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Copyright, Use of Material

This Creative Commons Licence is the basis for our standard terms. It is largely the same as what we have been using for some time, set out below, except that for non-commercial use prior approval isn’t essential. We aren’t going to include the full copyright notice and rdf code on every page, as it is too big, but you may see the logo around the site.

Creative Commons Licence

If you want to use any VolResource written material, please:

  • Check that the copyright on the piece/page isn’t stated as being with someone else.
  • Please contact us before reproducing. Generally we are happy to approve non-commercial use in return for full and clear credit for VolResource as the source, plus a web link back to the appropriate or front page. Printed material should include ‘vr.volresource.org.uk’ as a minimum.
  • Let us know that you have done this – a copy of what you produce would be helpful (unless it is based on our specimen/sample documents).
  • If it is for a commercially produced or charged-for publication, ask for our permission beforehand. We reserve the right to request a small fee.

All use of photos or graphics should be cleared with us first.

You are welcome to link to articles on this website (as long as the source isn’t obscured).


Basic listings on VolResource, for service providers and everyone else, are for organisations that are of interest to, and are interested in, the voluntary sector, and are free. This protects our impartiality and editorial integrity – any paid-for advertisements are additional to the basic entry.

Adverts can be placed via the Google AdSense service, targeting this site. Or we can also include direct adverts, on specific pages or across the site. Please use the VoluntaryNews advertising inquiry form.

VolResource is run on a shoestring, with no grant funding.

Accessibility, Site Design

All VolResource websites are designed with accessibility in mind from the start. There can still be problems, particularly in the way different site elements interact, so do let us know of anything we could do better.

When reviewing other web sites, obvious accessibility problems may lead to a warning note here or simple exclusion from listing.

This site uses the open source WordPress system with a lightly tweaked Twenty Sixteen design theme (which should still meet the WCAG 2 AA accessibility standards of the base). There are diverse ‘plug-ins’ adding functionality.


The following shorthand was previously used to indicate some quality aspects of a linked site. This is out-of-date, however, and should be ignored – the mark-up will be removed as and when.

  • An uparrow‘ ^ against an external link indicates what we feel to be excessive page download times caused by graphics and/or scripts (or ^* if we think it is worth it).
  • Two asterisks** indicate frequent checking by us .

Deep Linking

This terms refers to the practice of linking to a website beyond its home page. We do this quite a lot, to make it easier for users to find relevant information and contacts. It is not our intention to infringe copyright or “pass off” material as our own. However if any website operator has a concern about our links, they should get in touch and we will do our best to resolve the issue.


Since the launch of this site in April 1999, various comments, suggestions and corrections have been made by a long list of users and others. VolResource is very grateful for the interest shown, although we can’t always respond immediately.

Particular thanks for comments and ideas (whether knowingly given or not) go to various present and past employees and consultants/trainers of Directory of Social Change, Open University Business School tutors and students.

Logo design by Red Back Graphics.

About Us

VolResource has been developed and managed by John Howes since 1999, working wherever possible with other sector internet initiatives. John has worked (paid and otherwise) in a wide range of voluntary and community organisations for over 25 years. Positions have included senior finance, admin and management functions, including at Directory of Social Change. An enduring interest in information and communication matters became a real interest in resources for the sector through the Voluntary Sector options route to the Open University Business School Professional Diploma in Management. Combined with good IT skills and experience in writing and designing community publications, the project was able to get off the ground.

The CV includes acting as a freelance troubleshooting bookkeeper (inner city community groups); running a Friends of the Earth local group while still at school; involvement in the Coin Street campaign (housing in central London); founder member of London Cycling Campaign; experience in community advice and media, housing and social economy projects.

John’s other sites includes the family history related Cutlock & Co, with walking, cycling and other local interest on MalvernTrail.

Getting in touch

Our preferred mode of communication is email or the site contact form.