Commenting on SCVO research showing that 61 per cent of voluntary organisations are facing funding challenges due to increases in energy bills and other costs, along with increased demand for their services, Martin Whitfield MSP said: 

“I know many voluntary sector organisations are struggling to maintain their operations and services, especially due to rising energy costs. Therefore, I very much welcome VCEL highlighting these issues and the advice and support available to the third sector.

“It’s really important that our strong network of community groups are able to continue providing support to communities and individuals. VCEL has a key role to play in assisting them with their vital work.”

To find out about the support VCEL can offer to local third sector organisations, call 01875 615423 or visit