Resources for the Voluntary Sector

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VolResource aims to make it quick and easy to find useful information on anything to do with running a voluntary organisation (whether a community group, charity or other non-profit body).

We're always on the look-out for relevant web links to add, redundant old ones to remove, additional practical resources, changes in advice sources, new sector projects, etc. This version of VolResource is based on material copied over from the old site and we would appreciate your help in reviewing the content. You can use the on-page comments to make a contribution, or add an Update piece for longer material. See About page for more.

Our regular email newsletter carries the latest resources and practical news of interest to those involved in third sector organisations.

To find what you want

... in the wide range of material specifically compiled for voluntary organisations, there are two main options -  the navigation menu above, and a full Articles index (Table of Contents). Some may prefer the 'Articles by Topic' grouping or a Simple Site Map. Note: as sample documents aren't on the nav bar, find them via the index or other routes.

Alternatively, the site search box is top right *, and a little below that are any suggestions for connected (tagged) articles ++. Further help is on the About page.

For a bit of an introduction to the purpose and approach of this site, see Background to the sector and effective organisations. If lost for where to start, how about key sector information sites page?

* On small screens, the right-hand column will instead be towards the bottom of the page. ++ Tags are a basic replacement for the 'Follow the Trail' suggestions on the old version of VolResource.

Latest Updates

October and November additions

Some of the many revisions and additions to the website in the last couple of months, not including updates to links (where there was a distinct move to more "https" - secure - links).


The Fundraising Resources page has been restructured, with web platforms/crowdfunding/giving portals now integrated into the Online Income Services page.

Several pages have had general link reviews. As ever, further additions and amendments are welcome.

Added to Events Services page, online services section - has added ticketing and other event services to its fundraising platform. UK Fundraising news item gives an idea of what's available.

A new Social Media section to the 'Getting your message across' page . Only a starter, so any suggestions for practical advice and ideas for inclusion - downloadable guides rather than short articles?


New in September

On Consultancy Services page, part of a new Pro Bono consultancy section: Pro Bono Economics "matches volunteer economists with charities wishing to address questions around measurement, results and impact",

Under Health and Safety: 'Charity and Voluntary Organisations - a health and safety guide' from Health and Safety Works NI.

Just added to Policies and Procedures checklist, NCVYS has a 'Policies for voluntary youth organisations factsheet' available from its information sheets page, .

On Functional Support, Institutes and Associations Network of the Professional Publishers Association has been set up for those who publish a magazine on behalf of an institute, association or membership body,

Plus plenty of general link updates - hopefully not many 'internal links' going to the old site now. More Charity Commission links to update, though, after the recent move to GOV.UK.

Tweet your useful updates

Yet another way to contribute information to VolResource is our Twitter account. Send us a tweet, and depending on the content, we can take it as a news item for, an update for a VolResource article. Or we could simply retweet it to @volresource followers (over a thousand, and growing).

The Twitter feed also now appears in the site footer, with a simple 'tweet to @volresource' box (you'll need a Twitter account to use this, of course).