Social groupings and communities

Useful links: children and youth, women, ethnic, travellers, refugee, families, sexuality, faith, elderly.


Also see national support bodies.



Also see Issue-based support bodies.

Families and Parents


Also see Human Rights/Immigration on Welfare page.


Including Gypsy, Roma. Rural links are on Housing/planning page.


Veterans, Armed Services



Also see Education/Play; Umbrella groups/networks.

Economy, Environment

Useful links: environment, sustainability, corporate responsibility.

A separate page covers International Aid and Development – training, codes of conduct, etc. as well as contacts.

Environment, including Sustainable Development

Sustainable Business, Corporate Responsibility, Trade

See also Resource Extra – Ethical Investment and Social Economy pages.

Housing, planning, transport

Useful links: housing action and management, planning, regeneration, transport. Rural and urban issues.

Homelessness, Housing action

Housing management, Tenants bodies


See Arts and Heritage for Historic Buildings.

Rural, Land Reform


Also see Social Economy, and Magazines.


  • HomeZones Creating residential streets where people take priority over cars.
  • Living Streets, previously known as Pedestrians Association.
  • Campaign for Better Transport – ‘sustainable transport’. Streets for People and Platform (rail services) campaign networks.

Welfare, rights, health

Useful links: advice, disabilities, health, rights, offenders, poverty, social care.

Advice, Advocacy and Legal services

Also see under specific issues, and general sector umbrella bodies/networks.

  • Advice Services Alliance, the body for networks of advice services, has created Advicenow, the “best information on the law and your rights”. In Northern Ireland, the similar body is adviceNI.
  • Action for Advocacy resource agency closed 2013.
  • Citizens Advice The national body for local citizens advice services. The online Advice Guide is now integrated into the main site.
  • Citizens Advice Scotland.
  • London Advice Services Alliance Also their RightsNet website provides social security information and news for advice workers. New summer 2014: advicelocal, borough-by-borough social welfare resource for London’s advice and information community.
  • Public Law Project aims to improve access to public law remedies for those whose access is restricted by poverty, discrimination etc.
  • Resource Information Service is now part of Homeless Link. ‘Provider of information to the homelessness and advice sectors’.
  • Scottish Legal Action Group ‘promotes equal access to justice’ and produces a monthly journal.



Also see Self-help/Support groups. and Issue based support.

Human Rights, Immigration

See also Refugees (Communities page).

Offenders, Community Safety

Poverty, Social Exclusion, Work

Employment Rights are largely covered within our Employment Briefing page. Includes TUC.

Social Care

See also Disabilities section above, and Children, Elderly on the Communities page.

Leisure, culture, education

Useful links: recreation, arts, heritage, learning, early years.


Also see Umbrella bodies/networks.

Arts and Heritage


including early years, playwork. Also see Children/Youth, and Umbrella/support bodies.

Aid and Development Resources

Useful links as per ‘Areas of Concern’ pages and more.

Codes of Conduct, Quality Standards

Sphere Standards was set up in 1997 to develop a set of universal minimum standards in core areas (water supply & sanitation, nutrition, food aid, shelter & site planning and health services) of humanitarian assistance. There is now a Handbook, designed to be used as a tool, as well as training material and case studies (from pilot agencies) online.

CHS Alliance (was People in Aid/Hap Interntional) has Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS). See website for info on training, resources, etc.

See NGO Evidence Principles on BOND website.


RedR Run a training programme for relief workers.

BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development) learning and training services.

The large organisations, such as VSO, Oxfam, run their own in-house courses which may also be available to partner agencies.

INTRAC (International NGO Training and Research Centre) run a variety of courses in Oxford and London, such as capacity building, supporting Southern advocacy, building organisational relationships.

Internet and Information Technologies

including Open Source (Foss/Floss).

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.”

Centre for Digital Development at Manchester University Various resources and useful links, research etc. Connected with the university’s Global Development Institute (which took over the Institute for Development Policy and Management).

Spider The Swedish Program for Information and Communication Technology in Developing Regions.

Other Resources

Aid Workers Network Practical advice for aid workers by aid workers.

Small International Development Charities Network on Facebook.

Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP).

Changing Ideas “helps photographers and charities turn humanitarian ideas into reality”.

Fahamu makes electronic information available to support progressive social change in the South – includes distance learning materials for human rights and humanitarian organisations. CD-ROMs and online versions of resources such as Writing for Change on effective writing skills.

Fritz Institute (American) is about strengthening the infrastructures of humanitarian relief organizations.

Humanitarian Futures Programme is an independent policy research programme based at King’s College London.

Humentum has some good links.

Scotland’s International Development Alliance.

networklearning is aimed at making resources available to NGOs working in development or humanitarian fields.

Institute of Development Studies (Sussex).

Project Management for Development Organizations is what you might expect from such a name.

Further Contacts

Originally on the Areas of Concern section – may be some overlap with above.