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Annex F Examples of Third Sector Support Services in UK

Name Funding Source Activities
Small Charities Coalition

(founded 2008)

more than 700 members
Trusts and Foundations in UK Matchmaking small charities with others to increase resources, skills and knowledge – maintains a directory of volunteer skills (individuals and employer-led volunteering) for mentoring, sharing with small charities, provides support, guidance, encouragement, advice and information for small charities e.g. communications, successful bid writing, charity legalities, resource for small charities to get voices heard with media and Government
Directory of Social Change

(founded 1975)

independent charity with vision of an independent voluntary sector at heart of social change linked to 20,000 charities
Originally Foundations and Office of Third Sector, now 98% self-earnings (website subscriptions, publications, events) Training and publications on fund raising, management, organisational development, communication, finance, law. Includes Speed Reads on subjects as diverse as team building, writing for the web, risk management, media relations independent status means it can challenge and create debate around government policy and issues which threaten independence of small charities maintains websites,,
Third Sector

80,000 subscribers
Now funded by subscriptions Third Sector Magazine is leading (weekly and online) publication for the voluntary and not for profit sector covers fund raising, finance, politics, communications, volunteering, opinion and analysis, forum for lively debate
Media Trust

Everyone should have a voice and the opportunity to be Heard.
Media Companies

Cabinet Office & other Government offices

UK Foundations
Supports organisations to enhance communications e.g. TV shorts, using celebrities, hitting headlines, linking with media

Provides free resources e.g. on public relations, digital media, marketing
Social Enterprise Coalition

The voice of social enterprise through being a progressive authoritative body that brings together all types of social enterprise in the UK
Contracts and grants from Government e.g. Departments of Health, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Communities and Local Government, The Office for Civil Society

Trusts and Foundations

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Membership subscriptions
Promote the benefits of social enterprise through the media, campaigning and events

Promote best practice amongst social enterprises through networks and publications

Inform the policy agenda working with key decision makers Engage in intelligent networking and providing accurate information, consultation with members and building social enterprise evidence base
National Council for Voluntary Services

founded 1919’

Giving voice and support to civil society’
14% from Office of Third Sector as core grant

Grants from other Government sources

Trusts and Foundations

Membership subscriptions (though free for small organisations)
Aims to give shared voice to voluntary organisations, helps organisations achieve highest standards of practice and effectiveness

Publications helpdesk, 568,400 members self earnings through events, training, consultancies, private donations discounted services e.g. insurance, computer soft/hardware training, publishing services

Published Engage magazine maintains a Parliamentary Office promotes idea of civil society
Publication may be found at the address