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Accounts and Book Keeping

Bolton State of the Sector Survey 2013

Community How To - Digital tools that could help you

DBS Checks - Contact BAND on 01204 380643, BCOM on 01204 363680 or the Safer Employment team at Bolton Council on 01204 338515

GMCVO Databases - helping your organisation to run smoothly

GMVSS Market Place - a buying group with access to suppliers and information for various goods and services.**

Good Governance - A code of good practice for trustees, published by a range of national charities.

Help During Recession -  ACEVO’s dedicated recession support website offers you practical advice on surviving and leading your group through the recession.

lasa ICT Security Guide - This guide aims to provide practical guidance for voluntary staff who have responsibility for managing and securing ICT systems.


Jargonbuster - A new website providing clear and simple definitions of some of the key terms used in the voluntary sector.

KIDS eLearning Programme - A free online training programme for any group working with children and young people, devised to help meet the challenge of Children's Workforce Development.

Legal Advice and Legal Training

Links to National Organisations Supporting the COmmunity and Voluntary Sector

Links to Local Infrastructure Organisations (LIOs) in Greater Manchester

Links to Key Partner Agencies in Bolton

Local Strategies and Policy Documents This website, which provides information for migrant communities, particularly in relation to UK life, health services, housing, employment, etc. It is also available in a number of languages.

NAVCA Essentials - Suppliers that may help your organisation to save money on your essential services (Insurance, Telecoms, Energy and HR Support). These suppliers have all been selected by NAVCA because of their charity-centric approach and commitment to quality.

NJC Payscales - Many voluntary and community organisations use the National Joint Council for Local Government Services (NJC) pay scales. The current pay scales are available by clicking 2009/2010 NJC Payscales and also on the NAVCA website.  Please note: No new payscales have been produced for 2010/2011 or 2011/12 and therefore the 2009/10 scales will apply.

Sandy Adirondack - This site includes a legal update service which will help your organisation keep up with changes in the law. There are direct links to government guidance, regulations and the legislation itself. You can also access earlier updates at the Voluntary Sector Legal Handbook page.

Writing a Constitution

** These services are only available to groups/organisations who are Bolton CVS members.  Membership is free!  To learn more about becoming a Bolton CVS Member visit the Become a Member page.

National Support Organisations

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
ACAS aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. ACAS helps with employment relations by supplying up-to-date information, independent advice and high quality training, and working with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance.

Association for Research in the Voluntary &Community Sector
ARVAC was established in 1978. It acts as a resource for people interested in research in or on community organisations.

Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO)
We are the leading voice for chief executives in the third sector. With over 2,000 members nationwide, we support, develop, connect and represent third sector leaders.

Big Lottery
Every year BIG gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to community groups and to projects that improve health, education and the environment.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
CAF is a registered charity that works to create greater value for charities and social enterprise. CAF do this by transforming the way donations are made and the way charitable funds are managed.

Community Development Foundation
The Community Development Foundation is a leading source of intelligence, guidance and delivery on community development in England and across the UK. CDF is a non-departmental public body and a registered charity supported by Communities and Local Government (CLG).

Community Matters
Community Matters champions voluntary and community action at neighbourhood level, as a means of local people taking control of issues in their area and fostering community spirit.

Directory of Social Change (DSC)
DSC is an independent charity with a vision of an independent voluntary sector at the heart of social change. DSC achieves this by providing essential information and training to the voluntary sector to enable charities to achieve their mission.

KnowHow NonProfit
KnowHow NonProfit is a website to help you with any aspect of your work. Completely free and easy to use, it is packed with practical information and resources covering topics as diverse as managing volunteers, commissioning and procurement and setting up a charity shop. Got a particular problem - use the discussion forums to ask questions or share your experience in response to someone else's question. The site is intended to be a friendly and useful space for a community of nonprofit people and organisations sharing what they have learnt to help others.

LawWorks provides free legal advice for small charities with an income of less than £500,000 through lawyers working free for the public good.

Locality is the leading nationwide network of development trusts, community enterprises, settlements and social action centres. We were formed by the merger of two well-established organisations: bassac (The British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres) and the DTA (Development Trusts Association).

National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
NAVCA is the national voice of local third sector infrastructure in England. Its members work with 164,000 local third sector groups and organisations that provide community services, regenerate neighbourhoods, promote volunteering and tackle discrimination in partnership with local public bodies.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
NCVO's vision is of a society in which people are inspired to make a positive difference to their communities. A vibrant voluntary and community sector deserves a strong voice and the best support and NCVO aims to be that support and voice.

National Volunteering Database was launched in 2001 with the first, and still the only, national database of volunteering opportunities in the UK.

Third Sector
Third Sector is the UK’s leading publication for everyone who needs to know what’s going on in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector. Third Sector offers unrivalled coverage of the whole range of voluntary sector concerns through the printed magazine, the website, and a range of conferences and events.

Urban Forum
Urban Forum is an umbrella body for community and voluntary groups with interests in urban and regional policy, especially regeneration.

Volunteering England
Volunteering England works to support and increase the quality, quantity, impact and accessibility of volunteering throughout England.


Greater Manchester Infrastructure Organisations

Anchorpoint Stockport
Bury Third Sector Development Agency
Community and Voluntary Action Tameside
Manchester Community Central (managed by MACC)
Rochdale CVS
Salford CVS
Voluntary Action Oldham
Voluntary Community Action Trafford
Wigan & Leigh CVS


Sub-Regional Infrastructure Organisations

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO)
GMCVO is the support (infrastructure) organisation for the voluntary sector in the sub-region of Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester Voluntary Sector Support
Greater Manchester Voluntary Sector Support (GMVSS) is a partnership of support organisations (often called infrastructure) that has come together to provide a range of services to voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) organisations in Greater Manchester.

Forever Manchester (The Community Foundation for Greater Manchester)
The Community Foundation is a community of donors committed to improving the quality of life and helping to build stronger communities across Greater Manchester. They award grants to local grassroots organisations

Voluntary Sector North West
VSNW is the regional voluntary sector network for the North West. Their purpose is to support a connected and influential voluntary and community sector (VCS). Besides working for a well represented sector, current areas of work include supporting VCS health and social care networking and policy, influencing regional strategy and funding on behalf of the VCS, and supporting increased VCS influence over European policy and funding


Key Partner Agencies in Bolton

Bolton Arena
Bolton at Home
Bolton Together - Children and Young People Forum
Bolton Christian Cohesion
Bolton Citizens Advice Bureau
Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
Bolton College
Bolton Community Transport & Furniture Service
Bolton Council
Bolton Council of Mosques
Bolton FM
Bolton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Bolton Life
Bolton Museums
Bolton News
Bolton University
Bolton Vision
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Greater Manchester Police
Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner
Greater Manchester Probation Trust
Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Healthwatch Bolton
Octagon Theatre Bolton
Tower FM