External Resources & Support

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Ability Net
AbilityNet is a national charity helping disabled people use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology. The charity's website contains lots of information on training courses and adapted products.

The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations is the professional representational body for third sector chief executives. Its website offers the opportunity to sign up for Acevo membership, which gives access to various services, including financial and legal advice.

Ask Charity
Ask Charity, operated by CharityComms, is a free online contacts book for media professionals who want to get into contact with charities. The website allows journalists to search a database for contacts. It also contains a form which charities wanting to be listed can fill in and submit.

Bassac is a national umbrella association which represents and supports a network of organisations helping deprived neighbourhoods. Its website contains news, job listings and information about Bassac and its members. Bassac also provides events that are relevant to the community voluntary sector, such as leadership, collaboration, advocacy, policy, community empowerment and the environment.

The Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations is a registered charity dedicated to building the capacity and advocating on behalf of minority ethnic voluntary organisations. The organisation's website contains details of its programmes, as well as career and volunteering opportunities.

Charity Skills
Charity Skills aims to support trustees, chief executives and senior managers in running their organisations through skill-building and providing high quality, low-cost web solutions to charities. The website reflects these activities, which are enhanced for members.

Community Foundation Network
The Community Foundation Network represents the UK community foundation movement in the UK. Community foundations manage funds donated by individuals and organisations wanting to make a genuine difference in their communities. The CFN's website contains much more information for and about such foundations.

Charities Evaluation Services

Charities Evaluation Services provide a range of training, consultancy, external evaluations and free information to help organisations strengthen the quality of thier work and achieve better outcomes.

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Community Matters
Community Matters, formerly the National Federation of Community Associations, is a national membership organisation for community associations. The organisation's website contains details of policy, projects, resources and services, as well as membership details.

Directory of Social Change
The DSC aims to be an internationally recognised independent source of information and support to voluntary and community sectors worldwide. The website reflects the organisation's many activities, including running conferences and training courses, and researching and publishing reference guides and online information.

The National Association for Voluntary and Community Action is the national voice of local voluntary and community sector infrastructure in England. It provides members with information, advice, networking and learning opportunities, support and development services. All of these are reflected on the organisation's extensive website.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations is the umbrella body representing voluntary organisations in England. As well as representing the views of the voluntary sector to government, it also produces research on the voluntary sector and offers advice and support to people working in or with the sector. Its website reflects all of these activities.

VolResource aims to provide practical resources for people involved in charities, voluntary or community organisations. Its website carries briefings, contact information, specialist sources, suppliers and news. It also contains a wide range of links to other relevant websites.

Women's Resource Centre
The Women's Resource Centre is a charity which lobbies on behalf of women's voluntary organisations and provides them with training, information, resources and one-to-one support.


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