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Useful Links

Business Link – The Business Link website is a self-help portal of action-focused information for small and medium businesses, linking to all relevant ministries and departments

Charity Commission – The Charity Commission Regulates the administration and affairs of registered UK charities

Forever Manchester the Community Foundation for Greater Manchester – Forever Manchester the Community Foundation for Greater Manchester manages funds donated by individuals and organisations, building endowment and act as the link between donors and local needs, connecting people with causes

Companies House – The official UK government register of UK companies.

Disclosure and Barring Service - The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.

Funding Central – Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises - providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities

Get Legal – Get Legal offers clear guidance and information about legal structures. It aims to help individuals, organisations and advisors to make informed decisions as they set up and develop charities, social enterprises and co-operatives. It also explains a range of legal forms in detail.

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO) – GMCVO is a voluntary sector support organisation covering Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester CVS’s
Bolton CVS
Bury Third Sector Development Agency
Voluntary Action Oldham
CVS Rochdale 
Salford CVS 
Community and Voluntary Action Tameside
Trafford CVS
Voluntary and Community Action Trafford
Wigan and Leigh CVS

KnowHow Non Profit – The KnowHow Non Profit website is the place for nonprofit people to learn and share what they have learnt with others

Leases and Community Buildings
Law Works for Community Groups – LawWorks is a charity which aims to provide free legal help to individuals and community groups who cannot afford to pay for it and who are unable to access legal aid
The Ethical Property Foundation – The Ethical Property Foundation advises charities and community groups on property issues
Community Matters – Community Matters' advice and legal services are designed to be comprehensive and easy to use, offering guidance on all aspects of charity and company law

Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) – LGF campaign for a fair and equal society where all lesbian, gay and bisexual people can achieve their full potential

Manchester City Council – The Manchester City Council website offers information for local residents, visitors and the business community

Manchester BME Network – Manchester Black Minority Ethnic (BME) Network is for people working in and involved with the BME Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) in Manchester

Manchester Disabled People’s Access Group (MDPAG) – MDPAG are an organisation of disabled people, living, working, studying, shopping in Manchester and using Manchester City Centre and its services

Manchester's Intelligence Hub – Ever wanted to know the level of educational attainment, the crime level or population in a specific ward? All the information you need can now be found in one place. The Intelligence Hub Analysis Tool (IHAT) contains a wide range of statistical information relating to Manchester, which can be displayed on a map, data grid and bar chart. IHAT contains over 100 statistical variables, spanning different themes.

MyCommunitySpace – MyCommunitySpace is a place for community and voluntary sector organisations to find or advertise premises for hire

National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) – NAVCA is the national voice of local support and development organisations in England

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) – NCVO is an umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in England that gives a voice and support to the civil society

Voluntary Sector Policy and Grants (VSPG) – The TSPG Team, at Manchester City Council, supports the development of the third sector through a range of grants programme and partnership activity

Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW) – VSNW is a regional voluntary sector network for the North West

Ward Coordination – The role of ward coordination, which is part of Manchester City Council, is to improve Council and other public services for the benefit of local people