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Coalfields Regeneration Trust has announced an increased level of support for Regen School Wales for 2007/08.

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Andrew Rees from Gilfach Goch Community Association and one of our mentors Mel Witherden on course completion Regen School Wales students successfully complete 2006/07 course.

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FAVOURITES

The Communities First Support Network
The Communities First Support Network is a partnership of eight national third sector organisations in Wales that have come together to offer dedicated support to the Communities First programme.

Development Trusts Association
The Development Trusts Association is the UK wide community regeneration and enterprise network in England.

Development Trusts Association Scotland
The Development Trusts Association Scotland is the Scotland wide community regeneration and enterprise network.

The National Assembly for Wales
The National Assembly for Wales is the representative body with legislative powers in devolved areas. It has sixty elected members and meets in The Senedd.

Regen Shcool
A practitioner learning network in UK.

Regen School Wales
A practitioner learning network in Wales.

Social Enterprise Coalition
SEC brings together all types of social enterprises in the UK.

Social Enterprise Unit
Social Enterprise Unit, Cabinet Office.

The Welsh Local Government Association
The Welsh Local Government Association represents the interests of local authorities in Wales. The three fire and rescue authorities, four police authorities and three national park authorities are associate members.

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ASSET DEVELOPMENT

Development Trust Association Publications
Publications for sale and other free resources available on DTA website.

Bassac
Is an umbrella association, supporting organisations helping deprived neighbourhoods across the UK.

Civic Trust
An umbrella body committed to improving and caring for places where people live and work.

Community Land Trust
Supporting development of community land trust solutions for affordable housing, amenity and workspace in Britain.

HM Government Publications
Community Assets - benefits and costs of community management.

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ARTS & REGENERATION

The Arts Council of Wales
Is responsible for funding and developing the arts in Wales.

Arts Factory
Arts Factory is an independent Development Trust based in the Rhondda Valleys, South Wales. Working to 'build a stronger community' by generating income through enterprise and using it to provide community facilities and services.

Butetown History & Arts Centre
BHAC collects, preserves, copies and utilises oral histories, old photographs and other documents; organises community education courses and works with schools and community groups.

Cywaith Cymru
Cywaith Cymru seeks to provide greater access to public art for all members of the community.

Community Music Wales
CMW is an umbrella body for community music in Wales. It runs workshops, training schemes and events, and provides practical support to help groups write, perform and record their own music.

Galeri Caernarfon
Galeri Caernarfon is a social enterprise and leading development trust in Wales involved in asset development, market town regeneration and Arts and Cultural activities based at Galeri.

Promo Cymru
ProMo is a Co-operative and Social Enterprise Agency, developing young people to their fullest by providing business support and advice whilst encouraging them to engage in social and cultural entrepreneurship.

Voluntary Arts Wales
Voluntary Arts Wales is the Wales development agency for the participatory arts in Wales.

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CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE

Children in Wales
The national umbrella children's organisation in Wales.

Funky Dragon
The Children and Young People’s Assembly for Wales - it is a peer-led organisation.

Valleyskids
Valleys Kids is a charity working with disadvantaged children and families in the valleys of South Wales.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & REGENERATION

Community Development Cymru
Community Development Cymru is an all-Wales member led independent organisation promoting community development work; supporting community development workers, paid and unpaid and advancing standards in community development practice.

Community Development Foundation
Helps communities achieve greater control over the conditions and decisions affecting their lives by: advising government, supporting community work, and carrying out research, evaluation and policy analysis.

Communities First
Communities First is a major flagship Welsh Assembly Government programme aimed at cutting poverty and helping to improve the lives of people who live in the poorest areas.

Community Matters
The UK Federation of Community Organisations.

Communities Online
Communities Online aims to address issues of sustainability; regeneration; social inclusion and healthier economies by focussing on the use of new communications technologies in communities & neighbourhoods.

The Neighbourhood Initiatives Foundation
Is a charity specialising in community participation, training and development.

Federation for Community Development Learning

Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is one of the largest social policy research and development charities in the UK.

Standing Conference for Community Development
SCCD aims to be a strong and effective voice for community development, through supporting people who support communities.

Tools for Community Regeneration
Tools for Community Regeneration enables people in community & voluntary groups have access to information they need to develop community based projects.

Welsh Council for Voluntary Action
WCVA is the umbrella body for the voluntary sector in Wales.

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CO-OPERATIVES

Wales Co-operative Centre
The Wales Co-operative Centre is a development agency for co-operative businesses in Wales.

Voluntary Arts Wales
The central membership organisation for co-operative enterprise throughout the UK.

New Sector
Aims to promote the principles and practice of democratic enterprise, common ownership, co-operation and community control within the social economy.

