Third sector support directory launched

Recently we launched a directory to support the third sector in a variety of ways. Rob Roffe our Head of Knowledge and Learning tells us more:

With constant pressure on public funds, the landscape for the third sector is challenging. While funding challenges are perhaps the most urgent problem that organisations need to address, we know that other organisational needs around issues like financial management, business planning, mission drift and demonstrating impact are also a cause for concern.

The National Lottery Community Fund commissioned the Funding Centre to do some further research into the challenges that the third sector faces, and to produce a directory of support services that organisations can access to give them the support they need. We are delighted to be able to launch the directory, which you can access here.

The directory brings together agencies from across the UK that can provide a range of support across several areas: Board Development, Business Planning & Strategy, Compliance, Digital Innovation, Evidence & Impact, Finance, Fundraising & Funding, Governance, HR, Leadership, Mission & Vision, Legal, Management, and Volunteering

We are currently working with Third Sector Support Wales and hope to make an interactive online version of the directory available soon.

The directory forms part of our response to support Civil Society in Wales, and we have also committed to investing up to £4.5 million over the next three years to support us to deliver on the commitments in our Civil Society Strategy. Over the coming months, we will be developing initial proposals about how we can best use this National Lottery funding. It will draw upon the Funding Centre research and the ongoing discussions that we are having with the sector.

If you would like to be part of the conversation, we’re holding a discussion in partnership with WCVA on ‘Third Sector Leadership and the challenge of organisational resilience’.  The discussion will take place from 10:00 until 13:30 on Friday 20 September and will be held in the WCVA offices in Cardiff and Rhyl. If you would like to find out more about these discussions, please contact Rosie Dent by emailing

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