Blog Links

Links to social media such as blogs, podcasts, networks – covering issues of interest to people in the voluntary sector and also example charity sites. Such as charity or campaign blogs working to raise awareness or cash, communicate with the public, volunteers or members. And some blogs from further afield under BlogWorld.

Also: news/tips on tech and social action, examples of Open Source CMS being used by British charities, podcast/audio/video sites and platforms. Plus resources. And NEW for 2015: charity apps – mainly Android.

See VoluntaryNews for sources of news by or for the non-profit sector, and our own news stream too. The main VolResource site gives information on issues such as sector support bodies, why taxonomy matters.

Link updates

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A tentative start at apps for smartphone and tablet, for and by charities. Note: your editor has acquired a very cheap Android phone, so this limits what can be checked out.

  • Birmingham’s voluntary sector support org BVSC contains latest jobs, events, sector news. See BVSC news item for Apple and Android links.
  • Cardiomyopathy Apple app – to get “latest information from and organise your treatment information”.
  • epilepsy society app contains essential information for anyone dealing with epilepsy. On Google Play.
  • Fill That Hole for reporting potholes, from CTC the national cycling charity. On Google Play.
  • FoodCloud is an app (Ireland only) that allows businesses with surplus food to donate to charities within their communities. On Google Play.
  • Girls in Action from Girlguiding UK. On Google Play.
  • SnapDonate connects with JustGiving to make giving easy. On Google Play.
  • Snowflake – an interactive adventure game app from Home-Start. On Google Play.
  • UN ‘Calendar of Observances on Google Play.
  • Be My Eyes is an Apple app that connects blind people with volunteer helpers from around the world via live video chat.

Charity Commentary

On Charity Work

This CharityBlog also rounds up relevant social media for those involved in voluntary organisations.

Charity Blogging

Campaign Blogs

Issue Blogs


Selected interational (mainly American) sector blogs


Many community groups, national charities etc. have Facebook pages, groups or profiles. This section is for innovations or charity specific social networks.

  • Connect, Autism West Midlands award winning online social network for people with autism and their families.

Podcast, audio, video

– #volsec stories, news, comment.

Tech and Social Action


  • environmental news and feature videos in various formats.
  • The Hub Now an archive of human rights related media to 2010.

Open Source CMS Examples

CMS – content management system. Many more using this sort of website software now.

Links to the software: CiviCRM, Drupal, WordPress.

Also see: Tailoring WordPress – round-up of plug-ins of particular interest to charities.

Sector Resources