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FOI workshop

From time to time the Commissioner organises free FOI training events for voluntary organisations and campaigners.

We don't have any planned at the moment, but do check back later.  Or, if you'd like to arrange an event for organisations in your area, we may be able to help.  Contact us at

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Puzzle IconFreedom of Information (FOI) is a valuable resource for the voluntary sector.

FOI provides a right to see the information held by Scotland's public authorities.  Information that can help you see the bigger picture - informing campaigns, supporting clients and helping to achieve organisational goals. 
FOI has been used to access information on a huge range of issues, from the cleanliness of hospitals, to the availability of services for disabled people, to the rationale behind the funding decisions made by central or local government.

We hope you'll be inspired by the stories accessible from this page, which provide real-life examples where voluntary organisations and campaigners across Scotland have made the most of their right to know.

The links on this page also provide more information on how you can make freedom of information work for you.
The most important thing to remember is that using FOI is simple - all you have to do is ask.

Find out more...

Person Icon User experiences - Learn about real-life examples where voluntary sector staff and campaigners have used FOI to help achieve their goals.
Tick Icon Hints and tips - Read our hints and tips on how voluntary sector organisations can get the most out of FOI.
Question Mark Icon Common questions - Find answers to the questions we are commonly asked by voluntary sector staff.
Padlock Icon Your rights - Explore our practical guidance on how to make an FOI request - and what to do if you don't get what you're looking for.
Download Icon Your Right To Know - Download a copy of "Your Right to Know" - our practical guide to FOI in Scotland.  (PDF 4.4MB) A text-only Word version is also available (138kB).
Chart Icon Research - Find out more about a research study which explored the use of FOI by the voluntary sector in Scotland.

More questions?

Telephone IconIf we haven't answered your question here, or if you would like to discuss any aspect of FOI or share your story with us, contact us - we'd love to hear from you.