development. Following a funding cut in the new year, weâ€™d been reflecting on our priorities for the year ahead andRead More
Sam Marriott-Dowding is Managing Director of Marriott Communications and a Specialist Volunteer with Inspiring Scotland. He has brought his expertise in communications to several projects supporting charities across Scotland. As a Specialist Volunteer, I work predominantly within communications – so anything from: PR, media management, crisis communications, digital marketing, content creation, social media management, toRead More
Inspiring Scotlandâ€™s Pro Bono team has been working with J.P. Morgan over the last two years. Through its Force for Good program, J.P. Morgan provides, on a pro bono basis, expertise in innovative technology to local charitable organisations. The bankâ€™s Force for Good initiative leverages the power of technology and people to inspire change, fosterRead More
â€śWe were drawn to the Specialist Volunteer Network because of the wide range of skills and expertise provided by Volunteers and the excellent fit with help we were looking for as a charity.â€ť Small charities often lack the infrastructure that larger charities have for HR, IT, Finance and Business Development. On top of this, accessingRead More
By Christopher Graham, Vice Chair of Stepping Stones for Families & CEO of The Marketing Department I write this at a time of change for the Stepping Stones for Families (SSfF) board. We are preparing for our AGM in a few weeks, the final one for our outgoing chair. And my fellow board members willRead More
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