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Updated 18/3/13

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Services Index

The service providers detailed in the following linked pages specialise in working with the sector. This may not be an exclusive commitment, but it will be a significant activity for them.

General pointers

There are any number of special deals around for voluntary organisations - for registered charities and favoured local groups in particular. Some of these are excellent, but remember that 'nothing comes for free'.

The service provider could be

It is helpful to get a feel for where they are coming from, to avoid misunderstandings or unpleasantness later. And appreciate the fact that free advice based on inadequate knowledge or research could turn out very expensive!

Pro Bono Services

There are quite a few organisations, varyign from informal networks to offshoots of professional bodies, which provide some way of accessing volunteers with expertise in a particular area. This can include students doing projects, which could mean rather more variability in quality. Most will be listed on VolResource under the relevant subject head, but here are some others.

Maps for change "exists to inspire and empower students to create a better world through making maps and to help NGOs get the maps that they need". (Source: Whitebarn Consulting, June 2011)

Legal - see Law Works, and others, under Legal Services.

Technology - see IT4Communities under Computer services.

(Management) Consultants - Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, Cranfield Trust on Consultancy services.

Reach is the "skilled volunteering charity".

Misc Services


Belake Community Interest Company Its Analysis Services team offers a variety of services including surveys & customer intelligence, statistical and mathematical modelling, data extraction, mining & analysis, geographical analysis and performance management, measurement and metric design.

Building Works

CRASH can help if you are running a project involving single homeless people and require help with building work or professional expertise. They can provide, amongst other things, surveys, project management advice, architects, building materials and equipment. 10 Barley Mow Passage, London W4 4PH, phone 020 8742 0717, email:


Key Travel provides travel services for charities, academic and similar bodies. Offices in Manchester and London: 2nd Floor, Lowry House, 17 Mable Street, Manchester, M2 3AW, phone 0161 819 8900; 28-32 Britannia Street, London, WC1X 9JF, phone 020 7843 9600.

Charity Line is a service from Virgin Trains (No info on Virgin website)

From 13th August 2010: Booking online only, charity workers can get 20% off tickets booked in advance (up to the day before). To qualify, organisations must get at least 10 per cent of their annual income from voluntary sources - if income is over £500,000 in the last accounting year, a link to your Charity Commission entry will be needed as part of confirming this. When signing up on The Trainline, select 'charity' as business type.

Shared services, administration outsourcing

Lewis Clare Partnership provides outsourcing of grants administration, leaving grant-makers free to focus on their organisation's core activities.

Consortium purchasing - see Suppliers page.

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