This page lists a range of free or low-cost resources that offer support and guidance for charities and not-for-profit organisations. The page is regularly updated - please contact us at if you have any suggestions for themes and areas of interest you think would be helpful.

Communications and marketing

See our guide here for advice, tools and resources to support low cost or free marketing and communications.

Governance, Staff & Volunteers

Governance building blocks guide - a Bates Wells guide on governance for charities

Companies House – a range of government guidance including how to set up a company, becoming a company director and annual filings

Charities Commission (England and Wales) – guidance to help set up and run a charity, such as charity rules and advice on managing finances

Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) – Scotland specific advice, guidance and information on becoming and managing a charity

Association of Chairs - a range of tips, guides and briefings aimed at supporting Chairs in their roles. Membership is required to access some resources.

Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) – a membership organisation supporting leaders of charities and social enterprises in England and Wales. Resources can be accessed after paying for a membership.

Locality – a national membership network supporting community organisations, offering training, support, networking opportunities and more. Membership is required to access some resources.

London Community Foundation – comprehensive resource pack with links to topics such as setting up a community organisation, working with volunteers and writing financial procedures

NCVO - information on employment law and human resources, including guidance and templates for procedures and policies

Reach Volunteering – guides for organisations and volunteers, including how to recruit skilled volunteers and Trustees

Resource Centre – resources on topics such as managing staff and volunteers, policies and procedures, and getting help with running a group


Charity Commission - strategy for safeguarding:

NCVO – safeguarding information and resources, including what safeguarding is and examples of best practice

NSPCC – information on safeguarding children and child protection

SCVO – a collection of guidance, focussing on the role of Trustees in safeguarding and how to develop a strong safeguarding culture in your organisation

Unlock - an independent national charity that provides a voice and support for people who are facing stigma and obstacles because of their criminal record

WCVA – promote and develop good practice in safeguarding across the voluntary sector in Wales, and provide advice on safeguarding and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

Mental health support

Mental Health First Aid England – a social enterprise offering Mental Health First Aid training to workplaces and individuals

Mental Health Foundation – resources on looking after your mental health and getting help

Mental Health UK – advice, information and support services for individuals

Mental Health Wales – links and information for mental health professionals, clinicians, and individuals living with mental illness, families and carers

Mind – advice, support and campaigning to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem

Papyrus UK – suicide prevention for young people, including a support and advice line and training for individuals and groups

Rethink Mental Illness – mental health training courses, and support services for individuals

Samaritans – support for individuals, and provide online and face-to-face training for employers

Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) – advice and guidance, including self-help and supporting others

See Me - resources for mental health campaigning and peer support work

Scottish Recovery Network – an organisation promoting and supporting mental health recovery, including resources for developing peer support services

Young Minds - mental health support for young people, and advice/training for organisations working with young people

Zero Suicide Alliance – suicide prevention training and awareness

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) – Work with employers and employees to improve workplace relationships

Resource Centre – a charity serving voluntary and community groups in the Brighton and Hove area by providing a range of services and resources

Business Disability Forum – Works to remove barriers in business structures and government that prevent disabled people from contributing to enhance the social and economic health of their society

Inc Arts Unlock - an anti-racism toolkit that gives arts organisations practical steps to take anti-racist action

Stonewall – Provide support for the LGBTQ+ community

Finance and budgeting

NCVO – Offer toolkits templates for managing finances

Sayer Vincent – Resources from an audit and advisory firm working exclusively with charities and social purpose organisations

Small Charity Finance - offer a range of practical, easy to use resources that are appropriate for small charities

Charity Finance Group - is a charity that inspires a financially confident, dynamic and trustworthy charity sector by championing best practice, nurturing leadership and influencing policy makers

Fundraising and other funders

Crowdfunder - a different way to raise money for good ideas by turning to the people around you and in your community to support your venture

Edge Fund - is a grant making body that supports efforts to achieve social, economic and environmental justice and to end imbalances in wealth and power – and give those we aim to help a say in where the money goes

Black Fundraisers UK (BF-UK) - is a Special Interest Group of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CIOF that connect, support and champion fundraisers from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) Communities across the whole of the UK

Directory of Social Change (subscription service) – provide practical information on fundraising, marketing, management and legal issues for charities

UK Community Foundations – a national network of community foundations, bringing together people and organisations that want to improve their communities

Funding Wales - lists funding opportunities in Wales

Funding Scotland - lists funding opportunities in Scotland

YouthLink Scotland - providing information to support Youth work in Scotland

Grants Online – provide information on potential funding opportunities

The Foundation for Social Improvement- offer a subsidised extensive training programme to support small charities

Monitoring and evaluation

NCVO - offer free tools and guidance on evaluation, learning and impact measurement

The Resource Centre - provides free resources to help charities and community groups to evaluate their impact

One Westminster - has a range of tools and guides to help with monitoring and evaluation

New Philanthropy Capital - provide some free guides to impact measurement

Campaigning and influencing

Media Trust - run a UK-wide digital skills training programme delivered through local masterclasses, mentoring and online learning

Sheila McKechnie Foundation training – offer training courses are designed to give people the knowledge, skills and confidence to effect change as well as build stronger teams and organisations

NCVO - provides some guidance around campaigning and influencing for charities and community groups

Scope - have put together a guide to help plan and run a campaign

Digital inclusion

Good Things Foundation – providing access to digital resources to improve digital inclusion

Learn My Way - digital skills courses from Good Things Foundation

Make It Click - digital skills resources from Good Things Foundation

Charity Digital – partner with leading technology providers to deliver the UK’s only software donation platform, Charity Digital Exchange to improve digital awareness and access, connect charities to the digital expertise and talent they need

Renewed - provide premium quality Dell, HP, Lenovo and Apple repurposed IT hardware to the education sector, as well as commercial and charitable sectors

Supporting Communities - an independent charitable organisation that champions tenant and community participation by developing groups, supporting active citizenship and building cohesive communities

Vital Tech - a guide through the world of assistive tech for blind and partially sighted people in the UK

AbilityNet - supports anyone living with any disability or impairment to use technology to achieve their goals at home, at work and in education

Building reserves

The Charity Commission has produced a guide to developing a reserves policy for your organisation. OSCR also has a reserves factsheet for Scottish Charities.

NCVO has some guidance on developing a reserves policy.

SCVO has also produced some guidance, as well as a template policy. (Note: you must be a member of SCVO to access the template policy. Membership is free for Scottish organisations with income of less than £100k)

Godfrey Wilson provides finance and accountancy support to small to medium charities and social enterprises. They have produced a guide to charity reserves.

Bond has published a report into how international development organisations can build resilience through reserves, which contains relevant lessons for all charities.

The Charity Excellence Framework has published a list of some funders and foundations who offer funding for core costs or unrestricted grants.

The Community Transport Association and the Welsh Government have published their top tips for increasing unrestricted income.