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Resources & Fact sheets

A selection of fact sheets offered by SUSTAiN - on topics including funding, press releases and volunteeringSUSTAiN’s range of free fact sheets offer advice, information and guidance on some of the key topics and issues faced by voluntary organisations. We hope you find them useful. Remember, SUSTAiN has specialist advisors ready to support your organisation, one-to-one for free – What We Do to learn more.

Business support

  • CSR – ways in which local businesses could support your organisation
  • CSR Brochure -  Brochure for businesses supporting community organisatons

Commissioning

Equality & Diversity/Community Cohesion

Funding

  • Funding Central – a FREE online tool provided by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) to help you find sources of funding from over 4000 funders. It includes grants, contracts, loan finance and more and is a simple and easy tool to use.
  • Applying for funding – easy to follow steps for a successful funding bid
  • Funding dos and don’ts – essential good practice and pitfalls to avoid
  • Maximising your income – handy hints for increasing your chances of securing external funding
  • Social Enterprises – what they are and how you might go about setting one up

Organisational Planning

People Management

Performance and Quality

  • Performance management – a simple six step process for achieving full potential in your organisation
  • SIQA – SUSTAiN’s own Introduction to Quality Assurance which lists four quality assurance systems designed to suit different organisations at different stage and provides a brief overview of each. You can get started with SIQA straight away by downloading the SIQA CheckList here
  • PQASSO – an overview of the Charity Evaluation Services popular and widely recognised Practical Quality Asurance System for Small Organisations
  • Monitoring and reporting– 12 principles for funders and organisations
  • Quality Assurance Video – Watch our ‘Introduction to Quality Assurance‘ that explains the benefits and the various tools and systems available to suit organisations of all sizes.

PR & Marketing

Using the media

Websites & online marketing

Printed promotions

Trustees and Governance

 

Some Useful Websites

Colebridge Communications is our own in-house social enterprise specialising in web and print design, video production, door to door distribution and mobile exhibition bus hire.

Community Toolkit – is a free online resource for people who want to get involved in organising community activities.

DiSE CIC is a Solihull based source of expertise and advice on anything related to Social Enterprise in all its forms (Co-ops, CIC’s, etc)

Funding Central is a free tool provided by NCVO that enables you to search for all forms of funding – grants, contracts, loans, etc

Giving World Online – Connecting businesses with surplus goods to local voluntary & community groups

Jargon Busters – a website dedicated to help you understand all the jargon and fancy words used by funders, commissioners and the sector itself.

There is a really useful website with lots of information on running a ‘not for profit’ organisation. It’s called KnowHowNonProfit

LawWorks is a national charity which assists individuals and communities access free legal advice.

Legal Website – run by semi retired and voluntary legal expert, Sandy Adirondack, with useful information on all legal and governance issues affecting voluntary organisations. Sandy provides many of our legal updates.

NCVO is the national council for voluntary organisations and provides advice, guidance, templates, etc

Roots HR is a social enterprise specialising in HR for Voluntary & Community groups.

Solihull Volunteer Forum is the local network promoting volunteering and good practice for volunteer management.

Volunteering England has more help and resources around volunteer issues.