Community Development

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)

Supports sustainable rural community development

Arthur Rank Centre

The Arthur Rank Centre is an ecumenical partnership between the churches, the Royal Agricultural Society of England and the Rank Foundation. It is the hub of Christian concern for the wellbeing of rural people. Our programmes and projects translate that concern into effective action.

Barrier Busting site (cutting through red tape)

The Barrier Busting site is designed to help you get things done for your local community. Sometimes barriers get in the way, red tape, rules and regulations stop people putting good ideas into action. The barrier busting team is here to help. We want to help you get things done for your local community.

Big Society section of Cabinet office

The Big Society is about helping people to come together to improve their own lives. It’s about putting more power in people’s hands – a massive transfer of power from Whitehall to local communities

Building Community Funds

Social Enterprise East of England (SEEE) has produced this website to help community groups to understand community asset ownership and its relationship with the social enterprise concept. Community assets can be land and/or buildings that are owned by a community and are utilised to benefit all.

Charity Blog

OpenCharityBlog is where anyone involved in charities, community groups, voluntary organisations etc can add their own blog-style items. Opinion pieces, passing thoughts, links to interesting articles elsewhere on the web etc.The focus should be on anything to do with running an organisation, such as managing volunteers, raising and handling money or tangling with regulations.You need to register to create blog entries. It's quite easy: type in username and email address and you'll get a password emailed back.

COGS - Communities & Organisations: Growth & Support

COGS is an independent organisation specialising in policy and practice development in the areas of community engagement, empowerment and development; people based regeneration; group and event facilitation;
strategic planning and evaluation; performance management

Community Channel

Community Channel makes you think again about the world around you, and inspires you to take action on the causes and issues that matter to you.

Community Development Exchange

Formerly known as the Standing Conference for Community Development, CDX is the UK-wide membership organisation for community development.
By using and promoting the values and approaches of community development, CDX works to bring about positive changes towards social justice and equality. We do this by sharing information, experience and practice through a variety of means, including conferences, networks, newsletters, research and this website. We also represent our members in our policy work.

Community Development Foundation

Strengthens communities by ensuring effective participation of people in the decision making processes which affect their lives

Community Foundation Network

Provides support and advice to local organisations.

Community Matters

National Federation for Community Associations and similar organisations

Community Tool Box

Our goal is to support your work in promoting community health and development. The Tool Box provides over 6,000 pages of practical skill-building information on over 250 different topics. Topic sections include step-by-step instruction, examples, check-lists, and related resources.


Communitybuilders supports organisations at the heart of your community with finance, training and resources.

Compact Knowledge Bank

The new Compact Knowledge Bank will be a Compact Portal for Compact related research documents. You will be able able to view all the Compact research documents, but also upload a document (Compact related) yourself which you think people may find useful.


This website, developed by the ONE HULL Business Forum, aims to help connect Hull's private sector to the wider regeneration and development of the city by promoting the sharing of relevant skills and expertise. If you're a social enterprise, charity or a public sector organisation, this site gives you the chance to reach Hull's business community. Whether it be a contribution of time as a non executive director on a charity board, acting as an informal adviser or becoming a trading partner the opportunities for connection are numerous and the benefits tangible.

DEFRA - Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Defra is the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on the environment, food and rural affairs.

Department for Communities & Local Government

The Active Communities Directorate has a vision of a society where the voluntary and community activity flourishes and where all individuals and communities are enabled to play a full part in civil society. We want to ensure that the support, assistance and means exist to enable that vision to become reality. The Directorate contributes to the delivery of Home Office Aim 7 - To support strong and active communities in which people of all races and backgrounds are valued and participate on equal terms by developing social policy to build a fair, prosperous and cohesive society in which everyone has a stake and to ensure that active citizenship contributes to the enhancement of democracy and the development of civil society.

