Third Sector Interface

GCVS is a key partner in Glasgow’s Third Sector Interface, along with Volunteer Glasgow (VG) and Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN). Together, these Glasgow-based partners provide comprehensive support to the third sector in the city – focusing on staffed and unstaffed voluntary and community organisations, volunteers and community enterprises – to help them to function, grow and thrive.

The Interface partners created and launched Glasgow’s Third Sector Forum (TSF) in 2011, which is now a fourth partner and has a primary role to connect the third sector to community planning in Glasgow, so that the sector can inform and influence CPP decision-making.

About Third Sector Interfaces

Third Sector Interfaces were created across all local authority areas in Scotland in 2011, to provide a consistent arrangement for Third Sector support in each area and representation on community planning partnerships.

All Third Sector Interfaces across the country have four priorities and in Glasgow these are led by the core partners as follows:

  1. To develop and support voluntary organisations in their local areas – GCVS
  2. To promote and support volunteering – VG
  3. To develop and support social enterprises – GSEN
  4. To connect and involve the Third Sector in community planning – TSF

Information on the support GCVS provides to voluntary and community organisations is provided throughout this website and specifically in the GCVS Services section.

In addition, Third Sector Interfaces are represented at national level through Voluntary Action Scotland. VAS connects TSI’s across the country, shares best practice and represents the interests of the TSI network to the Scottish Government and on national networks.  Read more about Interfaces on the VAS website.

The Scottish Government has a Third Sector Unit which supports the development of the Third Sector in Scotland. View the Third Sector Unit’s web pages on the Scottish Government website.

Become a Member

GCVS is the main development agency and advocate for voluntary and community organisations in Glasgow and a key partner in Glasgow’s Third Sector Interface. We help voluntary organisations unite to make a strong collective voice in Glasgow.

Hire the Albany

The Albany Learning and Conference Centre is a dedicated development centre for Glasgow’s Third Sector.  
The Albany is a welcoming venue for meetings, events and conferences.

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