Third Sector Midlothian
Third Sector Midlothian brings together in partnership three organisations which are committed to developing a strong Third Sector; encouraging more people to volunteer; promoting the development of social enterprises and strengthening the relationship between the Third Sector and the community planning process:
Midlothian Voluntary Action (MVA) is the Council for Voluntary Service in Midlothian. They support and facilitate the development and representation of the voluntary sector at a local level.
Volunteer Midlothian encourages and inspires more people in Midlothian to volunteer and ensures that organisations have access to the best possible expertise and guidance on volunteering policy and practice.
Social Enterprise Alliance Midlothian (SEAM) aims to support and promote the development of social enterprise in Midlothian. SEAM is a multi-agency partnership with no legal identity. MVA chair SEAM and host the SEAM worker.
The partner organisations in Third Sector Midlothian receive funding from the Scottish Government, Midlothian Council, Fairer Scotland Fund and a range of other funders.
In 2008, the Scottish Government (SG) announced plans to create Third Sector Interfaces by 2010/11 in each local authority area in Scotland, to perform four key functions:
· To support voluntary organisations operating in their local area
· To promote and support volunteering
· To develop and support social enterprise; and
· To connect the third sector to community planning.
The Scottish Government views the contribution by voluntary organisations and community groups as essential to building strong communities and Interfaces are being developed as a way of strengthening the sector’s involvement in the planning and delivery of services.