Support Bodies

Article modified: December 2019, Author:


The number of groups that seek to support particular functions or issues within voluntary organisations has been growing slowly. Co-operation has also generally improved. While many of those listed here operate on a membership or subscription basis, some useful info may be available to non-members.

Also see: function-based support, issue-based supportlocal and regional. And Community Groups Resources for multi-function/ social action centre networks etc.

General National Bodies

  • National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) For organisations in England with a national or local remit. Runs conferences and seminars, sources discounts from various suppliers. Free membership for organisations with income below £30,000 a year. Regent’s Wharf, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL, phone 020 7713 6161.
  • Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) Useful weekly email newsletter. 61 Duncairn Gdns, Belfast, BT15 2GB, phone 028 9087 7777.
  • Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) produces weekly newspaper Third Force News, and has free helpline number 0800 169 0022. Members can get discounts on SCVO training and publications, various software, and also access to Pension Scheme and Credit Union. Free membership for organisations with income below £25,000 a year. Phone 0131 474 8000.
  • Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) Membership from £30, plus free limited ‘e-membership’ for smaller voluntary and community groups. Baltic House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 5FH, phone 0800 2888 329 (or 029 2043 1700). Offices also in Rhyl, Aberystwyth.
  • Association of Jersey Charities.

For smaller organisations

Gender, ethnicity etc.



Managerial support

Misc support

  • Professional Associations Research Network Membership body for professional associations, increasingly international in scope.
  • Charity Staff Foundation “Help, advice and practical support for people in the voluntary sector”. Seems to have disappeared December 2016 – last sighting March 2016, Facebook.
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3 thoughts on “Support Bodies”

  1. Thanks Diane. PACE has been listed on the Functional Support page for quite some time. It will stay there for the moment, but has been updated.

  2. Please could you include the following under managerial support: “PACE network – free network for charity chief executive assistants offering support for this specialised role, with exchange of information, sharing of good practice, newsletters and networking sessions. For more information contact PACE co-ordinator Diane Bramson – diane@major7th.com, telephone 07932 604731.”

    Also, your listing for the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) is incorrect, as they have moved.

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