Engaging with the voluntary sector

The Scottish Government wants to ensure that statutory and voluntary sector responders can work together effectively - maximising the nation's ability to respond effectively to emergencies and major incidents. 

Research and practical experience both point to the importance of prior engagement between organisations if they are to rely on each other during an emergency or period of major disruption.

The Scottish Government has produced The Voluntary Emergency Responders Guide to provide information for Category 1 and 2 responders on the capabilities of voluntary sector organisations that have a national footprint, and for whom emergency response work is a core function.

Many areas across Scotland already benefit from excellent relationships with both national and local voluntary agencies in the context of emergency response. This document is intended to support and supplement these current arrangements.   

This is a living document which we will review and update periodically. 

Please contact us if you would like to comment or offer suggestions on any area of this document, or if your organisation would like to feature in it.