Below are some good sites for finding information and advice on governance issues – whether you are a new community organisation starting out or an established voluntary organisation updating policies or looking for specialised training:
Small Charities Coalition – provides a range of information, support, mentoring and networking opportunities especially for smaller charities and their trustees.
smallcharities.org.uk. You’ll find an excellent library of online governance resources.
Charity Commission for England and Wales – the regulator of charities. It provides a wide range of useful free resources on different aspects of governance. (Much of their guidance is also helpful for non charities.) See charity-commission.gov.uk. You can sign up to receive Charity Commission News, their quarterly newsletter, especially good for charity trustees.
NCVO: National Council for Voluntary Organisations – Provides a very wide range of information and resources on most matters affecting the voluntary and community sector. It also runs a range of training courses (usually very good but a bit pricey) and has some excellent publications e.g. Good Trustee Guide.
DSC: Directory of Social Change – A leading provider of publications and training on voluntary sector issues at dsc.org.uk.
Regulator of community interest companies – provides information and resources at gov.uk/government/organisations/office-of-the-regulator-of-community-interest-companies
Social Enterprise UK – provides advice information and services to social enterprises and helps social enterprises to network at socialenterprise.org.uk
ACEVO: Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations – has a range of resources and training events aimed at CEOs of voluntary sector organisations. See acevo.org.uk
AOC: Association of Chairs – supports Chairs of charities and not for profits to lead their boards effectively. Provides a peer network, seminars and briefings. See associationofchairs.org.uk