FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding support. If you cant find an answer to your question please get in touch with us or check our support page for more information. 

 

What is the third sector?

 

I am about to recruit my first employee, what do I need to think about?

What is a Third Sector Interface (TSI)?

What holidays are employees currently entitled to?

Do you charge for your services?

 

What are the benefits of issuing an employee with a 'fixed term' contract over a 'permanent' one?

Do you share our personal information with third parties?

Does the Board/Management Committee have the power to do whatever they wish?

What is the third sector?

 

What is a Third Sector Interface (TSI)?

 

A TSI is a Third Sector organisation that supports, promotes and develops local participation (voluntary) activity. TSI's also support other Third Sector organisations by providing them with a range of services and assist in communication between the local voluntary and community sector and the public sector. They will typically have a seat on the local authority Community Planning Partnership.

Do you charge for your services?

 

Membership is free and we do not charge for our regular services to our membership or the wider voluntary and community sector.  However, if your organisation requires more in-depth support (eg to prepare or examine annual accounts or to work with a committee on business planning or project development), please contact us as we may be able to assist for a small fee.

Do you share our personal information with third parties?

 

We do not pass personal contact information to any third party without prior consent, particularly as many of our members operate from home addresses or are working with vulnerable clients.  We do share information about the services of our membership via our web directories and will only include home telephone numbers or personal e-mail addresses, where we have prior permission to do so.

I am about to recruit my first employee, what do I need to think about?

 

There are a number of questions you will need to answer before you recruit your first employee,

  • Does the organisation have adequate employers’ liability insurance?

  • Does the organisation's governing document allow you to employ staff?

  • Have you developed a suitable job description and person specification for the post?

  • Have you developed a fair recruitment process for the post, including an application stage, interview stage, and second interviews if necessary?

  • Have you developed a legal contract of employment for the employee which meets the needs of your organisation?

  • Do you have up-to-date personnel policies which you are likely to need e.g. Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policies; Health & Safety Policies; Conduct & Capability Policies; and a Redundancy Policy; amongst others?

  • Are there adequate arrangements in place for regular management, supervision and appraisal of the employee? 

This is not an exhaustive list, please contact us for further support in this area.

What holidays are employees currently entitled to?

 

Current holiday entitlement is 28 days (5.6 weeks) including statutory holidays, or pro rata for part-time employees.

What are the benefits of issuing an employee with a 'fixed term' contract over a 'permanent' one?

 

Practically none: with the introduction of the 'The Fixed Term Employees' (Protection of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002, employees on 'fixed term' contracts became entitled to redundancy pay and all other benefits to which 'permanent' contract workers were entitled to. Note that an employee who has been on renewed 'fixed term' contracts for 4 years or more becomes a 'permanent' employee anyway, unless the employer can provide objective justification otherwise.

Does the Board/Management Committee have the power to do whatever they wish?

 

No. The Board/Management Committee has certain powers that are clearly laid out in the organisation's governing document (e.g. constitution). The Board/Management Committee can only act within these powers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The third sector is the name given to a wide range of organisations, that are are often independent of the government. It includes voluntary and community organisations, charities, social enterprises, cooperatives and mutuals, both large and small. They are value driven and passionate. Any surpluses (extra resources) from these organisations are reinvested to further social, environmental or cultural objectives.  

 

Scottish Charity Number: SC028103

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Barrhead, G78 1LR


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