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CRIME & COMMUNITY SAFETY

Crime Reduction
Toolkit, the site launched by the Home Office, offers agencies guidance & information on tackling crime.

hCynon Valley Crime Prevention
Crime prevention and security services, in particular for the vulnerable, and by proactively raising crime issues with young people to raise their awareness and try to prevent potential anti-social behaviour.

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ENVIRONMENT

Black Environment Network
BEN is established to promote equality of opportunity with respect to ethnic communities in the preservation protection and development of the environment.

BTCV
BTCV is a unique international volunteering organisation providing the bridge between global environmental ideals and local reality in the UK and overseas.

CYLCH Wales
Cylch is an umbrella organisation, to promote sustainable resource management through education and practical action in Wales.

Countryside Council for Wales
The Countryside Council for Wales is the Government's statutory adviser on sustaining natural beauty, wildlife and the opportunity for outdoor enjoyment in Wales and its inshore waters. The national wildlife conservation authority.

Cynnal Cymru
Forum within Wales for the development, canvassing, exchange and dissemination of views, information and policies on sustainable development.

Environment Wales
Environment Wales is a voluntary sector partnership, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government. Aiming is to contribute to sustainable development by supporting and funding voluntary action to protect and improve the environment.

Sustainable Development Scheme ( Welsh Assembly Government)
Sustainable development policies and research.

Centre for Alternative Technologies (C.A.T.)
Offer solutions to some of the most serious challenges facing our planet and the human race, such as climate change, pollution and the waste of precious resources.

Environment Agency Wales
Environment Agency Wales is an Assembly Sponsored Public Body (ASPB), while also being part of the corporate Environment Agency for England and Wales.

Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens
FCFCG is the representative body for city farms, community gardens and similar community-led organisations in the UK.

Friends of the Earth
Making life better for people by inspiring solutions to environmental problems.

Greenpeace
Greenpeace is an independent non-profit global campaigning organization.

Groundwork Wales
Groundwork Trusts enable an integrated, bottom-up approach to regeneration, involving and empowering local people to care for their environment.

National Energy Agency
NEA develops and promotes energy efficiency services to tackle the heating and insulation problems of low-income households.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for us all.

Women’s Environmental Network
WEN is a unique, vital and innovative campaigning organisation, which represents women and campaigns on issues, which link women, environment and health.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
WWF conserves endangered species, protects threatened habitats and addresses global threats. We find long-term solutions that benefit both people and nature.

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EQUALITIES

All Wales Ethnic Minority Association (AWEMA)
To promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public in Wales.

BEST
Provides support to Black Minority Ethnic communities and organisations within the scope of the Communities First Programme.

Black Voluntary Sector Network Wales
Is an organisation that actively represents, supports and promotes the interests of the BME Communities and the BME Voluntary Sector in Wales.

Chwarae Teg
Chwarae Teg designs and manages projects that help women overcome these obstacles and play a bigger role in the Welsh economy.

Equalities Direct
This website is flagged in the UK National Action Plan on Social Inclusion.

Minority Rights Group International

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FINANCE

ABCUL Credit Unions
The credit union site for England, Scotland & Wales.

Big Lottery
BIG hands out half the good causes money from the National Lottery.

Charity Bank
Affordable loans and advice for charities and community enterprises.

Coalfields Regeneration Trust
Their mission is to lead the way in coalfields regeneration and to restore healthy, prosperous and sustainable communities.

Community Development Finance Institution
An investment body designed to tackle disadvantage and poverty through boosting enterprise in the UK’s poorest neighbourhoods.

Communities First Trust Fund
The Trust Fund is aimed at small community led organisations in Communities First areas in Wales and will support any type of activity that involves local people and of economic, environmental, social or cultural benefit to the local community.

Communities First (Music) Trust Fund
The Communities First (Music) Trust Fund 2006/2007 is a pilot programme funded by the Welsh Assembly Government to assist small-scale, community based music activities in Communities First areas in Wales.

Communities First Youth Volunteering (Russell Commission) Fund
The aim of the Youth Volunteering (Russell Commission) Fund is to ensure that all young people, regardless of background have an equal opportunity to volunteer.

The fund aims to build the capacity of local volunteer-involving organisations to engage and support young volunteers (16-25 year olds) within ‘harder to reach communities’. The fund covers the 142 wards, sub wards and “communities of interest” across Wales under the current Communities First Trust Fund.

Communities First Support Network
Aim to offer on this site news and information about the Communities First Programme in Wales. We also offer support and resources to all people involved in the programme.

Credit Unions in Wales
Good practice and technical assistance.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grantmaking foundations in the UK.

