Voluntary Sector Organisations in the UK (Updated 23rd July 2012)

Voluntary sector organisations play an important role in supporting many people with mental illnesses. With the government’s Big Society agenda there is a move towards community empowerment, opening up of public services and a move towards encouraging people to become involved in communities. Voluntary sector organisations will play an increasingly important role in society with this agenda. There are a number of voluntary sector organisations and associated organisations in the UK with an online presence. Below is a selection of these organisations with an online presence.

The NAVCA website is here. NAVCA is described as

the national voice of local support and development organisations in England

The website has a section on vodcasts with a link to YouTube featuring some very interesting videos. They have a section on the Big Society here.

The Shine Charity is a registered charity that supports families and individuals with Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida. Their website is found here and features links to videos as well as an online community. They have an innovative Facebook page and an engaging web presence.

The Third Sector describes itself as

the UK’s leading publication for everyone who needs to know whats going on in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector

The Third Sector website is here and there is a useful news section here. They have a number of resources including this useful links section which links to a large number of organisations.

The Voluntary Sector Studies Network has a website here. They describe their aims as

promoting understanding of the UK voluntary sector through research

promoting a voice and a meeting place for voluntary sector researchers in the UK

The website has a news section here, as well as a Journal here.

VolResources is a site which

aims to provide practical resources for people involved in charities, voluntary or community organisations, making use of communications technology such as this web site and our e-mail newsletter

The website features a number of useful resources including information on specialist software and technology, general information resources, a newsletter and a blog. This site provides a lot of very useful resources.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (see website here) is a membership organisation for voluntary organisations. They have a number of relevant publications as well as advice and links to resources on setting up charities as well as having a blog here.


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