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Useful links

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Voluntary and community sector

Regional Links


Sub-regional organisations

View list of sub-regional infrastructure consortia.


Voluntary Service Councils


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National links

  • Advice UK is a network supporting independent free advice services across the UK
  • Advice Services Alliance is an umbrella body for independent advice services in the UK
  • Age UK
  • Community Development Foundation (CDF) news & projects
  • Community Development Exchange (CDX) works to ensure that community development is recognised and supported as a powerful way of tackling inequality and achieving social justice
  • Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) a comprehensive site detailing the range of advice available
  • Democracy Matters is an informal alliance of over 30 civil society organisations and community education providers across the UK promoting learning for democracy, citizenship, practical politics
  • Directory of Social Change - training and publications (particularly on funding)
  • Development Trusts Association national organisation for development trusts
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation provides research and funding programme, including the latest JRF reports
  • KnowHow NonProfit is a Lottery funded website that is a free resource and an online community made up of over 2,000 members. It has been built to help you and your member organisations in your work
  • Locality is the leading UK network for community led organisations
  • London Advice Services Alliance (LASA) provides advice and information services, with help on information systems and getting the best out of your IT, welfare benefits (including training and policy work in the UK advice sector)
  • The Refugee Council is the largest organisation in the UK working with asylum seekers and refugees
  • RightsNet provides benefits information and discussion forums for advice workers from LASA (London Advice Services Alliance)
  • The Social Investment Business is the largest social investor in the UK. It raises and connects capital to achieve the maximum possible social impact in the UK
  • Voluntary Arts England promotes and supports participation in the arts and crafts and offers a number of services to voluntary arts groups which include information services; lobbying and advocacy; advice and volunteer development
  • VolResource aims to be a quick and easy source of information on anything to do with running a voluntary organisation
  • Volunteering England.
  • Volunteering Matters is a national charity leading UK volunteering in policy and practice


Regional and central government and other official sites


  • Lepnetwork is a gateway to news and information that enables Local Enterprise Partnerships  to come together on areas of shared importance, engage with government, and share knowledge and good practice
  • Learning for Public Health West Midlands supports a range of public health networks and delivery of inter-professional public health/CPD training to wider public health workforce
  • NHS England Midlands and East is the Strategic Health Authority for the West Midlands
  • West Midlands Regional Observatory has been the source of regional research, facts and figures since 2002
  • WMPHO legacy website that contains data and information and intelligence and research on public health issues in the West Midlands
  • West Midlands Strategic Clinical Network provides independent strategic advice and guidance to commissioners and other stakeholders to help them make the best healthcare decisions for the population in the West Midlands
  • West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership provide structures and forums of engagement for dealing with migration at a local, regional and national level.