Dundee Voluntary Action is a Registered Charity No SC 000487 and a Company Limited by Guarantee No:  SC093088 and is one of three partners which form the Single Interface known as the Voluntary Gateway  in Dundee.

Dundee Voluntary Action began life as Dundee Association for Social Services in 1953. The change in name was made in 1988 to reflect our changing role as a member organisation promoting community welfare more directly through voluntary action.

During our 50th Anniversary year, a book was commissioned to cover our history. Dundee Voluntary Action: The First Fifty Years (1953-2003) written by Mary Henderson (one of the first fulltime workers in 1953) is available from DVA.


  • OPENNESS in our response, communication, processing of information and
  • RESPECT for the range and diversity of organisations and interests within
    the voluntary sector
  • EQUITY in the way we work to redress inequality and disadvantage
  • INTEGRITY in the way we conduct our business in an open and professional
    manner, including confidentiality, honesty, open agendas and informed
  • ACCOUNTABILITY in the way we record, conduct and audit our services and activities.

These values are upheld by monitoring, evaluation and appropriate training.