Support and Advice for Groups

Links for information and advice for voluntary and community groups

Local Support

Visit our FREE database of local funders to find sources of funding and advice for your group

For information and advice on selecting a freelance consultant to support your group visit the Voluntary Sector Consultants Network page.

In addition to grants, Wiltshire Community Foundation offers other support to help equip community groups with improved funding skills and information.

Skills & Information Workshops - Half day interactive workshops for trustees, staff and volunteers

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Advice Sessions

One-to-one bookable sessions of funding and governance advice for voluntary groups held in locations across the county.  Generally held on the 4th Monday of the month.  Please contact Jane Butler on 01380 729284 or email Jane Butler to find out more.  To book online please click below:


Voluntary Action Swindon
Voluntary Action Swindon is the local development organisation (CVS) in Swindon. VAS is a charity that supports the development of a vibrant, effective and influential voluntary and community sector locally.  VAS also provides a wide range of services including funding advice, training, room hire and printing facilities.

Wiltshire Council Community & Environment
Wiltshire Council aim to be a transparent council with strong links to local communities helping people identify their aspirations and priorities.  More information here about Local Area Boards, Local Youth Networks and campus developments.

Community First
Community First is Wiltshire's Rural Community Council, a charity that works at the forefront of community development to help improve the quality of life and economic well being of people and local communities throughout Wiltshire and Swindon.  They work in close partnership with local communities, voluntary organisations, statutory agencies and funders to help develop and deliver wide ranging community programmes that bring social, economic and environmental benefits to local people in Wiltshire and Swindon.

National Support

The Charity Commission

The Charity Commission register and regulate charities in England and Wales, to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence.  They register eligible organisations in England and Wales which are established for only charitable purposes, take enforcement action when there is malpractice or misconduct, ensure charities meet their legal requirements, including providing information on their activities each year, make appropriate information about each registered charity widely available and provide online services and guidance to help charities run as effectively as possible


NCVO champions the voluntary sector and volunteering. They connect, represent and support voluntary organisations.  Each day, millions of people make a difference to the causes they believe in through voluntary organisations and volunteering.  They connect, represent and support voluntary organisations, from the smallest community groups to the largest charities.  They support voluntary organisations by generating and identifying the best knowledge and expertise.