What is the TSI Scotland Network?

The TSI Scotland Network is a body of charities that support the third sector across Scotland. There are 32 TSIs – or Third Sector Interfaces in Scotland, one for each local authority area. Some are partnerships working across large urban and geographical areas, some combine all the functions of the TSIs’ work under one roof.

The TSI Scotland Network is supported to carry out its main functions by the Third Sector Unit of Scottish Government.

Read our newly launched TSI Scotland Network Manifesto here.

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What are the main functions of the TSI Scotland Network?

The third sector includes charities, community groups, development trusts, social enterprises and the volunteering sector. In September 2018, the new TSI Outcomes Framework was launched after a period of collaboration and discussion between the Network leaders and Scottish Government. It was recognised that the role of the TSIs needed to change and the focus of TSIs was to take a more strategic role in third sector involvement in community planning and health and social care integration and in responding to local needs and outcomes.

The key functions of the TSIs is now to help the third sector in each area in the following ways:

  • Building Capacity
  • Source of Knowledge
  • Connecting partners
  • Voice of the Sector

It was agreed that is it is not realistic to expect TSIs to contribute to every relevant government strategy so they link their work to the following:

  • National Performance Framework sections:
    • We respect and fulfil human rights and live free from discrimination
    • We tackle poverty by sharing opportunities, wealth and power more equally
    • We live in communities that are inclusive, empowered , resilient and safe
    • We are healthy and active We are well educated, skilled and able to contribute to society
  • Social Enterprise Strategy
  • Volunteering for All

For more information on the role of the TSIs, please go to the TSI Outcomes Framework here.


Information & News from the Network

The TSI Scotland Network leaders work closely together to share best practice, gather information and shape collective responses. This section and through the twitter feed @TSIScotNet  information is provided on important and influential work carried out by the TSI Scotland Network with partners that has been carried out to inform national leaders and Scottish Government.