About us

Civil Society Consulting CIC is an independent, not-for-profit social enterprise – a Community Interest Company (CIC) – which first started life a decade ago.

As not-for-profit consultants, we aim to enhance community cohesion by supporting VCSE groups to leverage social impact in their communities. How do we do this?

  • We provide a high quality, people-oriented consultancy service to social sector organisations:
    Our work with charitable organisations over many years has translated into expertise social impact, organisational management and Communications. We have a academic, multidisciplinary and down-to-earth team and a ‘north star’ of contributing to sustainable social development. Thanks to this, we are experts in carrying out action-oriented social research, formulating meaningful reports and policy recommendations, and pitching it to any level of decision-making.
  • We empower grassroots social action leaders to strengthen their organisations to cater for the communities they know and care about:
    With public funding and in partnership with national infrastructure organisations, we mentor, support and equip grassroots groups to grow into sustainable, resilient and effective organisations. This work (see Steps to Recovery) has a particular focus on neighbourhoods that are diverse and/or socio-economically “furthest behind”.

Our expertise includes:

  • Community engagement
  • Needs assessment
  • Impact evaluation
  • Communications (including Social and Behavioural Change Communications)
  • Social research
  • Policy and programme design
  • Training and mentoring
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Organisational governance
  • Strategy and operations.

What people say about what we do

“Civil Society Consulting CIC is the type of organisation we really need right now. Offering support to help community groups to help themselves, giving them the skills they need to make a real difference to the people they serve – it’s a winning model.” 

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Secretary of State for Health & Social Care

“CSC has been very helpful in assisting our funding proposals. They were very quick in their correspondence, very polite in their communication and always ready to help. Mark, their main consultant, was fantastic. I would rate them 10 out of 10.”

Kwame Twum-Boateng
House of Empowerment Coventry

“The team have been brilliant, and their support came at the right time for us, and it is lifeline to sustain the organisation at this difficult time of austerity.”

Zahra Ibrahim
Barking & Dagenham Somali Women’s Association

“Thank you for your invaluable strategic business development advice. All Ways Making CIC wouldn’t be here today without your initial guidance. We are so grateful to you for your input.”

Christine Birt
All Ways Making Community Interest Company

“Civil Society Consulting’s BNG legacy report was obviously the main catalyst for everything that’s come after (£3.5 million of funding), so many thanks for your contribution!”

Nick Collinson
Head of natural & Historic Environment
Suffolk County Council (Breaking New Ground HLF project)

“Faith organisations throughout the country have made an extraordinary contribution to the COVID-19 response in so many different ways. I am delighted that the Ostro Fayre Share Foundation and Civil Society Consulting have been able to help some of them get on a sustainable footing; I know this will make a big difference to thousands of lives”

Maurice Ostro OBE
Ostro Fayre Share Foundation

“CSC’s COVID-19 briefing pack is incredibly useful on all fronts, a complete survival kit!”

Glynis Donovan
Executive Director
Redbridge Carers Support Service

“As a small charity working in a deprived area – funding is vital to carry out our work within the Community… we have been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Fund which will enable us to or work for a further 5 years in and around two of the Northwest’s most deprived council estates. It’s without doubt that we as an organisation could not have done this without the excellent work by Mark and James.”

Nick Collinson
Head of natural & Historic Environment
Suffolk County Council (Breaking New Ground HLF project)

“Together Liverpool have been working with Civil Society Consulting CIC for nearly two years. We have valued their support and encouragement as we developed our funding strategy, business plan and began putting bids together. This work, from foundation to fruition has marked a significant stepping up for our charity. The outcomes have been outstanding – culminating in a successful national lottery bid of £160,000 that will help us create our Network of Kindness across the Diocese of Liverpool. Being part of this programme is a great opportunity to work alongside professional colleagues who can offer great advice. ”

Ellen Louden
Together Liverpool

Our code of conduct

  • Act in an anti-discriminatory, non–judgemental way in line with all the provisions of the Equality Act 2010
  • Listen to the voices of people with lived experiences, and those who often find themselves marginalised by society;
  • Act independently, without any conflict of interest, and seek to speak truth to power
  • Act in a professional, timely way, carrying out instructions with competence and proactively
  • Keep clients and service users well informed of progress and setbacks
  • Maintain confidentiality (see confidentiality policy for exceptions)
  • Offer independent information, suited to the organisation’s or service user’s comprehension, communication abilities and mental or physical health needs
  • Act honestly, warm-heartedly, generously and respectfully at all times

This policy is reviewed annually. The next review will be in June 2021.

Our doors are open

Contact Us

Civil Society Consulting CIC

Registered (Suffolk) Office

Camperdown House
18 Albert Crescent
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 3DY

London Office

241 Southwark Bridge Road

Manchester Office

24 Southern Road
Manchester, M33 6HQ