East Riding Local Strategic Partnership

An LSP is an umbrella partnership that brings together organisations from Public, private, community and voluntary sector in a local authority area. The key objective of the LSP is to improve the quality of life in that area.

East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS)

Supports the Voluntary and Community sector in the East Riding of Yorkshire area. Web site live but not fully launched until February 2006


ENNA connects civil society. In a globalised world, working across borders is more important than ever. Civil society organisations can play a unique role in reaching citizens and serve as a key link to governments and business in an inclusive democracy. Our vision is of a Europe of strong civil society organisations where all people can achieve their potential by fully participating in their communities and in contributing to the decisions that affect them. We work together as national cross-sectoral civil society associations to develop, support and provide voice across Europe for civil society organizations for the benefit of the millions of people that they serve and represent.

Federation for Community Development Learning

Community based regeneration network


The Glass-House offers design advice for community groups.

Hull CVS

Supports sustainable development of voluntary and community groups, and the individuals within them, in order to promote social justice, equality and quality of life.

Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council

We are an independent local charity working to support rural communities in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire. Our aim is to strengthen rural community life by offering information, advice, support and training.


Bassac and the Development Trusts Association are merging to form Locality, the nationwide movement of communities ambitious for change. Our members are multipurpose and community led. They include settlements, development trusts, social action centres and community enterprises.

mySociety is built on volunteers; from simple things, like playing a game to help us make sense of video from the House of Commons, or reporting a broken paving slab, to building a new service with our data or helping us look after one of our websites.

North Bank Forum

Forum for voluntary organisations to discuss and take action on issues relating to partnership working, community care, general health and social welfare.

People and helps people who work the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and who need to involve wider group of people in their work. The site provides information, advice, case studies and opportunities to share experiences with others; we hope that this will help you make your public participation activities as effective as possible.

Plunkett Foundation

The Plunkett Foundation is an educational charity, based near Oxford in the UK, which supports the development of rural group enterprise world-wide. The Foundation draws on 80 years' practical experience of working with partners from the private sector to promote and implement economic self-help solutions to rural problems.

Regional Voices

The nine regional networks collaborate and share expertise through a national forum, Regional Voices, which is crucial in ensuring the Office of the Third Sector, other national government departments and agencies and national voluntary organisations, get regional perspectives on their policies and programmes.

rsnonline - Rural Services network

The Rural Services Network is a membership organisation devoted to safeguarding and improving services in rural communities across England.

Social Return on Investment Network

The SROI Network is a network dedicated to the consistent and effective use of Social Return on Investment. It is a membership organisation with members who are practitioners, academics, funders and investors with an interest in the use and development of social return on investment. The growing membership is led by accredited practitioners who have pioneered SROI in England, Ireland and Scotland. The network is for anyone interested in SROI or anyone wanting to contribute to the growing bank of knowledge and experience of measuring social value.

Third Sector Foresight

We aim to help voluntary and community organisations develop their skills and understanding of their external environment in order to predict and plan effectively for the future, with a particular emphasis on providing information about drivers affecting the voluntary and community sector.

Urban Forum

Umbrella body for voluntary and community groups interested in urban and regional policy, especially regeneration

Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire

Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire (VANEL) develops, promotes, informs and supports the local voluntary, not-for-profit and charitable sector. They offer representation of the local voluntary and community sector, promotion of interagency networking and information sharing, provision of resources and support services in developing their organisations and projects to address local needs.

Yorkshire and Humber Community Development Network

The network exists to promote and support Community Development Practice and Learning in our region.

Yorkshire and Humber Empowerment Partnership

The National Empowerment Partnership (NEP) was established to improve the quality, co-ordination and evidence of empowerment across England. The NEP will: demonstrate the difference community empowerment can make to individuals, community groups, communities and public agencies; develop effective methods of quality assurance for community empowerment; promote examples of good practice across the country. Most of this work takes place at a regional level. COGS is co-ordinating the regional programme in Yorkshire and the Humber.


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