The Third Sector across Highland
In Highland the responsibility to deliver the role of a Third Sector Interface is shared through a network of delivery organisations. HTSI maintains overall responsibility for delivery of the agreement with the Scottish Government but we recognise the need for local service delivery and relationships. Our delivery partners are a key support and local contact for the sector throughout the Highland. We currently have five delivery agents across the region.
Voluntary Action Lochaber
Meet our new Inner Moray Firth Team!
The Highland Third Sector Interface (HTSI) delivers TSI functions across the Local Authority area of Highland through a combination of direct delivery and commissioned services. In 2020 we finished an internal process of reducing the number of organisations delivering TSI functions across the Inner Moray Firth area.
The process, which started last year has resulted in a collaborative approach to redesign services across this area and this is now fully complete. This resulted in a successful merger with In This Together. This change is one which has also seen us take on the work of Ross-shire Voluntary Action. So, HTSI is now directly delivering across the area known as the Inner Moray Firth (see map).
As of the 1st September 2020, we are now directly delivering these functions across
Inverness and Inverness-Shire
Nairn and Nairnshire
Outside of these areas, our local delivery partners are very much still at the forefront of TSI delivery in their areas. These are: Caithness Voluntary Groups, Voluntary Groups Sutherland, Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations, Voluntary Action Badenoch and Strathspey and Voluntary Action Lochaber.
Making these changes during COVID-19 has been difficult but we are now happy to reveal our new Inner Moray Firth Team. We have some new staff, but many are familiar faces within HTSI. A few of us have now changed roles, so it's worth reading below to find out what these new roles entail. As our jobs have changed, so have our email addresses, so please ensure you update your records.
TSI Services Manager
Leah is responsible for the operational delivery of the TSI elements of activity within HTSI, as funded by the Scottish Government and agreed by the HTSI Board. Specifically, she leads on activity focused around the TSI outcome framework to enable HTSI to be a central source of knowledge of the third sector locally, providing leadership, vision and coordination to better respond to local priorities, including through partnership and collaboration.
She has responsibility for line management of the TSI delivery team which covers volunteering, capacity building of the sector and ensuring a strong third sector voice at a strategic and policy level, locally and nationally.
/ 01349 864 289
Governance Development Officer
Sandy works closely with both new and established third sector organisations, including social enterprises, needing support around governance or strategic planning. This includes assisting in providing guidance around these topics, ensuring third sector organisations are informed of the regulatory and legal information necessary, as well as, offering crisis management and intervention.
Sandy can provide one to one, or group support, to help your organisation, whether it is to enact a change in your organisation’s constitution, or a query about funding, please get in touch.
/ 01349864 289
Training and Skills Development Officer
Kate works to deliver training and support for skills, planning and development. She is responsible for writing, delivering and evaluating third sector training needs. Kate works on a one to one basis with third sector organisations to put in place skills development and monitoring processes, and to deliver training within organisations as required.
Kate is keen to develop a strong third sector through the delivery of relevant training, workshops and policy development. Does your organisation have a particular training need, or want to boost the skills of your board? Then Kate is all ears.
/ 01349 864289
New Projects Development Officer
Iain works with third sector organisations who are looking to develop new activity, enterprising activity and new assets.
He enjoys offering advice and guidance to groups around these developments, ensuring that they are informed of the regulatory and legal information necessary. He supports new groups looking to become established.
Iain also manages the Food Poverty Network and Highland Social Enterprise Network. Is your organisation thinking of developing a new enterprising element, or looking to consider an asset transfer? Then Iain is looking forward to hearing from you.
/ 07454 828 590
Social Media and Logistics
It’s likely that if you are interacting with HTSI you will come across Rachael, who oversees our social media and logistics. She is responsible for supporting the development of the work of HTSI in relation to our social media, networking and membership responsibilities.
This includes maintaining our social media platforms, composing and circulating membership bulletins and supporting our many events. If you would like to have your organisation’s news shared with others through social media or our bulletins, or have an inquiry about your membership, then Rachael is keen to hear from you.
/ 01349 864 289
Website and eLearning Development Officer
Spike has started a new role at HTSI as the eLearning and Website Development Officer, this means that he is responsible for making sure both online platforms are regularly updated with relevant information.
As well as managing the website and eLearning, he will work closely with Rachael in supporting HTSI’s online communications. If you are looking to promote a vacancy for your organisation on our website or access our free eLearning platform, Spike is the person to contact.
/ 01349 864 289
Volunteer Development Officer
Sue supports any individual looking to become a volunteer and promotes volunteering. She offers one to one support for those struggling to navigate or secure a role through more traditional pathways, possibly through lack of confidence, skills or suitability, and works with them to secure options to take this forward.
Sue is always looking for new ways to encourage individuals to volunteer and help promote the concept of volunteering. Sue advertises and supports the promotion of volunteering roles locally and through the national volunteering website, Volunteer Scotland. If you have volunteering opportunities you would like to be promoted, Sue is happy to hear from you.
/ 07436 144485
Volunteering Development Officer
Jane supports third sector organisations in the planning, development and promotion of their volunteering programmes and roles. This includes assisting them in making sure they have all the right policies and procedures in place to create effective and supportive volunteer environments.
Jane can provide one to one support to help your organisation, whether it is to set up and design volunteer procedures from the beginning or gain your volunteer Friendly Award. If you are have volunteers in your organisation, or would like to, and have any questions or queries, please get in touch.
/ 07834 753766