LankellyChase Foundation
The LankellyChase Foundation is the amalgamation of two grantmaking trusts, the Lankelly Foundation and the Chase Charity.

UnLtd Wales
UnLtd is a charitable organisation set up by seven leading organisations that promote social entrepreneurship

Welsh European Funding Office
WEFO is responsible for administering European Structural Funds in Wales.

WCVA Grants & Loans
They give voluntary organisations access to sources of funding managed within the voluntary sector, strengthening their independence from other sectors. WCVA manages a range of grant schemes as well as a loan package that support local voluntary organisations, communities and volunteers throughout Wales.

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GOVERNANCE

Common Purpose
Common Purpose runs educational programmes and activities for leaders of all ages, sectors and backgrounds.

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GOVERNMENT

National Assembly for Wales
The National Assembly for Wales is the representative body with legislative powers in devolved areas. It has sixty elected members and meets in the Senedd.

UK Statutory Instruments
Secondary legislation – you will need to know the number of the relevant Statutory Instrument.

The EU in the United Kingdom
European Commission Representation in the UK.

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HOUSING

TPAS Cymru
TPAS Cymru is the leading tenant participation organisation in Wales.,

Welsh Federation of Housing Associations
The Welsh Federation of Housing Associations is a membership body serving housing associations and associated support providers in Wales.

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LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Improvement and Development Agency

Local Govt Information Unit

Welsh Local Government Association
The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) represents the interests of local government and promotes local democracy in Wales.

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PARTNERSHIPS

Business in the Community
BITC inspire, engage, and support and challenge companies, to continually improve the impact they have on society.

Partnerships Online
Information on how to use the web to build networks and benefit communities.

Professionals4free
Access to professional support for voluntary organizations. Lists a range of brokers offering services ranging from legal advice to management consultancy.

Institute for Public Policy Review
Website of the Institute for Public Policy Review (and material on public private partnerships).

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Patient Capital & Loans

Charity Bank
Charity Bank is a bridge between people who would like to have a deposit account that benefits society, and organisations that can deliver excellent charitable solutions.

Communities Investment Fund
The communities investment fund is a new funding package that can provide flexible loans backed by the grant assistance, to social enterprises and community and voluntary organisations seeking to develop their income generating capacity.

Co-operative & Community Finance
Co-operative & Community Finance provides loan finance for co-operatives, employee owned businesses and social enterprises.

Finance Wales
Finance Wales encourages small and medium-sized businesses in Wales to realise their true potential for innovation and growth.

Triodos Bank
Triodos Bank finances companies, institutions and projects that add cultural value and benefit people and the environment, with the support of depositors and investors who want to encourage the development of socially responsible and innovative business.

Unity Bank
Providing banking and membership services to the trade union, charity, voluntary, credit union and membership organisation sectors.

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PLAY

Play Wales
Play Wales/Chwarae Cymru is the national organisation for children's play in Wales.

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PROCUREMENT

Nearbuyou
Nearbuyou is a national trading network for social enterprises and those that wish to trade with them. It provides a set of tools for truly effective social trading.

Sell2Wales
Sell2Wales is an initiative from the Welsh Development Agency and the Welsh Assembly Government that aims to help small and medium companies work successfully with public sector clients.

Value Wales
Value Wales (Procurement)’s principle services include advice, guidance and support on best practice. It also undertakes a role in negotiating all-Wales contracts.

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PROFESSIONAL BODIES

Planning Aid
Planning Aid Wales is the only independent organisation in Wales that provides advice on the planning system.

Royal Town Planning Institute
Advancing the science and art of town planning for the benefit of the public.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Is a membership organisation for professionals involved in land, property, construction and environmental issues.

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PUBLICATIONS

Community Matters
The UK Federation of Community Organisations.

Development Trust Association Publications
Publications for sale and other free resources available on DTA website.

New Economics Foundation
The leading independent think tank involved in the development of a fairer and more sustainable economy.

New Sector
Aims to promote the principles and practice of democratic enterprise, common ownership, co-operation and community control within the social economy.

New Start
Provide news, comment and analysis for all concerned with regeneration, physical, economic and social, and to stimulate debate and discussion of policy.

Regeneration & Renewal
Regeneration & Renewal is a weekly title for people involved in housing and regeneration across the UK.

Social Enterprise
Providing accessible, comprehensive news and practical help for everyone interested in social enterprise.

Social Enterprise Coalition
SEC is the UK's national body for social enterprise.

Regeneration
Provides an easy to use reference guide to relevant information on the web.

Regen.net
The information network for regeneration partnerships.

WCVA
A range of publications for the voluntary sector.

