About The Gathering

The Gathering is a free annual event organised by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO).

It’s a place for people from the third sector to network, showcase their work and learn from each other. You will be reminded that you face the same issues as others, and you will find solutions that are right for you.

Whether its funding, employability or health and well-being, there are opportunities to listen, learn and be heard. There’s a busy exhibition and marketplace and a packed events programme with more than 60 workshops, seminars and training sessions.

New for 2018

Who is it for?

Everyone – staff, volunteers, board members and trustees from charities, social enterprises and community groups, politicians, academics and journalists, students and  members of the public looking to find out more about the third sector in Scotland.

In 2017, over 3,000 people attended over two days.

Exhibition and Marketplace opening times

Wednesday 21 February 9.30am-5.00pm

Thursday 22 February 9.30am-4.00pm

Location & venue

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) is Scotland’s premier national venue for public events, concerts and conferences. It’s superbly situated in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest and most exciting city. The Centre provides a wide range of conference and exhibition facilities along with a 4 star hotel – all under one roof.

Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow, Scotland, G3 8YW

Visit the SEC website for travel, parking and further information.


VisitScotland offers visitors and exhibitors to The Gathering a free online accommodation booking service.

Please note that all bookings should be made by clicking on the link above, contact details available on the VisitScotland website.

If you have any queries regarding Glasgow city and local travel information please visit People Make Glasgow.

Contact Us

Sponsorship, partnership opportunities and conferences

Alex Thomson – Events and Training Manager
Tel: 0131 474 6150

Event hosts

Helen Swatton – Events and Training Co-ordinator
Tel: 0141 559 5019

Exhibition stands

Joanne Kilday – Events Assistant
Tel: 0131 474 6153


Sian Lower – Communications Officer
Tel: 0131 474 8029

For any other general enquiries please contact us at thegathering@scvo.org.uk.

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The Gathering is sponsored by

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