Based on Arran, on the west coast of Scotland, Arran Community and Voluntary Service are a charity organisation, and partners in the Third Sector Interface (TSI) North Ayrshire with The Ayrshire Community Trust.
The Third Sector comprises of not for profit organisations and associations, including charities, social enterprise, voluntary and community groups and the TSI provide a single point of access for support and advice locally. There are 32 TSIs across Scotland.
The partnership entered into a funding agreement with the Scottish Government. Following a recent review of outcomes, the funded roles are as follows:
Connect the Third Sector to respond to local priorities
Build capacity of volunteering, community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprise to achieve positive change
Voice for the third sector at a strategic level in local planning structures and nationally
Central source of knowledge for third sector locally
Arran CVS works with emerging and established community groups to help ensure that local needs and issues are met. We can help with the setting up of a new group and everything from legislative advice through to engaging with volunteers and the community. We are a membership organisation and office services are provided for groups and public users.
We deliver local based training arrangements, where possible, addressing travel barriers that may be encountered by volunteers. Our partners offer monthly funding surgeries and funding opportunities are shared via our TSI newsletter. Through quarterly forums held locally we provide networking opportunities, training and funding information. We share any new or topical information from Health and Social Care and Community Planning Partners. A PVG disclosure service is available from our office.
Arran CVS are keen to support and promote the diverse range of volunteering opportunities that provide benefits to the volunteers in our community and the organisations they work with. We hold and provide information on volunteering prospects locally.
Both organisations have lead officer responsibilities across North Ayrshire and Arran (regardless of geography). Arran CVS are the third sector point of contact for issues relating to Health and Social Care, Children’s Services and Locality Planning.