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Good Governance – some useful websites

 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.’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 can sign up to receive Charity Commission Newstheir 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. Find out more at

DSC: Directory of Social Change – A leading provider of publications and training on voluntary sector issues at

Regulator of community interest companies – provides information and resources at

Social Enterprise UK – provides advice information and services to social enterprises and helps social enterprises to network at

ACEVO: Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations – has a range of resources and training events aimed at CEOs of voluntary sector organisations.  See

Surrey Information Point

To access a list of voluntary organisations that are relevant to health, social care and community activities go to the Surrey Information Point, run by Surrey County Council.

eLearning courses available free of charge

The Surrey Skills Academy is currently offering the following elearning courses to voluntary sector organisations. Click on the course you require to access the elearning. If this is your first time accessing learning on the site you will be required to create an account in order to access the elearning. If you already have an account you will just need to login.

Domestic Abuse

Awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation

Carer Aware

Young Carer Aware

Universal Credit

Safer Recruitment

Promoting Wellbeing in Surrey

Accessing Corporate Resources in Surrey

Surrey County Council has launched two new tools to help local voluntary and community groups access support and resources from businesses.

The ‘Social Value Marketplace’ is a web site that enables Surrey not-for-profit organisations to post requests for corporate volunteers, goods and services or even donations. The site is linked to the Supply to Surrey procurement process; so businesses interested in tendering for Surrey contracts will be encouraged to visit the Marketplace for ideas on how they can fulfil tender criteria which requires them to add “social value” to their tender proposals. The Marketplace is also being promoted more generally to Surrey businesses who have an ethos of corporate social responsibility. To add requests for corporate support to the “Social Value Marketplace” you need to register your organisation and then post individual requests. The site is relatively easy to use. If you would like additional support a short guide is available here . However, if you would prefer VARB to post requests on your behalf then we would be happy to do so. Please email through details to

For more general advice on how to access corporate resources, take a look at the Toolkit developed by SCC in partnership with local businesses and voluntary organisations. It is full of top tips on how to forge successful relationships with local businesses. Available to download below.

Free legal advice for not-for-profit organisations

Law Works is a charity that helps connect volunteer solicitors with small charities and not-for-profit organisations in need of legal advice. Volunteers can provide advice on most areas of law including intellectual property, employment, property, tax, insurance, insolvency, data protection and company/charity law. Examples of how they can help include: drafting a contract; reviewing a lease; updating a constitution or clarifying rights in a commercial dispute.

For more information and to check eligibility visit the Law Works website.

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