Help and Support

There is a huge amount of free or low cost advice, resources, training and consultancy available to charities, social enterprises and not-for-profits. This page lists a few that we find useful and relevant.


  • Cranfield Trust * - matches charities up with pro bono business expertise from management consultants
  • HRNet - free Human Resources advice and information from Cranfield Trust for charities and social enterprises based in England and Wales
  • Reach Volunteering * - provides a free service for charities, recruiting skilled volunteers and trustees
  • The Association of Chairs * - supports Chairs of charities and non-profit organisations to lead their boards effectively
  • Pilotlight * -  free tailored strategic planning support for charities and social enterprises from senior business people
  • Skillsbridge * -  supports voluntary and community sector organisations with a coordinated programme of professional volunteering
  • Clore Social Leadership Programme * - develops future leaders in the social sector
  • North East Skills Sharing - encourages and promotes skills sharing between local businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Tees Valley.

Evaluation, impact and learning:

  • Charities Evaluation Service * - free tools and guidance on evaluation, learning and impact measurement
  • IVAR * (Institute for Voluntary Action Research) - works to understand, support and strengthen the voluntary sector using action research
  • Inspiring Impact - a set of free tools and resources designed to help non-profits navigate the world of impact measurement
  • New Philanthropy Capital - a think tank and consultant to the charity sector, with lots of free research and publications 
  • Pro Bono Economics * - matches volunteer economists with charities wishing to address questions around measurement, results and impact


  • Charity Finance Group* - membership organisationoffering training to the charity sector to develop leadership and financial management skills, understanding of topical financial issues, networking and knowledge sharing.

Social Investment

  • We also provide social investment, including a handy jargon buster
  • Big Society Capital - independent financial institution providing financial and business support services to the social sector
  • Ethex* - not-for-profit online platform for positive investment
  • Social Investment Scotland - charity and social enterprise providing loans to other charities, social enterprises and community groups across Scotland
  • ShareAction* - registered charity that promotes responsible investment and aims to improve corporate behaviour on environmental, social and governance issues. Provides resources and training.

Social enterprise:


Communication and Campaigning:

  • The Conversation* - an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community
  • Constructive Voices - an NCVO initiative offering to link charities up with journalists to tell positive stories 
  • Sheila McKechnie Foundation* - supports campaigners with training, awards and advice
  • Campaign Bootcamp* - supports campaigners with intensive training and networking
  • Media Trust* - provides training and consultancy in all aspects of media, and matches skilled volunteers with charities

Diversity and equality:

Environment & Food sustainability:

  • Julie's Bicycle - working with arts organisations to help them measure, manage and reduce their environmental impacts
  • Good Food at Work * - guidance from Sustain on how to ask your organisation to sign up to a healthy and sustainable food policy
  • Food Systems Academy * - an open education resource for sharing knowledge and increase the public’s understanding of our food system

How to...

Sector supporters:

  • NCVO - research, resources and training for voluntary sector organisations in England
  • NAVCA - national membership charity for local infrastructure
  • SCVO - support for voluntary sector organistions in Scotland
  • WCVA - support for voluntary sector organisations in Wales
  • NICVA - support for voluntary sector organisations in Northern Ireland
  • Small Charities Coalition* - support for UK charities with income below £1m
  • Arts Council England - funding, advice and tools for the arts sector in England
  • Creative Scotland - the public body that supports the arts in Scotland
  • Arts Council of Wales - Wales' funding and development organisation for the arts
  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland - the funding and development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland
  • Directory of Social Change - provides training courses, publications, online funding databases and research for the charity sector
  • Association of Independent Museums* - connects, supports and represents independent museums and galleries 
  • Museums Association* - the membership organisation for everyone working museums, galleries and heritage
  • Locality * - national network of community-led organisations. Its Lifeboat programme supports member organisations in financial or organisational difficulty.
  • Clinks *- supports, represents and campaigns for the voluntary sector working with offenders

*these organisations have been funded by a grant from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation