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Useful Websites

Useful websites for the voluntary sector.

Title Description
ACEVO - Guides, tools, templates Tailored tools that help you to streamline your workload and make time-consuming tasks easier to manage. Visit website
Bayes Business School - Tools for Success The Tools for success series of guides cover seven fundamental areas of organisational capacity that are key to your charity's success and long-term sustainability. The related self-assessment toolkit helps you identify the areas you need to prioritise for action. Visit website
Charities Aid Foundation Useful resources site for charities with an emphasis on Finance Visit website
Charity Commission Everything you need to know about running a charity, extensive set of guidance and resources. Visit website
Community Matters Offer guidance, support, and advice to not for profit organisations across the UK, including community groups, voluntary organisations, childcare providers, charities, and social enterprises. Visit website
Cranfield Trust Cranfield Trust is the leading provider of pro bono consultancy and management support for charities in the UK. Our network of highly skilled volunteer consultants and advisers helps charities succeed and thrive by offering mentoring, management consultancy, peer support, advice, training and information. Visit website
DSC Directory of Social Change They provide training courses, publications, online funding databases, research, conferences, a bookshop and lots of free resources on their website such as top tips and best-practice articles. If you work for a charity this is an excellent site. Visit website
Local Government Association Councillor Workbooks A suite of learning materials for councillors includes a set of workbooks covering a wide range of topics of interest to local government councillors. Visit website
NCVO National Council for Voluntary Organisations NCVO champions the voluntary sector and volunteering. They do this by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations. A very broad range of Services, Resources and Information. Visit website
Resource Centre A useful site for charities and community groups offering information and resources. Visit website
The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) The FSI is a registered charity that supports the UK's vibrant small charity sector through the delivery of free advice and heavily subsidised training in strategy, governance, fundraising and impact. Membership is free for small charities. Visit website
The School for Social Entrepreneurs Hampshire Hosted by Action Hampshire The School for Social Entrepreneurs Hampshire brings together people who want to make a difference through social enterprise. They support new and aspiring social entrepreneurs, teaching the practical skills needed to run successful businesses and connecting them through networks, events and information sharing. Visit website
UnLtd UnLtd finds, funds and supports social entrepreneurs - enterprising people with solutions that change our society for the better. Visit website

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