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RESEARCH

Community Enterprise Wales
Community Enterprise Wales is the network for organisations and individuals who are committed to developing community enterprise in Wales.

Institute of Public Policy Research
The Institute for Public Policy Research is a think tank, producing research and innovative policy ideas for a just, democratic and sustainable world.

The Institute of Welsh Affairs
Is an independent think-tank, which acts as a bridge between public policy makers, the academic community, business and non-profit organisations.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is of the largest social policy research and development charities in the UK.

New Economics Foundation
NEF is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being.

National Centre for Social Research
The website of the National Centre for Social Research – the largest independent social research institute in Britain.

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RURAL

DTA Publication: Taking root: stories of rural community enterprise from the DTA
'Taking root: stories of rural community enterprise from the DTA.’ The publication focuses on the tremendous range of enterprising rural and semi-rural initiatives.

LEADER+ in Wales
LEADER is the EU’s initiative for rural development.

The Plunkett Foundation
The Plunkett Foundation is an educational charity, which supports the development of rural group enterprise world-wide.

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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

AMCAN
Amcan is an IT-based social enterprise, established to help other not-for-profit organisations and charities focus their business.

Community Enterprise Wales
Community Enterprise Wales is the network for organisations and individuals who are committed to developing community enterprise in Wales.

Development Trust Association
The Development Trusts Association is the UK wide community regeneration and enterprise network in England.

DTI
DTI website on social enterprise.

Menter a Busnes
An economic development company, established in 1989, to develop enterprise in its widest context, and business in particular, as part of the Welsh culture.

Social Enterprise Strategy (Wales)
The Welsh Assembly Government's 3-year strategy to encourage, develop and sustain social enterprises.

Social Enterprise Coalition
SEC provides a national platform for showcasing the benefits of social enterprise.

Social Enterprise Partnership
The Social Enterprise Partnership implements infrastructure and systems development, capacity building, research and development for the social enterprise sector in the UK.

Social Firms Wales
Social Firm Wales is a business set up specifically to create employment for disabled people.

UK Social Investment Forum (UKSIF).
Promotes and encourage the development and positive impact of socially responsible investment amongst UK based investors.

Wales Co-operative Centre
The Wales Co-operative Centre is a development agency for co-operative businesses.

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SOCIAL INCLUSION

Social Exclusion Taskforce
Focus on specific hard-to-reach groups including children in care, people with mental health problems and teenagers at risk of pregnancy.

Social Justice- Welsh (Assembly Government)
Social Justice is about every one of us having the chances and opportunities to make the most of our lives and use our talents to the full.

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SOCIAL ACCOUNTING

Social Accouting Network
Support social accounting as the preferred means whereby organisations operating in the community, social economy and public sectors report on their social, environmental and economic performance and impact.

Also contact DTA Wales for information on social accounting in Wales.

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STATISTICS

National Statistics Office
Britain's economy, population and society at national and local level. Summaries and detailed data releases are published free of charge.

Wales Index Multiple Deprivation 2005
Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation has been a joint project between the Statistical Directorate of the Welsh Assembly Government and the Local Government Data Unit.

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Sustainable Development Scheme ( Welsh Assembly Government)

Sustainable Development Commission
Home to the Government’s Sustainable Development Commission.

Forum for the Future's

www.forumdirectory.org.uk
The Forum Directory has been developed to fulfil the role of a ‘first-stop shop’ information resource on sustainability projects.

New Economics Foundation
The leading independent think tank involved in the development of a fairer and more sustainable economy.

Sustainable Development
The Government’s dedicated website for all things sustainable.

World Wildllife Fund – Ecological Footprint
The Ecological Footprint is one way of measuring how our lifestyles impact not only on the planet, but also on other people. It calculates how much productive land and sea is needed to feed us and provide all the energy.

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TRAINING

Regen School Wales
Delivering a unique and inspirational learning experience that develops skills and knowledge in regeneration across Wales.

Work Force Hub ( previously Voluntary Skills Council)
The information website on learning and workforce development for staff, trustees & volunteers.

Wales Co-operative Centre
The Wales Co-operative Centre provide training that is accessible and appropriate to the social economy in Wales.

Participation Cymru
Participation Cymru is a project that aims to provide support, information and training on issues around participation, consultation and facilitation to the public, private and voluntary sector.

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VOLUNTEERING

Welsh Council for Voluntary Action
WCVA is the voice of the voluntary sector in Wales.

Community Service Volunteers
CSV involves people in high quality volunteering and learning opportunities that tackle real need and enrich lives.

Community Service Volunteers
The Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services.

Timebank UK
TimeBank is a national charity inspiring and connecting people to share and give time. TimeBank appeals to people like you who know that their time and skills are in demand.

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