Recently added to VolResource

We’ve been working on VolResource’s newsletter and news site VoluntaryNews for the last little while, so only a low level of additions here over the last few weeks. Plenty of web link updates though.

Research Resources

Centre for Effective Services Irish organisation which focuses on “implementation science”. Useful links page (at Jan. 2015) of organisations around the world promoting evidence-informed approach to policy and practice.

Fundraising Resources page further updates include:

Funding Eye consultancy offers a number of free resources “that are designed to help you navigate the world of fundraising”.

Aid and Development Resources

Development Impact and You – DIY Toolkit has practical tools to trigger & support social innovation. “A toolkit on how to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results. It’s quick to use, simple to apply, and designed to help busy people working in development.”

Community Groups Resources

Collective Action Toolkit is “a set of activities and methods to enable groups of people anywhere to organize, collaborate, and create solutions for problems impacting their community”.

Communities Channel Scotland (new summer 2014) “aims to provide support to local groups and organisations so that they can contribute to a socially and economically sustainable Scotland”. From Scottish Community Development Centre.

Neighbourhood Cinema from British Film Institute supports new and established community cinemas all over the UK.

Areas of Concern – Rural/Land Reform

Scottish Land Action Movement (Facebook link), new 2014 – a collective of activists striving for  comprehensive and radical land reform in Scotland by 2016.

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).

October

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 – believe.in 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?

November

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”, http://www.probonoeconomics.com.

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, http://www.ppa.co.uk/ian/.

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 Voluntarynews.org.uk, 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).

News, events, social media

VolResource has a number of connected projects, all providing useful stuff for anyone involved in a voluntary organisation:

  • Practical news, events for a charity audience, and a sector jobs board, make up the VoluntaryNews site.
  • Get the news direct to your inbox every week (apart from seasonal breaks) by signing up to the email newsletter.
  • Rounding up relevant and timely tweets several times a week on CharityBlog.

Your contributions welcome

The quickest way to add your ideas, provide updates, and so on is via the comments system. There’s (at least) one on this.

Updates

To make a more substantial addition to VolResource material, in the Updates section, there is also a pretty straightforward content form on the How to contribute page.

Authors

Anyone can also ask to be added as an author to an existing page – this requires signing up a site user and letting us know which page(s) interest you. Of course we’ll have to check that potential authors aren’t likely to be spammers in disguise.

Editorial discretion is retained by VolResource, but with a (hopefully) light touch on both comments and Updates.