Welcome to Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action...your local Third Sector Interface
The Third Sector - comprising community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and individual volunteers - has an important role in helping the Scottish Government achieve its purpose of creating a more successful country with opportunities for all to flourish, through achieving sustainable economic growth
Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA) is an amalgamation of three former separate charities - CVS Aberdeenshire - Central and South, Bridge CVS and Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire (VCA). We look forward to building on the strong foundations of those organisations and working together to provide a single point of access where the community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and individual volunteers that make up Aberdeenshire's diverse and vibrant Third Sector can find the support and advice they need.
As one of 32 'Third Sector Interfaces' or 'TSIs' across the whole of Scotland, AVA offers services in four key areas:
- Supporting volunteering
- Supporting local and national Third Sector organisations that operate and deliver services within Aberdeenshire
- Promoting Social Enterprise and helping it to develop and flourish
- Providing an active and informed connection between Aberdeenshire's Third Sector and the various Statutory Agencies and
Public Service Providers around the Community Planning table.
View the AVA TSI Workplan for 2014-15 here.
Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action Amalgamation
25 November 2014
Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action launched in December 2014. Our new Chief Executive Officer for the organisation - David Rodger - was appointed in October and took up the position in the middle of November. He brings a wealth of experience to the position that includes managing Lochaber’s Citizens Advice Bureau; followed by a period with Aberdeen City during which David was a Programme Co-ordinator for both the Working for Families Fund and the Fairer Scotland Fund and a lead on strategic delivery of Community Planning and the monitoring of the Single Outcome Agreement. Prior to secondment to the Scottish Government in 2010 he led the City’s development of tackling poverty and income inequality strategy. Whilst on secondment David was initially appointed as the Programme Manager for Health and Community Planning, facilitating improved co-operation and strategic planning between NHS Boards and their Community Planning Partnerships, and latterly he led the Scottish Government Programme Team tasked with creating the new public body which will replace the Food Standards Agency in Scotland.
Board Chair Sophy Green said, "We are delighted to welcome David to lead the newly formed Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action. His professional background, knowledge of and interest in Aberdeenshire will be a major asset for Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action."
Chief Officer David Rodger said, "I am really looking forward to working with the Board, staff, stakeholders and the communities of Aberdeenshire to build on the strengths of the current organisations and look at effective and innovative ways of enhancing the third sector. We are determined to ensure that the sector flourishes with the new organisation and we will work to ensure that first class services continue to be offered to the communities of Aberdeenshire. With decreasing budgets in the public sector, policy changes aimed at empowering communities, and changes in the welfare system there has never been a better time for communities, public and private partner organisations to work together to deliver effective and sustainable services and resources for the citizens of Aberdeenshire."