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Congratulations to (SVE) for putting on an excellent evening of celebration for the amazing volunteers in Stirling.  It was fantastic to meet the individuals who were behind the applications and to hear from their own words, the difference they make for others, through using their own time and skills.

- Kristine Johnson, Stirling Council

Charity Trading, Contracts & Tax Seminar
January 2017

'As someone who advises charities, this has been really helpful.  It puts me in a better position to answer the questions that charties pose!'

- J Cowie Stirling Council


SVE Staff & Volunteers

Natalie Masterson - CEO

natalieNatalie is the Chief Executive of SVE, and joined in June 2015. In her role, Natalie is responsible for working with the Board on setting the strategy for SVE, and providing leadership and direction to colleagues as we work towards achieving that vision. Through her role, Natalie represents the third sector in Stirling on the Community Planning Partnership Leadership group, and co-chairs the Tackling Poverty and Inequality task group.

Natalie joined SVE after 10 years working in voluntary and public sector management, including most recently for NUS Scotland. Her career has been focused on enabling groups and communities to engage with decision- makers, have their voices heard and affect change in their own lives.

Outside of work Natalie is a Board Member of Zero Tolerance, a charity dedicated to ending violence against women, and she is an active member of her local school Parent Council.

Anne Knox - Third Sector Development Manager

anneAnne has worked for SVE since 2012, when she joined as the Change Fund Engagement officer. She was appointed as Office Manager in 2013.  She is responsible for the smooth running of the office as a whole including the development of office systems, management of facilities and support to the Chief Executive.

Anne got involved in volunteering and the third sector through the local playgroup, parent teacher association and youth club.

Her first paid role within the third sector was when she was employed as part of a Communities Scotland initiative in the position of Communities Engagement Officer within the local Council of Voluntary Service (CVS) in 2005.

Anne is also part of the SVE training team with a particular specialism in charity law and finance and has provided support for a wide range of Stirling organisations in this area

Anne is a Full member of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners (ACIE) the professional body whose sole focus is the Independent Examination of charity accounts

Joanne Rae - Volunteer Coordinator

joanneJoanne joined SVE in 2004 and is currently the Volunteer Coordinator Since taking up employment with SVE she has managed the Supported Volunteering Project, previously known as Open Door which was partly funded through the Big Lottery. As part of her role Joanne also works in the community to help Volunteer Involving Organisations to best support their volunteers. Joanne currently works in partnership with organisations such as Job Centre Plus to support potential volunteers into suitable placements.

Joanne is also a member of the network of the Scottish Mental Health First Aid instructors in Forth Valley and delivers training in this subject.

Prior to working with SVE Joanne managed a Home-Start scheme with British Forces in Germany for 8 years, supporting families of service personnel. This included training and supporting volunteers to visit the families in their own home. Prior to joining the third sector she worked with the MOD in technical drawing offices and trained as a surveyor.

Polly Roger - Integration Engagement Officer

pollyPolly joined SVE as Integration Engagement Officer in May 2015. Polly’s role is to offer support and information to the Third Sector to engage with Health and Social Care Integration, the Scottish Government's ambitious programme of reform to improve services for people who use health and social care services.

Polly has a background of 14 years working in the voluntary sector and brings a wealth of experience of working with children, young people and adults both in the community and in custody.


Lee Stevenson - Organisational Support Officer

lee staff photo copyLee joined SVE (previously CVS) in 2008 and provides governance support and training to third sector organisations throughout the Stirling Council area. Support & training includes start up, fundraising, drafting governing documents, business plans and policies, legal structures, trustees roles and responsibilities, financial systems and independent examination of R & P Accounts. Lee is a full member of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners ACIE.

Lee graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2005 with a BSc in Community Learning & Development. She has a Diploma in Training & Development and the COSCA Counselling Skills qualification.  Recently Lee completed an Open University Post Graduate module in Capacities for Managing Development which she found extremely academic, but also very practical and has been incorporating her new found skills  into her every day work.

In her free time she volunteers as a trustee for Stirling Area Access Panel and has done since 2008.  She also volunteers at the weekend at the Strathcarron Furniture shop in Stenhousemuir.

Lee has been a member of the Falkirk Pool League for over ten years (and still hasn’t won a trophy), she is a founding member of Falkirk Orators (Toastmasters International) and is a member of her local quiz team, however her team are always beaten by the Bridesmaids..

 Rachel Johnston - Organisational Support Worker

dscn0540rachelRachel joined SVE in 2005 as an Information and Advice Worker at the Volunteering Drop-In where she supported people to find a volunteering placement. In 2008 she began working for Open Door, a supported volunteering project helping clients with Mental Ill Health to find and maintain a volunteering placement as a step on the road to recovery. Last year Rachel took on the role of Organisational Support Worker, where she now offers funding advice to organisations, as well as being responsible for SVE communications, organising events and administering SVE Training. Rachel is enjoying this new challenge within SVE.

Over the years Rachel has done a range of further training including COSCA Counselling Skills, a Certificate in Mental Health Studies with the Open University and more recently she is learning to become an Independent Examiner of Charity Accounts.

Rachel has had a range of diverse volunteering roles over the past ten years, including a drug addiction support helpline operative, a Primary School Sports Volunteer and has sat on the board of a local Gymnastics Club. 

Rachel also loves visiting Florida with her family, where as well as visiting Mickey Mouse, she volunteers at Give Kids the World, a purpose built village for Critically and Terminally ill children.

Liliana King - Finance Administrator

lilianaLiliana joined the SVE team (prior VCS) in 2008 in the role of Administrator for the Open Door Project and since 2013 her role has expanded to include administering SVE’s finances.

In her role of Office/Finance Administrator at SVE Liliana is responsible for ensuring the company’s ledgers are kept up to date as well as carrying out daily financial functions along with office administration tasks to ensure the smooth running of the finance department and the office.

Prior to working with SVE Liliana had a varied career working in finance for the construction industry and within the finance sector. She has completed a BSc in Civil Engineering.

In her free time Liliana enjoys being with her family, camping, going on nature walks to various hills and lochs, one of her favorite places being Loch Lomond. She also enjoys skiing and playing tennis with her sons. When the weather is not so good, she enjoys reading, relaxing and listening to jazz music with her husband who plays saxophone for different jazz bands.

Linda Flockhart - Volunteer Administrator

lindaLinda joined SVE (formerly CVS) in 1979.   In addition to admin duties, she worked with clients from the CSO (Community Service by Offenders) Programme as well as people on New Deal placements.   For a number of years she administered grants for BBC Children in Need funding in the Forth Valley area and organised the annual Christmas Event.   During this time she was involved as a visitor and management committee member for a ten-year period with Victim Support.   Following her retirement, she has continued with SVE in a voluntary capacity.

Linda enjoys reading whodunits, rising to the constant challenge of taming her garden and being part of the fellowship in her parish church.


Building Social Enterprise from the Ground Up Event
Monday, 22nd May 2017 from 1pm to 3.30pm


Part of Stirling Business Month, this event will provide local people, with an opportunity to explore inspirational examples of Social Enterprise and social innovation.

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Expressions of Interest

Fundraising - Keeping the Right Side of the Law!
& Maximising Gift Aid

For more info click here

Just Enterprise: An Introduction to Tendering Workshop 

May 10th 2017
Free Course

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