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Trustee & Governance

The following websites contain a range of useful information and resources for trustees of community and voluntary organisations:

PAVO Trustee and Governance Blog


Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations' space for all things trustee and governance.

Charity Law

The Charity Commission

The definitive source of information on all aspects of charity law and guidance for registered charities. The website contains all Charity Commission publications in down-loadable form, a useful frequently asked questions page and a wealth of other relevant information.

Company Law and Business Information

Companies House

The definitive source of information about company formation and registration. The site contains a useful range of down-loadable guidance booklets.

HM Revenue and Customs 

Useful for information about general tax issues. The site has a useful section about tax, trading and gift aid for charities, with down-loadable guides and fact sheets.

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Employment Law and Information

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)

A source of comprehensive information and guidance about employment law and good practice. The site contains a range of publications in down-loadable form, a useful frequently asked questions page and a wealth of other relevant information.

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)

For information about the criminal record check procedures for staff and volunteers working with children or vulnerable adults.

Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

The site includes a useful section on employment information for employers and employees.

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Equalities Information

Age Cymru

Provides a comprehensive range of down-loadable leaflets and fact sheets about older peoples issues, aimed at older people, their families and those working with older people.

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is Great Britain's national equality body and has been awarded an 'A' status as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) by the United Nations.

Disability Powys

A Powys based organisation supporting those with physical disability or sensory impairment or long term ill health in matters of housing, care services, health, access, transport, employment and education issues. Provides training on disability and equalities issues.

Disability Rights Commission (DRC)

A useful source of information about disability discrimination legislation and employment rights, with guidance for employers and service providers.

Disability Wales

The national association of disability groups striving to achieve rights, equality and choice for all disabled people in Wales.

Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC)

A useful source of information about sex discrimination legislation and employment rights, with guidance on good practice.

Age UK

A source of useful information about older peoples issues, including age discrimination in employment.

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Fundraising and good practice

Charities Aid Foundation

A charity that provides information and services to support the fundraising and financial activities of charities.

Fundraising Regulator

They set and maintain the standards for charitable fundraising, aim to ensure that fundraising is respectful, open, honest and accountable to the public and regulate fundraising in England and Wales. (Different co-regulatory arrangements apply in Scotland.)

Institute of Fundraising

The professional membership body for UK fundraisers. The website contains the codes of good practice for fundraising in the UK as well as information about charity law and fund-raising.

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General Information and Support

National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)

An umbrella organisation for community and voluntary sector infrastructure organisations in England. Website has a useful resources section with model policies, toolkits and good practice examples on a range of topics.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) 

The national umbrella organisation for voluntary organisations in England. The site includes a full list of NCVO extensive range of publications with an on-line ordering facility.

Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) 

The national umbrella organisation for voluntary organisations in Wales. Provides a wide range of general information and support for Welsh community and voluntary organisations.

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The Governance Hub 

This site has a comprehensive range of information resources to support the trustees of voluntary organisations. Although set up for English organisations the vast majority of the resources on the site are equally applicable to organisations in Wales.

InstituteChartered Secretaries and Administrators (ISCA) 

The site contains a number of useful resources for not-for-profit organisations including model job descriptions for officers, codes of conduct and conflict of interest policies.


An internet only resource, with a number of useful information sheets on general governance issues and links to other websites and on-line resources.

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Health & Safety

Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

The definitive source of information about workplace health and safety issues and associated legislation.

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Local and National Government


A comprehensive site providing information about all public services administered by the  government. Has links to all central government departments, executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

Powys County Council 

Useful for detailed information about all PCC services. Also provides contact details of local elected representatives, details of current public consultations and grant schemes administered by the council.

Welsh Assembly Government

For all news and information about WAG. Includes useful sections providing information on current public consultations and grant funding.

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Magazines and Publications

 Charities Management

The website of Charities Management magazine, published six times a year with feature articles aimed at helping charity managers run their organisations better.

Charity Times

The website of Charity Times magazine, published eight times a year with a range of features and columns on issues affecting the third sector, including management, finance, fundraising, IT, human resources and the law.

Directory of Social Change

Publishes a wide range of specialist publications of interest to community and voluntary organisations. The site has on-line ordering facility.


The website of Governance magazine, a publication specifically for charity trustees, chief executives and company secretaries. It has a number of free down-loadable governance resources and also a vacancies page for organisations seeking to recruit trustees.

London Voluntary Service Council 

This organisation publishes a small range of specialist handbooks and publications of interest to community and voluntary organisations.

Third Sector

The website of Third Sector magazine, a weekly publication aimed at charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in the UK.

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Skills and Training

Learn Direct 

Part of the UK Government's initiative to increase post-16 learning opportunities, with details of online training packages (some free of charge) available at your local Learn Direct Centre.  Courses include a range of useful business and management skills topics.

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Trustee Resources

Charity Trustee Network

The site has an on-line forum for trustees of UK organisations as well as information to help support the development of self-help trustee network groups.

Workforce Hub

This is the principle website for details about the National Occupational Standards for Trustees. The site also provides information about recruitment and employment issues.

WCVA Trustees and Governance

This website is a comprehensive source of information and resources on a wide range of common issues. It also hosts the online Trustees Forum.

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Powys Mental Health Team

The Powys Mental Health Team provides information, support, representation networks, advice and training to the Third Sector on any aspect of mental health services in Powys ... find out more

Children and Young People

A network for organisations and groups who support, help, play and work with children, young people and their families, helping them to share good practice, work together and link to the CYP Partnership ... find out more

Health, Social Care & Wellbeing

Have your say and keep informed about how the Third Sector contributes to Health and Social Care services in Powys ... find out more

Community Transport

Community Transport meets the transport needs of communities where these needs are not or cannot be adequately met by public and/or commercial transport ... find out more

Community Development

PAVO's team of Development Officers can provide you with practical support to help develop your community group or voluntary group and its activities ... find out more

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