The five core SVA projects are:
Establishing a quality framework and identity for local voluntary action support provision. The Quality Matters project was established to help meet the SVA Programme’s aim to “bring sustainable improvement, build capacity and increase effectiveness” within the CVS and Single Interface network. Quality Scotland, the National Partner Organisation for the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), was engaged by the project to develop a bespoke Voluntary Sector Support Organisation Quality Framework, based on the EFQM model. The framework and accompanying online Pathway tool and supporting documents are now being used by 70 participating organisations from all 32 local authority areas.
Improving the quality and consistency of knowledge about the voluntary sector locally in Scotland. This project will support every Third Sector Interface to gather information on their local voluntary sector, and gather CRM (Customer Record Management) data – in turn supporting them to deliver effective services – and to gather the same information in every part of the country so that a consistent national profile of the voluntary sector locally is developed.
Collaboration & Connectivity
Improving the value for money and sustainability of local voluntary action. The Collaboration and Connectivity project will support better collaborative working between CVS, and between the CVS Network and other voluntary sector intermediary networks.
Leading in Change
Learning and personal development support to help leaders within local voluntary action support networks meet the challenges of change. This project will support CVS boards and senior staff to develop their skills for dynamic, creative and collaborative leadership with a view to enabling them to better support and facilitate voluntary organisations to effect, anticipate, prepare for and influence change.
Improving the development support available to local voluntary organisations by establishing a network-wide approach to it’s provision. The Developing Organisations project aims to offer improved and more consistent organisational development support to voluntary organisations delivered by, and accessible through, Single Interfaces.
The programme also delivers two cross-cutting initiatives, which address all five themes. These are:
Enables good practice which exists within local Interface organisations to be shared with and rolled out to colleagues throughout the network.
Providing facilitated space enabling local and national voluntary action support networks to establish a shared vision and future route map. The Think Tanks were established as part of the Supporting Voluntary Action (SVA) programme. Its remit was “to develop a shared vision, purpose and direction for the voluntary sector support infrastructure in Scotland”.