Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA) offer free professional help and advice to Voluntary and Community groups across Basingstoke and Deane and the surrounding areas. We serve as an umbrella membership body for local community organisations and provide group development support and training on a wide range of topics including start-up, governance, funding advice and guidance, business planning and general good practice. Additionally, through our Volunteer Centre we actively promote volunteering across the borough through the provision of brokerage and matching services for organisations seeking volunteers and residents wishing to offer their time. Alongside our support services for community groups, we have also managed the delivery of several direct services across the borough including the Camrose Centre, a project supporting rough sleepers and the vulnerably housed through the provision of food, clothing, and facilities. We also until recently operate a Young Carers project providing respite and activity clubs for vulnerable young people along with hosting the management of Basingstoke and District Disability Forum, a service which champions activities, training, and awareness for local disabled people.