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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

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

Jargonbuster is a website by CES and the Jargonbuster group. It is dedicated to providing clear and simple definitions of the key terms usually used to describe what organisations are doing and the difference their work is making.

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

LGBT Foundation – LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

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

Manchester City Council funding for voluntary and community groups – Voluntary and community sector groups are able to apply for a range of grants. Some are small, one-off grants that support a community event or project, other grants are longer term and support a community service or facility.

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.

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