The Third Sector Forum is a platform for the South Lanarkshire third sector to network, share ideas and help shape public policy. Meetings are broken down geographically into South Lanarkshire’s four localities (Rutherglen & Cambuslang, East Kilbride & Strathaven, Hamilton, Larkhall & Blantyre and Clydesdale) giving third sector and community organisations a chance to discuss ways of working that address local need, encourage creative thinking and celebrate the sector’s contribution.

The Forum’s objectives are:

  • To support South Lanarkshire third sector organisations and communities to develop, by providing a platform for professional dialogue at locality and Community Planning Partnership level.
  • To highlight the breadth of provision and celebrate the positive contribution provided by the third sector across the South Lanarkshire area
  • To provide a platform and a mechanism both for sharing information and collecting the views of the sector
  • To extend opportunities for the sector’s members, supporters and users to contribute their experience and ideas to the development and implementation of public policy
  • To be a key third sector engagement platform for public sector bodies at a locality and strategic level

You can read about the objectives and rationale behind the forum in more detail here.

The governing values of the Forum are Respect, Integrity, Inclusiveness and Commitment, and these values are built on the foundation of Accountability and Partnership.

Clearly the success of the Forum is determined by widespread engagement from the sector, so we encourage any third sector organisation working in South Lanarkshire to get involved.

The next meetings will take place:


Hamilton, Blantyre & Larkhall
Tuesday 22nd November 2016, Radstone Hotel (
3 Ayr Rd, Larkhall, ML9 2TZ), 10.30am – 12.30pm
Thursday 24th November 2016, New Lanark Hotel (
1, New Lanark Mills, Lanark ML11 9DB), 10.30am – 12.30pm
East Kilbride & Strathaven
Tuesday 29th November 2016, The Village Centre (12 Maxwell Drive, East Kilbride
), 10.30am – 12.30pm
Rutherglen & Cambuslang
Thursday 1st December 2016,
Rutherglen Town Hall (139 Main St, Rutherglen G73 2JJ), 10.30am – 12.30pm



If you would like to attend, please contact VASLan's David Bett on 01698 300 390 or email