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Third sector interfaces

Third sector interfaces provide a single point of access for support and advice for the third sector within the local area. There is a network of 32 interfaces across Scotland: one for each local authority.

We fund interfaces to deliver the following actions across their local authorities:

  • volunteering development
  • social enterprise development
  • supporting and developing a strong third sector
  • building the third sector relationship with community planning

The interfaces' core services are set out in the common services framework for third sector interfaces, published in 2013.

We have also produced guidance on third sector interfaces' monitoring and evaluation.

View third sector interfaces: contact details.

Voluntary Action Scotland

All 32 third sector interfaces are represented by Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS), whose role is to develop, support and represent the interfaces through:

  • promoting the positive impact that the interfaces have at a local level
  • encouraging good practice
  • raising the profile of the interfaces at a national level
  • facilitating peer support to our colleagues in the network

Visit Voluntary Action Scotland's website for more information.

Evaluation and improvements to the Interface model

In 2016 we commissioned independent consultants Blake Stevenson and Arrivo Consulting to evaluate Voluntary Action Scotland and the interfaces model. Read their evaluation of Scotland's third sector interface network model and Voluntary Action Scotland.

We published a third sector infrastructure communication and engagement plan to set out how we will act upon the report's findings. We are holding local stakeholder discussions to discuss improvements to the third sector infrastructure, and aim to submit improvement proposals for Ministerial consideration in autumn 2017.