Third Sector Moving Forward in Renewed Partnership Agreement

The leading representative bodies for the third sector in Dundee have renewed their joint working partnership for the next three years. The Dundee Third Sector Interface (Dundee TSI) is a partnership working agreement between Dundee Social Enterprise Network (DSEN) and Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action (DVVA).

The Dundee TSI represents charities, community groups, development trusts, social enterprises and the volunteering sector across the city and will continue to represent and support these organisations at a time when their services are needed more than ever.

The Third Sector in Dundee represents hundreds of organisations, thousands of employees & volunteers and has a substantive economic and social impact to the local area.

DVVA Chief Executive, Christina Cooper said: “The third sector locally played a crucial role in the emergency response, often initiating actions at a community level. TSIs as local supporters of third sector organisations also played crucial roles in helping to support the sector to provide a local coordinated response along with statutory partners.

“Along with further periods of restriction and lock down, Covid-19 has led to longer term issues around loss of income and employment, social isolation, mental health issues. Inequalities have been exposed and deepened. The third sector have a part to play in responding to these needs.

Chris Cooper (DVVA) and Derek Marshall (DSEN) signing the document accompanied by representatives of organisations and Councillor Lynne Short.

“It is a pleasure to be signing the TSI agreement with DSEN to ensure we continue to meet the needs of the community of Dundee.”

DSEN Chairperson, Derek Marshall said: “We are delighted to enter into this agreement with DVVA ensuring we act as one voice for our members. The third sector led through the covid pandemic, ensuring people in our communities remained connected and receive the support they needed.

“We are in a period of covid recovery and now entering an uncertain future with the cost-of-living crisis starting to affect everyone. The third sector will again play an immense role in supporting people as we navigate the uncertainty ahead.”

Councillor Lynne Short said: “I am delighted to be present at today’s signing, it is a statement of partnership within our city that needs to be celebrated and honoured. Having been the cities spokesperson for Fairness during the pandemic I know how trusted our 3rd sector partners were in delivering many services to those most in need.

“As we move into even more uncertain times, to know that those bonds are being renewed is especially valued. I would like to thank everyone for their care, determination and the love shown to the people of this city and wish them every success going forward.”

The Dundee TSI Working agreement was signed at DVVA, 10 Constitution Road, Dundee, DD1 1LL on Monday 16th May. Signing the document was Derek Marshall of DSEN and Christina Cooper of DVVA, accompanied by representatives of both organisations and Councillor Lynne Short.


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