The community and voluntary sector (CVS) in North Lanarkshire is large - with over 1000 organisations and diverse with different types of organisation, as set out below. The CVS makes a significant contribution to individual, family, community, societal and environmental wellbeing through its role in providing vital services and support and as an advocate for improvements in communities, public services and the environment.
(The CVS is also known as the third sector. The term community and voluntary sector is used here as it is more descriptive and does not imply a hierarchy between the CVS, statutory and business sectors.)
In North Lanarkshire, as for the whole of Scotland and the UK, the CVS is made up of the following:
Local community groups, many run entirely by volunteers, often with little funding and not always registered as a charity.
Small, medium and larger charities, some of which are local branches of national charities, usually employing staff, assisted by volunteers and relying on regular and adequate funding, some of which may come from trading.
Other types of non-profit organisation such as social enterprises and housing associations which provide socially useful products and services.