Calling all Employer Members of SVSPS

Monday 21st September, Central Edinburgh
11am – 1.00pm

  • Is your organisation a member of the Scottish Voluntary Sector Pension Scheme (SVSPS)?
  • Worried about the cost?
  • Need information and advice?

If you are an organisation still paying deficit contributions into this Scheme then you will be interested in a forthcoming event being organised by SCVO.

SCVO has arranged a meeting of Scottish voluntary organisations to share perspectives on how best to manage the many issues associated with the Scheme, including escalating deficits and recovery contributions, the overall administration of the Scheme and the impact of orphan liabilities.

The event will focus on a review of the options available to Scheme members, including how we might work more closely together. There will be an opportunity to hear from and ask questions of expert advisors and from a colleague from Northern Ireland who is involved in a similar scheme.

To register for this event please reply to Each organisation is able to send up to two representatives to this important discussion.     

A written update will be available for those unable to attend after the event.  If you have any queries about the event, please contact

Strategic Outcome 6 – Our children’s and young people’s outcomes are not undermined by poverty and inequality

Kate Kasprowicz from EVOC leads on SO6, but joined the group after much of the work on the action plans had been carried out. As a result there is a disproportionate focus on the contribution of the public sector.

Kate would like to redress the balance and ensure the work of the Sector is included when the plan is refreshed next year. She is looking for voluntary sector representatives to get involved in the work of SO6 and help highlight the excellent work of organisations committed to tackling the impact of poverty and inequality on children and young people.

Further information can be found in the documents below:

If you are interested, passionate and enthusiastic – please contact Kate Kasprowicz.

Call for evidence: Section 75 employer debt in non-associated multi-employer defined benefit pension schemes

The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) have been running a consultation exercise on ‘Section 75 employer debt in non-associated multi-employer defined pension schemes’.

The deadline for the consultation has been extended to 31st July. We are aware that this will be of interest to a number of organisations.

You are welcome to either use EVOCs response as a template or to endorse the EVOC submission directly to DWP.

Read EVOC’s Response to DWP: Section 75 Employer Debt in Non-Associated Multi-Employer Defined Benefit Pension Schemes

EVOC AGM 2015 – Save the Date!

The EVOC 2015 AGM will be taking place on Tuesday 10th November at the Edinburgh Suite, Easter Road Stadium.

Last year’s event invited key players in Edinburgh’s Third Sector to come and help discuss and shape the future of our city.

Further information to follow, in the meantime please Save the Date.

EVOC comments on #SummerBudget on behalf of Edinburgh’s Third Sector.

The first wholly Conservative budget in 18 years has been announced today by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

A second budget in the year is highly unusual, but has been deemed necessary by the Conservative Government following a surprise majority outcome in the recent General Election to turn ‘promises made’ into ‘promise kept’ for voters.

The One Nation budget ‘for working people’, which ‘puts security first’ outlines changes including tax, defence and benefits, including clarifying the proposed £12 billion in Welfare cuts. It has pledged a £10 billion budget for the NHS by 2020, as well as substantial investment in Britain’s roads and infrastructure.

The sweeping Welfare cuts will hit young people the hardest, with plans to remove both housing benefits for young jobseekers as well as tax credit wage subsidies completely for under 25s. Osborne outlined an ‘earn or learn’ obligation for 18-21 year olds; whilst tuition fees will rise in line with inflation, and maintenance grants for poorer students in England to be further converted into loans.

Families on low incomes are also likely to suffer, with benefits outside London being capped to £20,000 as well as child tax credit cuts. Support for ‘working Britain’ has been demonstrated in raising the tax free personal allowance to £11,000, meaning those working 30 hours per week on minimum wage will pay no income tax.

Tough new penalties were promised on tax evasion with a ‘name and shame’ policy to be introduced to repeated users of failed tax avoidance schemes. Permanent Non-Dom status will also be abolished. Contrastingly, the inheritance tax (more commonly referred to as ‘Mansion Tax’) threshold will be raised to properties with a value of £1 million +, while corporation tax has been cut to just 18% in a bid to boost the economy. The levy on banks will also be reduced, with the introduction of an 8% surcharge on profits.

For Scotland, Wales and NI, there is likely to be further devolution of power, though this remains to be seen. Devolution of powers is already in effect in Greater Manchester, with Leeds, Sheffield and the Midlands potentially set to follow Whilst Osborne has claimed this is to fit with the idea of creating a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ in Northern England and lessening reliance on London, is has been suggested this is more to do with transferring spending commitments from the Treasury.

Ella Simpson, Director EVOC, has commented on the Budget, stating:

“The policies outlined in the Summer 2015 budget will see an incredible number of people who are already struggling move into poverty. In a country with one of the lowest corporation taxes, it is extremely disappointing that Chancellors have not seen fit to ensure that people in lowest wages would benefit from general business relief.

Yet again we are not investing enough in Britain’s future, and are putting our young people at serious disadvantage. Lessons from Welfare Reform in the 1980s which resulted in massive youth homelessness have been completely ignored.”

With the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to be published in full tomorrow; the full effect of the Summer Budget on our most vulnerable remains to be seen. We can be certain however that the Third Sector will be at the forefront, helping those hardest hit pick up the pieces.

Live Well in Later Life Interactive Map

Isabel Cayon
GIS Mapping Researcher Intern | Health & Social Care | The City of Edinburgh Council 

After six months working for EVOC in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council, as part of the pioneering European project URBACT, I am happy to announce the launch of a Web Map Interface of Older People’s services & activities in Edinburgh.

Finding out about the wide range of local activities and services available for older people will now be just a click away. All of this is supported in a user-friendly environment which allows users to find information by simply checking boxes; identifying items on the map by clicking on symbols, finding addresses and the option to zoom in and out to a street level and more!

The purpose of this map is to help anyone (including older people, volunteers, family, carers or social workers etc) access information of what’s happening nearby. It aims to help older people engage with their local community by making information easily accessible and getting ‘out and about’ as simple as possible.

To see the map click here.

Category Descriptions and a User’s Guide are also available.


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.