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Specialist Volunteer Network

Empowering a Community of Changemakers

Our Specialist Volunteer Network – connecting over 500 professional volunteers with Scotland’s charities to build capacity and strengthen the sector – is a key part of the Inspiring Scotland model. This support allows charities to focus on core business functions and streamline, scale and innovate to transform the lives of the most disadvantaged people and communities in Scotland.

Inspiring Scotland recruits and manages this community of changemakers, providing an opportunity for skilled volunteering that also results in increased wellbeing, upskilling and employability support for the volunteers themselves. Inspiring Scotland acts as “matchmaker” linking each charity support request with a volunteer or team with the skills they need.

In 2021, our professional volunteers donated ÂŁ610,350 of non-financial support to nearly 300 charities, helping them towards sustainability and increasing their impact.

500+

Specialist Volunteers

300

Charities supported in 2021

ÂŁ635k +

Worth of support delivered in 2021

20+

A range of expertise, from HR and legal to marketing and IT

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Becoming a charity trustee is a fantastic way to contribute your expertise to solving some of society’s deepest issues.

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Does your charity need the support of a professional? We have specialists in a wide range of sectors from HR, and employment law to marketing, all waiting to help you - for free.

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Get involved with our network of over 500 professionals who each want to make a difference, giving their time and expertise to a range of charities. Whether you want to become a board member or offer time in your area of expertise, get in touch.

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Our news

Inspiring Volunteers
06.06.2022

Inspiring Volunteers

This National Volunteers Week, Inspiring Scotland CEO Celia Tennant shines a light on and thanks our volunteers, in their many and varied roles. When the pandemic struck, the reaction from people across the country to support others through volunteering was humbling. So many people felt compelled to use their time and skills to help individuals,

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SVN support to develop digital communications channels
17.03.2022

SVN support to develop digital communications channels

  My name is Angie Alexander, and I am the Chief Operating Officer for Held in Our Hearts, an Edinburgh-based baby loss charity. We provide specialist baby loss counselling and peer support to bereaved families. Our families are the heart of everything that we do, and we offer free, personalised, long-term support including counselling, one

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Fixed-fee risk management support for charities
10.11.2021

Fixed-fee risk management support for charities

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 doesn’t solely focus on risk – also incorporating impacts (outcomes) and issues. It’s important to take a step back and really identify what risks your organisation potentially

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