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NIACE Website Useful Resource for Voluntary Sector

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) has just announced that it is to launch an online support service for the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS).

The service will go live from early October and will be provided in conjunction with National Association of Councils for Voluntary Service (NACVS).

The service will be available through the website (to access the site, please click here) and will be a detailed guide to the regional and local voluntary infrastructure throughout England. The site will have details of contacts numbers and information on the work and remit of different organisations within the sector.

Two Heads are Better

Cheryl Turner from NIACE said: “Finding the right partner in the voluntary and community sector has never been more important for organisations involved in learning and training, or interested in this area of work. Now that funding for community-based learning is increasingly hard to find, working collaboratively with the right people becomes ever more important as a sustainable way forward. VCS Learning Links offers a solution to the question of who should you approach first.”

She continued, “VCS Learning Links is the solution and can help you whether you”re from a voluntary or community organisation, FE College, local authority service, a possible funder, or another strategic body.”

The Head of the UK Workforce Hub, Janet Fleming explained, “VCS Learning Links will be a valuable resource. It brings a wealth of information into one place for the first time, meaning infrastructure organisations can share good practice and learning with each other for the benefit of the local organisations they support.”

The new service has also been welcomed within the sector. Tony Herrman, Director of Community Work Training Co, was certainly impressed, saying: “I think it is an excellent site at first glance – clear, readable, accessible and useful.”

Dan Atkinson

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