Islay Initiative


The Third Sector Partnership was created in 2009 to support, strengthen and inform voluntary and social enterprise organizations in Argyll and Bute during times of economic and social change. 


In addition the partnership, comprising of Islay and Jura CVS, Bute Community Links, Argyll Voluntary Action and ABSEN (Argyll and Bute Social Enterprise Network) ensures representation for the sector within the community planning process and with statutory partners.


The Partnership is now recognised by the Community Planning Partnership as the single interface for the third sector across Argyll and Bute. The partnership works to secure funding to deliver a calendar of training activities throughout the year.  These can be found in the training section of this website.










What is an Third Sector Interface?


In March 2008 the Scottish Government stated that they were“determined to build stronger partnerships to ensure the best possible connections between the Third Sector and local authorities in order that the Single Outcome Agreements are delivered in the most effective way” and here the voluntary sector could be represented by a single group or body also known as an interface.



Links to Third Sector Partners Websites


Argyll Voluntary Action



Bute Community Links



Argyll and Bute Social Enterprise Network (ABSEN)

The Third Sector Partnership.