On this page you will find a range of links to websites of interest to the voluntary and community sector. We have included a broad range of subjects but we would be grateful for suggestions for links which you may have found useful.


The links all open into external websites the content of which Redcar & Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency cannot be held responsible for.

Community  & Voluntary Organisations


Carers Together in Redcar and Cleveland

Cleveland Fire Support Network
Newcomen Forum

Redcar in Bloom
Redcar & Cleveland Mind's Good Mind Guide
Redcar ROC

The Doorways Project
The Grenfell Club
The Junction


Charity links


Charity Commission for England and Wales - established by law as the regulator and registrar for charities in England and Wales.

CharitySkills offers support for trustees and the voluntary sector. Online knowledge bank, forums, and information about training services.

Charity Trustee Networks (CTN) exists to provide trustees and management committee members with opportunities to access help, support and advice by sharing knowledge and experience with each other.



Awards for All
BBC Children in Need
BIG Lottery
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Charities Aid Foundation
The Children's Foundation - Regional Small Grants programme
Church Urban Fund
Comic Relief
Esh Charitable Trust
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Foundation for Sport and the Arts
Four Acre Trust
J Paul Getty Jr General CharitableTrust
Greggs Trust
Allen Lane Foundation
Lankelly Chase Foundation
William Leech Charity
Lloyds TSB Foundation
Northern Rock Foundation
Percy Bilton Charity
Ragdoll Foundation
Rank Foundation
Santander Foundation
Tees Valley Community Foundation
Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
Tudor Trust
Weavers Company Benevolent Fund
Garfield Weston Foundation
Yapp Charitable Trust


Government links

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council - the website of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.
Redcar & Cleveland Children's Trust - includes the Redcar & Cleveland Families guide



Audit Commission - appoints auditors to all local authorities and NHS bodies in England and Wales.
Central Office of Information - the Government's central communications service.
Directgov - contains a wide range of public service information.
Funding Information North East (FINE) - Researches potential sources of funding for the voluntary and community sector in the North East and keeps organisations informed of funding opportunities via publications and information bulletins. - a one-stop portal for local authorities and others to get quick and easy access to information they need on the web sites of central government departments, agencies and public bodies.

Information Commissioner - promotes good information handling practice, enforces data protection and freedom of information legislation, and seeks to influence national and international thinking on privacy on information access issues.

National Statistics - UK's home of official statistics, reflecting Britain's economy, population and society at national and local level.

Official documents - contains a selection of Government titles covering a very broad range of topics, including the economy, work and welfare, health, transport and the environment.

Sandy Adirondack - main specialisms legal aspects of voluntary sector governance and management, and helping boards become more effective. Includes legal updates


Better Together


The Better Together project has now ended but as a legacy contributions from the learning have been included in a new 'Consortium Development Toolkit'. The toolkit is designed to support groups of organisations that are looking to work together. It consists of a booklet and website with template business planning documentation, and is offered together with face to face facilitation. The toolkit takes organisations through the successive stages of coming together - deciding on a structure, developing organisational goals, defining criteria for membership, and formally constituting and incorporating the consortium, if that is the chosen route.

The toolkit is offered to you through a license agreement, which comes with two levels of support.

*  a Basic License. Comes with support to help you develop a single consortium.
*   an extended license. As well as facilitation of one consortium development process (as above), the extended license also   comes with advanced training in consortium development and working (a 'train the trainer' model). The extended license is suitable for infrastructure bodies or larger organisations that wish to develop their own capacity to support consortia.
Children England have negotiated a 10% discount for its members - please see their website

To see a sample of the toolkit go to and follow the instructions.


Legislation links

ACAS is an organisation devoted to preventing and resolving employment disputes.

Disclosure and Barring Service

The Health and Safety Commission is responsible for health and safety regulation in Great Britain. The Health and Safety Executive and local government are the enforcing authorities who work in support of the Commission.