Building a Stronger Community: The Voluntary & Community Support Team

Who are the Voluntary & Community Support Team?

The Voluntary & Community Support Team at Community Resource (a Shropshire based charity) offers free community infrastructure support to local community groups, organisations & charities to identify their needs so they can start or continue, their vital work supporting their communities.

With the support of Shropshire Council The ‘Shropshire Voluntary Community Sector Infrastructure Support’ Project has received £371,585 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (Department for levelling up, housing & communities) and is currently supported until 31 March 2025. Allowing the team to employ a team of infrastructure experts, be present in communities and provide free, quality training and advice to charities, social enterprises and other community and local groups. Funding for infrastructure support has decreased on a national level. Making it ever more vital to provide tailored local support in Shropshire. Without which, many community groups would cease to exist, or find it incredibly difficult to operate.

What is community infrastructure support?

Community infrastructure relates to the core work that keeps charities, community groups, social enterprises and other voluntary organisations functioning in a legal, efficient way and supports their sustainable growth. For example, this can include applying for grants, becoming legally constituted, policy development etc!

In the past two years alone the SIP Voluntary & Community Support team:

How can the Voluntary & Community Support Team help you?

‘Shropshire Light Infantry veterans’ group have been working with the Infrastructure Team at Community Resource for several months now.  Duncan has been helping us set up a Charity, guiding us through the process of writing a constitution and helping us to recruit our Trustees.  The guidance and advice given has been invaluable and we would not have been able to get to the point we are now at having submitted our application to the Charity Commission without the team’s help.  Working with the team has also meant that they can signpost us to other opportunities that we would otherwise not have known about, this includes the new Crowdfund Shropshire scheme which we are actively looking into.

I would recommend using the services of the infrastructure team to any group looking to set as it can be a confusing and daunting task without help.’ - Shropshire Light Infantry veterans’ group

Before I started volunteering, I used to feel a bit lonely and unfulfilled. I felt like I had some extra energy which I was wasting sometimes. I spent too much time on social media, looking through the newsfeed. When I started volunteering, I felt an immediate change. I realised that I possess something people are in need of, and I wanted to share it with them. For me the biggest pleasure is to see people grow and develop their language skills. I constantly reassure them that every step matters. We set small goals regularly and achieve them. The sense of their achievement is the best reward for me.

ESOL Volunteer


How to get in touch:

Website: Shropshire Infrastructure Partnership | Strengthening the voluntary sector, together (

Call: 01743 342170


Address: Community Resource 4 The Creative Quarter, Shrewsbury Business Park, Shrewsbury, SY2 6LG