A consultation on the draft Regulations to implement the Best Start Grant which will be a form of Early Years Assistance under the Social Security Bill.

The purpose of this consultation is to test the Early Years Assistance (Best Start Grant) Regulations and identify any gaps, issues or unintended consequences.

Full details available here

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has created the Digital Check-up to help organisations measure the digital maturity of their organisation and prioritise the first steps to improve.

The supported assessment survey can then be used again at a later date to benchmark progress the organisation is making.

The Digital Check-up is aimed at small- to medium-sized organisations looking to improve how they use technology, whether that be how they design their services, communicate with their audiences, manage their internal processes or how they store and manage their data.

The SCVO digital team can also offer support to those who complete the Digital Check-up across a range of areas including leadership, culture and skills; tools and technology; content, marketing and use of data; and security and cyber resilience.

Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/y89l44vm 




The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has published its ‘Charities and Trading Guide’.

The guide contains information on:

  • the different types of charity trading
  • trading subsidiaries
  • charity trustee duties in relation to trading.  
  • It is aimed at charity trustees, and people working with trustees. It will also be useful to those applying to become a charity which intends to carry out trading.

Read their trading guidance here.




Charity trustees are our secret superheroes. They are the volunteers who run our charities – their commitment and passion is what drives the third sector and makes a real difference in our society. While it is a rewarding position, it is not always an easy job and running a charity comes with great responsibility.

During The Gathering 2018, OSCR held a session explaining more about the charity trustee role, what they must do and the principle of collective responsibility.

You can view a video of their presentation here.


They have published guidance that sets out the rules that a charity must follow when carrying out their fundraising activities. 

‘Fundraising Guidance for Charity Trustees’ highlights the duties of all charity trustees under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 and how these duties can apply to fundraising.

It contains information on:

  • Scotland’s system of fundraising self-regulation
  • charity trustee duties
  • fundraising with third-party organisations
  • public collections and exempt promotors.

Read their fundraising guidance for charity trustees here.

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