Third Sector Interface

Third Sector Interfaces ensure the Third Sector is supported, developed and represented at local level. They came into being in 2011, giving Scottish Government and local Councils a Third Sector point of contact in each area.

Glasgow’s Third Sector Interface is an unincorporated partnership between Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector, Community Enterprise in Scotland in partnerhsip with Glasgow Social Enterprise Network, and Volunteer Glasgow.

This partnership fulfils the first three aims of Third Sector Interfaces:

  • To develop and support social enterprises;
  • To develop and support voluntary organisations in their local areas;
  • To promote and support volunteering.

The Third Sector Forum is part of the Interface, connecting the wider Third Sector in Glasgow to the Community Planning Partnership.

Voluntary Action Scotland is the membership body for Scotland’s Interfaces. Read more about Interfaces on the VAS website.

The Scottish Government has a Third Sector Unit. View the Third Sector Unit’s web pages on the Scottish Government website.

The Interface partners

Community Enterprise in Scotland & Glasgow Social Enterprise Network

Community Enterprise in Scotland supports social enterprises to develop sustainable businesses. Through its Enterprise and Communities team, they work with some 100 organisations each year, to create and sustain jobs and to develop services. CEiS works with around 30 social economy organisations in Glasgow each year, providing business support through one-to-one business consultancy and business development workshops. CEiS work throughout Scotland, and also nationally and internationally.

Glasgow Social Enterprise Network is made up of social enterprise leaders who believe social enterprise can transform Glasgow. In order to promote and support social enterprise development GSEN and its members:

  • Provide leadership on issues of importance to social enterprise;
  • Build capacity and strengthens relationships;
  • Communicate with and on behalf of social enterprise in Glasgow to inform policy, planning and decision-making;
  • Gather data and produce research and analysis;
  • Support and contribute to the work of the Third Sector Forum as the main route for strategic engagement with Community Planning partners.

Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector

Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS) is the main development agency and advocate for voluntary and community organisations in Glasgow. GCVS supports the sustainability and growth of voluntary organisations and groups through a wide range of services including: advice; information; representation; training; capacity building; and back office service provision.

Volunteer Glasgow

Volunteer Glasgow promotes and supports volunteering in the third, public and private sectors. It also provides community development, befriending and mentoring, training, community care, and advisory services.


The Interface is required to submit a workplan to the Scottish Government. View our workplan for 2013/14 (pdf 784Kb). We report against this workplan. View our reports.