Edinburgh Third Sector Interface response to the Scottish Government report “Evaluation of Scotland’s Third Sector Interface Network Model and Voluntary Action Scotland”.
Edinburgh Third Sector Interface is a partnership between Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council (EVOC), Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network (ESEN) and Volunteer Edinburgh. We work together to build and enable resilient, sustainable and inclusive communities in Edinburgh, working with people, civil society and organisations to build social capital. As a partnership we have worked closely with the Sector and statutory partners to further our shared ambitions of reducing inequality and creating productive spaces where different solutions can be found for pressing and increasing needs.
The Blake Stevenson research commissioned by the Scottish Government demonstrates a varied picture across Scotland that reflects the diversity of local circumstances and the demands made of local infrastructures. This research is a snapshot and we look forward to working with Voluntary Action Scotland to build on the success of our Scottish TSI network supporting people and communities to maximise their contribution to public and civil society in Edinburgh and Scotland.
Edinburgh TSI partners welcome the recognition that no “one size fits all” and the aim of focusing on approaches that are tailored and responsive to localised needs, relationships and priorities. The quality of our partnership was recognised with our achievement of the EFQM Committed to Excellence Award earlier this year. We look forward to 2017 when we will continue to work with the local Third Sector and community and our statutory partners to develop and support partnerships and enable citizens’ voices to be heard.
Joan Fraser: Chair, Edinburgh TSI Steering Group
Paul Wilson: Chief Executive Volunteer Edinburgh
Claire Pattullo: Chief Executive Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network
Ella Simpson: Chief Executive Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council