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Support for Charities

CTN the Trustee Network

CTN is a charity for trustees. Membership is free, and the website  includes signposting to information and services for trustees, learning and sharing opportunities, and a trustee-finder where charities can search for and advertise for trustees.


Reach has a service called TrusteeWorks which helps organisations find great trustees and volunteers find satisfying trustee roles. For more information check out www.trusteeworks.org.uk

Toolkits, Guides and Information Sheets

The Charity Commission governance resources

The Hallmarks of an Effective Charity sets out six standards that will help trustees improve the effectiveness of their charity, and uphold the principles that the Charity Commission's regulatory framework exists to support.

the Charity Commission published a new governance code for smaller charitable organisations in November 2011, Good governance – a code for the voluntary sector: smaller organisation version. It mirrors the principles of the main governance code but is designed to be clearer and easier to use for those organisations with limited resources.

NCVO Governance and Leadership Publications

The NCVO website has an extensive range of resources on governance and leadership, including guides and toolkits to good governance, and research papers. 

The second version of the Code of Governance was published in October 2010. It sets out best practice for governing a voluntary or community organisation.