National Organisations:

Skills Third Sector - works to enable people in third sector organisations to have the skills to make an ever growing contribution to their communities.

Third Sector National Learning Alliance (TSNLA) - A national alliance of voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises involved in learning and skills. It aims to provide a coherent national ‘voice’ from and for Third Sector providers across government departments and other important bodies, and a forum for developing Third Sector ideas and proposals.

Skills Funding Agency - has been established as an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Education Funding Agency - replaces the Young People's Learning Agency

BIS - Department for Business, Innovation and Skills - Real Help Now for employers and learners in the third sector to help you improve the skills of your workforce of your own skills.

Learndirect - The great thing about learning with learndirect is that the courses are so flexible. You can do many of our courses at your local centre or from home or work if you have access to the Internet. Courses are broken down into bite-sized chunks, so you can learn at your own pace whenever and wherever it suits you.

Life Pilot - Helping you take a different journey to skills and career success....

Life Coach Directory - find registered, professional Life Coaches or NLP Practitioners near you.

AVM - Association of Volunteer Managers - Set up with the aim to address the needs of those who manage volunteers in England regardless of field, discipline or sector.

NAVCA - National Association for Voluntary and Community Action - The national voice of local third sector infrastructure in England.

NCVO - National Council for Voluntary Organisations - Providing a voice and support to civil society.

CSV - Community Service Volunteers - UK Volunteering and Training Organisation

Volunteering England - Promoting volunteering nationwide
Volunteer Management Portal

Do it! - National database of volunteering opportunities

Know How NonProfit - the place for nonprofit people to learn and share what they have learnt with others.

Relevant Links (in SW England):

Organisations and resources connected to learning in the Community & Voluntary sector

ViSTA - A valued resource for the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) in Somerset providing workforce development programmes, infrastructure services and hosting partnerships delivering education and training.

South West Foundation - An independent organisation which invests in communities throughout the region by:
Managing and distributing grants on behalf of other funders alongside its own funding
Undertaking research into issue that affects the community sector
Supporting a wide range of networks and providing networking opportunities
Encouraging the development of appropriate training for the sector.

South West Forum - The regional voice for voluntary and community organisations.

Charities Information Bureau - Charities Information Bureau South & West - provides community groups, organisations and individuals in the South West of England, with information, advice, support and training on charitable funding and charity registration and regulation.

Council for Voluntary Services (CVSs), Rural Commmunity Councils (RCCs), Volunteer Centres, networks and fora in SW England:

Bridge House Community Trust (formerly Voluntary Action West Wiltshire) - An umbrella organisation which supports the local voluntary and community sector in West Wiltshire.

Black South West Network - BSWN aims to provide access to information on policy and funding programmes, supported by an online capacity building and advice service

CSV Avon Training - actively promotes social inclusion and urban regeneration by increasing access to learning and employment. We have an ‘open door’ policy, believing that everyone deserves the opportunity to realise his or her potential.

CELD - The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Development (CELD) is the new training section of Community Action Hampshire. CELD offers accredited training courses which range from a single day to five days in duration. The courses are in many cases nationally or internationally recognised which we aim to make available at the best possible prices.

Develop - Enhancing Community Support - (Formerly CVS North Wiltshire and B&NES CVS). A registered charity supporting voluntary action in Wiltshire and Bath

Dorset Volunteer Centre - The Volunteer Centre is part of a national network of centres that help voluntary and community organisations recruit and manage their volunteers, and helps people interested in volunteering to find interesting and enjoyable opportunities.

Exeter CVS - An independent local development agency that has been at the heart of the voluntary and community sector in the city since 1947.

Equality South West - Equality South West are the specialist (regional) lead on equality and diversity. We were asked by Capacity Builders - Consortia Development Fund, in partnership with other local and specialist consortia, to develop a regional Equality and Diversity Strategy for the Third Sector.

Gloucester Association for Voluntary and Community Action (GAVCA) - GAVCA is a local development agency supporting voluntary and community groups in Gloucester and Cheltenham. It also has a countywide role.

Gloucestershire Rural Community Council - GRCC enables sustainable community development and empowers community groups not only through its project work but also through its team of district based rural advisers who offer general advice and support to rural communities on community and parish planning, funding, capacity building, project development and management.

South Hams CVS - Exists to help local voluntary organisations, community groups and charities to flourish. We offer advice and information on a wealth of topics, including funding, volunteers, the law and management. We help local groups to work together and we support them as they grow. We also encourage and enable a voice for the local voluntary sector.

Taunton Voluntary Action - A voluntary and community local infrastructure organisation providing the full range of developmental, capacity building and support functions to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of voluntary and community organisations working within the Taunton Deane area.

Teignbridge CVS - Teignbridge CVS was established in 1991 and provides information, support and advice to voluntary and community groups working in Teignbridge.

Torbay Community Online - A central Communication Network for Voluntary and Community groups and other interested parties in Torbay. Torcom is funded by the Government's ChangeUp programme, managed locally by Torbay's ChangeUp Consortium which consists of representatives from Voluntary and Community infrastructure organisations. Overall lead is Torbay Voluntary Service.

Voluntary Action North Somerset - We provide information and support to voluntary groups and organisations and to individual volunteers across North Somerset.

Voluntary Action Swindon - Voluntary Action Swindon is the Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) in Swindon. Since its formation in 1932 as a membership organisation, the organisation has been at the forefront of facilitating social, community action and support.

Volunteering Bristol - Promotes, supports and develops opportunities for people to become involved in voluntary work.

Volunteer Centre Stroud & District - provide a wide variety of support including recruitment and placement of volunteers, community transport and supporting the voluntary sector.

VOSCUR - Voscur is a Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) that works to support and develop a thriving, effective and influential voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Bristol.

Wessex Community Action (formerly Salisbury CVS) - Wessex Community Action (formerly Salisbury & District CVS), founded in 1973 , is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity working in Wiltshire, Swindon, Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire & Dorset.

Public Sector Organisations in SE England:

RAISE - Regional Action and Involvement South East - Regional Action and Involvement South East (RAISE) is the representative body for Voluntary and Community organisations in South East England

CDSE - Community Development South East - Network for all those who adopt a Community Development approach in their work