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Definition of Third Sector Support Agency

What is a third sector support organisation?

A third sector support organisation is one which provides the support that helps third sector groups and organisations achieve their aims.

This support takes many forms including,

  • physical facilities
  • structures
  • systems
  • relationships
  • people
  • knowledge
  • skills

that exist to support and develop, co-ordinate, represent and promote front line organisations thus enabling them to deliver their missions more effectively.

Third sector support organisations, often called ‘second tier’, intermediary or umbrella organisations, provide support to frontline organisations. They are usually generic (supporting all frontline organisations within a particular geographic area) or specialist (supporting a particular sub sector of the voluntary and community sector or offer a particular area of expertise).

Third sector support agencies active in Derby and Derbyshire have formed a partnership called Third Sector Support for Derbyshire. These agencies are both generic and specialist.

Last Modified: 14 Sep 2009
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3D provides support for voluntary organisations & community groups in Derby & Derbyshire.

It achieves this as a partnership of Derby & Derbyshire support organisations, working together.

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Last Modified: 14 Sep 2009