May Day Public Holiday

Please note that EVOC Offices will be closed on Monday 4th May for the May Day Public Holiday.

We will reopen on Tuesday 5th May at 9am.

Edinburgh Compact Third Sector Forum

Monday 18th May 2015, 10.00am – 14.00pm, City Chambers.

Councillor Maureen Child, Convenor of the Council’s Communities & Neighbourhoods Committee, invites third sector organisations from across the city to Edinburgh’s First Compact Partnership Third Sector Forum.

This will be an opportunity to :

  • Explore the key issues facing the third sector at city, locality and neighbourhood levels;
  • Hear about the new Compact Strategy 2015-20
  • Highlight examples of good practice; and
  • Aim to build confident partnerships for the future.

You can find more information on the Edinburgh Compact website, and can look over the Forum programme here.

To book a place on this event, please email Korstiaan Allan.

EVOC Service User Annual Review (2014/15)

Annually, EVOC and its Third Sector Interface partners (Volunteer Centre Edinburgh and Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network) seek to review its work over the last year.

As part of this review we are inviting all our stakeholders to answer a few short, multiple choice questions which will help us to shape our vision and work for the coming year. Please help us to evaluate our work by completing a short user survey. It should take less than five minutes to complete and is entirely anonymous.

Please note, the deadline for submissions is Thursday 30th April.

Thank you for your support.

ELTF Board Member Update


Geoffrey Lord OBE has now retired from his post of Trustee (and former Secretary) of The Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund.

Geoffrey had served in the role for an incredible 20 years, and brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board. Peter Raistrick will be taking over the role while Geoffrey enjoys his retirement.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Geoffrey for his long standing service and also welcome Peter into his new role.

Events: Adult Health & Social Care Integration – Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

The second in our series of opportunities to feedback and discuss the development of Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board’s Strategic Plan takes place on Monday 27 April, 9.30am.  

This meeting will focus on Edinburgh’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment – a key pillar of the Strategic Plan.

More information and booking for this and all our ‘Feedback, Engage and Create’ events can be found on our Health & Social Care Partnership pages.

Edinburgh Compact Third Sector Forum

Edinburgh’s inaugural ‘Compact Third Sector forum’ will be held on Monday 18th May from 10am – 2pm at Edinburgh City Chambers.

The intention is that this event will develop to be the primary opportunity for representatives of the communities & neighbourhoods committee to meet a broad cross-section of people from Edinburgh’s Third Sector, for a frank and open exchange of views.

 View the Third Sector Forum invite & the Event Programme

To attend, please contact Korstiaan Allan: email:

Integrated Plan for Children & Young People published.

The Edinburgh Children’s Partnership have published the Integrated Plan for Children & Young People 2015 – 2018.

The Edinburgh Children’s Partnership directs the strategic planning, development and delivery of children and young people’s services on behalf of the Edinburgh Partnership. 

The Partnership’s vision is that all children and young people in the city enjoy their childhood and fulfil their potential whatever their circumstances. To achieve this we place children, young people and families at the heart of all our services and provide support when it is needed throughout childhood and the transition to adulthood. The Edinburgh Children’s Partnership comprises representatives from City of Edinburgh Council (CEC), Voluntary Sector (through EVOC), NHS Lothian (NHS), Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA), Police Scotland and Edinburgh College

Read the Integrated Plan for Children and Young People 2015-2018.

EVOC Localities thinkSpace

Over-centralised services simply do not deliver for people. A blanket, one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t meet people’s needs – and that leads to citizen dissatisfaction as well as to waste in the system.

The evidence is clear, localised services are more effective (leading to better outcomes) as well as more efficient (reducing wasted effort)

In Edinburgh, the twin drivers of Health and Social Care Integration and the BOLD (Better Outcomes, Leaner Delivery) programme are moving us towards a localised way of working, with the city divided into four quadrants or ‘localities’.

The city’s Third Sector must both prepare for this shift to localities as well as influence the shift to localities.

To engage, inform, and gather views EVOC is hosting a series of thinkSpace events during April and May. We’re keen for as many Third Sector voices as possible to come together. Please follow the link below to find out more and to register to attend.

Register via Eventbrite





EVOC Voluntary Sector Led Training Programme – Spring 2015

Working in Partnership to support Children and Young People  

The Edinburgh Voluntary Sector – Led Training Programme will take place over the months of April/May. The events will have a GIRFEC focus and include the following sessions:

2nd April – GIRFEC, the Voluntary Sector and Culture Change
23rd April – Families Outside – Out of the Shadows
24th April – The Work of Counselling Children
1st May – Joint Seminar dedicated to adolescent development
5th May – Working with Children and Their Families Affected by Child Sexual Abuse/Exploitation
14th May - Supported Parenting – Getting it right for parents with learning disabilities
21st May – Sharing songs and rhymes with babies and young children – How to deliver a Rhymetime in any setting

These events are all free and are open to all working within Edinburgh Children’s Partnership, however please be aware spaces are limited and early booking is advised. More information about each course can be found by clicking on the relevant link above. You can also download and share the Voluntary Sector Led Training Programme.