Consultations 1This page will be updated monthly to provide up-to-date links to consultations relevant to the third sector.

Survey: Worry about affording food? You’re not alone.

Whether you struggle to make ends meet from time to time, you’ve been unable to access nutritious food or you’ve had to skip a meal because your budget simply wouldn’t stretch. Bring your thoughts to the table at: Or pick up a copy of the survey at Banff & Buchan Citizens Advice Bureau #FoodOnTheTable

Saltire Awards Survey

The Scottish Government have reaffirmed the overall aim of the Saltire Awards and all future developments will link back to this clear aim: “The Saltire Awards should be a well-known, easy to access, simple and engaging way for young people to gain recognition for volunteering in their communities.” As part of this and building on the success of the awards, Project Scotland and SCVO on behalf of the Scottish Government and in partnership with local Third Sector Interfaces have teamed up to carry out a short (5 minute approximately), online survey for young people (aged 12-25 years) to complete. All feedback will help shape the awards and recognition of volunteering and young peoples great achievments. All survey participants will have the chance of winning £50 of love to shop vouchers.
The survey can be accessed at:
The closing date for submissions is Monday 5th November 2018. If you have any questions, or require further information please contact Zara Todd at

Working with Scotland's Communities Survey

Do you work with communities to support their learning and development? If so, you need to make sure your voice is heard through the Working with Scotland's Communities survey 2018. This survey is part of research commissioned by Education Scotland and CLD Standards Council into the community learning and development workforce. Rocket Science UK Ltd has been commissioned to conduct this research. They are keen to hear from the widest possible range of practitioners, volunteers, employer organisations and stakeholders. Your views are important for them to be able to understand who is doing what across Scotland. This helps to better advocate for community learning and development, and better support the workforce, volunteers, employers and organisations with the training and development needs. Read more and take part in the survey here: 

Improved English language provision

To improve access to learn English for Aberdeenshire residents whose first language is not English, the Aberdeenshire Learning Community Partnership (ALCP) is conducting a survey to gather information on what support exists and how it could be increased. The ALCP will use the results of the survey to help it engage with stakeholders to agree on a strategy for the delivery of English language learning support. Your feedback will assist in establishing a single portal for those who need support for learning English to connect with those who can deliver that support. It will also help provide information on what resources and funding should be secured to develop English language provision in Aberdeenshire. Visit the survey here:

Mapping participation requests one year on

Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) would like community groups and organisations to tell them about their experience of participation requests so far, even if, before reading this, you had never heard of them! Participation requests are a new way for community groups and organisations to have their voices heard in the planning and delivery of services. The right to make a participation request to a public body was introduced as part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, and came into effect on the 1st April 2017. Please take 5 minutes to answer some questions about your experience of participation requests. This will help to build a picture of how participation requests are being used across Scotland and provide information on what else might be needed to ensure that the legislation works as intended. Take part in the survey here: 

Adult Learning in Banchory
Banchory Community Council would like to find out what adult learning activities people would like in the Banchory area. Could you complete the short survey which will help them develop an activity programme? Take part here:

Scotland's Forestry Strategy 2019-29

Diverse and versatile forests and woodlands are located across Scotland and serve both our rural and urban communities; they are valuable natural assets, providing a range of benefits which support sustainable and inclusive economic growth, sustain livelihoods, enhance our environment and improve people’s quality of life and well-being. The deadline for contributions is 29th November. Visit the consultation here: 

Consultation on Young Carer Grant

The Scottish Government is consulting on the development of the policy and regulations for the Young Carer Grant, a new benefit which will be delivered by Social Security Scotland. The grant will provide a £300 one-off payment, which can be applied for annually for young carers aged 16-17 (and 18 if still at school) with significant caring responsibilities. The consultation closes on 10th December 2018. To take part, visit:,5VY5S,OZUA4I,N0XZO,1‚Äč

Scottish Government Consultation Hub

The Scottish Government wants to make it as easy as possible for those who wish to express their opinions on a proposed area of work to do so in ways which will inform and enhance that work.
They have a consultation hub on their website where you can view and take part in consultations as well as see consultations that have already been archived.

Visit the hub here:

Please send information about consultations that are live and relevant to the Third Sector to: