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GALLERY: Third Sector Question Time

Last night MSPs Jenny Marra (Scottish Labour) and John Finnie (Independent) joined Lucy McTernan of SCVO and Andy Myles of Scottish Environment LINK in a unique 'question time' style debate about Scotland's constitutional future. David Lee of Public Affairs Co-op chaired the session, which sold out online with almost 40 people in attendance. Questions covered issues of how charities could be heard while remaining neutral, how co-ops and social enterprises can play a larger part in Scotland's society and economy post referendum, the ... Read more

GUEST POST – James Proctor, Co-operatives UK, on the referendum

One week ahead of the Independence Referendum - Third Sector Question Time event we asked our event partners: ACOSVO, Co-operatives UK and Social Enterprise Scotland to set out their views and thoughts for the social economy sector looking ahead to 18th September. Here, James Proctor of Co-operatives UK shares his thoughts: Co-operatives Fortnight is the our opportunity to remind everyone that co-ops are about people as well as profits. That they are about democracy, the right to appoint, and remove, the people that run the co-operative. And about participating in the big ... Read more

GUEST POST – Duncan Thorp of Social Enterprise Scotland on the referendum

One week ahead of the Independence Referendum - Third Sector Question Time event we ask our event partners: ACOSVO, Co-operatives UK and Social Enterprise Scotland to set out their views and thoughts for the social economy sector looking ahead to 18th September. Duncan Thorp, Parliamentary, Policy and Communications Officer for Social Enterprise Scotland shares his thoughts below: Scotland’s innovative social enterprises are taking forward a radical programme of social and environmental change across our communities. These businesses are helping to transform lives, go beyond traditional models of delivery and create a ... Read more

GUEST POST – Pat Armstrong of ACOSVO on the referendum

One week ahead of our Independence Referendum - Third Sector Question Time event we asked our event partners: ACOSVO, Co-operatives UK and Social Enterprise Scotland to set out their views and thoughts for the social economy sector looking ahead to 18th September.  Below, Pat Armstrong, Chief Executive of ACOSVO shares her thoughts: “The status quo is not an option”.  A phrase we hear a lot lately in Scotland.  Most are in agreement that no matter what the outcome of the Referendum, more change will be heading our way.  In ... Read more

INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM – THIRD SECTOR QUESTION TIME

Scottish politicians Patrick Harvie MSP, Scottish Green Party, Jenny Marra MSP, Scottish Labour Party, plus two representatives of third sector organisations Andy Myles, of Scottish Environment LINK and Lucy McTernan, SCVO Deputy Chief Executive, are to debate and answer questions from Scotland’s charities and social enterprises next month on the independence referendum. Public Affairs Co-op, Scotland’s first public affairs workers’ co-operative, working with partners Social Enterprise Scotland, Co-ops UK, and Association of Chief Officers of Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO), are organising the free ... Read more