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Tel: 01236 748011
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Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire

Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire (VANL) is the development agency for third sector organisations in North Lanarkshire.

From April 2010, VANL replaces the two third sector support bodies in the area (CVS North Lanarkshire and Volunteer Centre North Lanarkshire) to form a single interface for voluntary and community organisations, their staff and volunteers.

The evolution of VANL marks a landmark in the development of the infrastructure for volunteering and voluntary sector development in the area. For the first time, a single organisation will be the point of contact for information, advice and support on voluntary action, and will represent the sector in strategic dialogue with community planning partners.

Operating from offices in Airdrie and Wishaw, VANL is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status (Scottish Charity no. SC041224; Company no. 369302), and is a membership organisation open to third sector organisations across the local authority area. To find about more about the benefits of joining us, visit the membership section.

This website will provides regularly updated information on the activities of VANL and the third sector in North Lanarkshire. Find out more about the services we offer, the projects we currently run, and the online resources you can access.


Latest News

North Lanarkshire Council
Draft Savings Options – Consultation

As you are no doubt aware, North Lanarkshire Council has published a set of draft savings options for the period 2016/17 to 2017/18 which are intended to bring savings of around £75 million over the next two financial years.
Information about headline options has been made available through the sharing of a Council Committee paper which is available to download from the link below.

To allow as many organisations as possible to understand the background and focus of the savings plan VANL has agreed to host two consultation events where an Executive Director of North Lanarkshire Council will present and take questions as well as offer guidance on how individuals and organisations can participate in the wider consultation process. These events will allow Board members, Trustees and staff from local voluntary sector organisations to engage in the consultation process and are being held on the following dates:

Tuesday 24 November - 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Cumbernauld Town Hall, Cumbernauld

Thursday 26 November – 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre, Bellshill

Please contact Dianne Lawrie on 01236 748011 or Dianne.lawrie@vanl.co.uk to book at place at either of these events.

Download - North Lanarkshire Council - Savings proposals


August – December Training Programme

Download a copy of our new training calendar. In August, we are running Foundations in Fundraising and Effective Minute Taking.

Contact us on 01236 748 011 to book a free place for these courses.



Following comprehensive self-assessment activity undertaken by Community Planning Partners and the third sector in North Lanarkshire during 2014 to review how the third sector can improve its engagement and linkage to Community Planning in the local area, Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire is pleased to present a Draft Framework for Third Sector Connectivity to Community Planning inNorth Lanarkshire



Download a copy of the new Voluntary Sector Strategy for 2013 -2018

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Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire (VANL)

is the new third sector interface for the area, carrying out the functions of a CVS (Council for Voluntary Service) and Volunteer Centre.

VANL is recognised as an Investor in People. and has been awarded the EFQM Committed to Excellence Award.

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Click here to go to the one-stop-shop for information and resources for your voluntary organisation.

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