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Advice and support

Got a question? Get one-to-one advice about running your community group or voluntary organisation. We can help with:

  • choosing the right legal structure
  • applying for funding
  • managing your group’s finances
  • writing policies
  • insurance and managing risk
  • showing your impact

We are happy to help, so get in touch with us by email or by phone 01273 234023

Learning and training

We run training courses and workshops on a range of popular topics. Many of these are free and some are charged for. See our booking Terms and Conditions for details.

See our latest training

Recruiting and working with volunteers

We can help you to find volunteers. We also run a volunteer coordinators forum where people involved in coordinating volunteers can connect, develop skills and share experiences.



We’re a membership organisation for voluntary and community organisations. Our members benefit from exclusive access to some of our services, including training courses, conferences, newsletters and email groups.

Got a question about membership? Email

Find out more about membership

Member-only benefits


Expert sessions : we connect you to free professional one-to-one advice about specific issues such as legal, HR, accountancy, digital support and fundraising.


Email groups: we run a number of email groups to enable you keep in touch with other local groups, publicise your activities and share ideas.


Members newsletter: sign up to our monthly newsletter and get the latest news about our events, what’s going on across the sector and fundraising ideas.


Networks and conferences: our real life and online meetings are a great way to connect, learn, and work together with other local organisations to influence local policies and plans.


Voice and representation: representing the voluntary and community sector at a local level is a key part of our work. We ensure that our members’ voices and expertise are heard at a range of partnerships, boards and informal meetings with key people across the local area.