Third Sector and Volunteering Hubs (previously knows as Voluntary Action Perthshire) were formed through the merger of the Council for Voluntary Service and the Volunteer Centre in Perth & Kinross.
Third Sector and Volunteering Hubs are departments of PKAVS and fulfill the function of the Third Sector Interface for Perth & Kinross. We are funded by the Scottish Government and Perth & Kinross Council to provide four key functions:
- support, develop and represent the third sector
- support, develop and represent social enterprises
- support, develop and represent volunteering
- support and promote third sector engagement with the Community Planning Partnership
Each local authority area in Scotland has a Third Sector Interface (TSI) to support, promote, develop and represent the Third Sector. The Third Sector Interface is also the vital connection between the Community Planning Partnership (CPP) and the third sector.
CPPs are made up of public, private and third sector bodies including the local authority, Health board, Fire, Police and others. They are tasked with ensuring "public services provided in the area of the local authority are provided and the planning of that provision takes place" (Local Government in Scotland Act 2003). Local authorities have a duty to initiate, maintain and facilitate this process and Scottish Ministers have a duty to promote and encourage the use of Community Planning.
Read Supporting a Stronger Third Sector, a report on the impact of Scotland's 32 interfaces by Voluntary Action Scotland.