Acronym Finder

ACAS – Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service – www.acas.org.uk

ACE – Arts Council England

ACEVO – Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations

ACF – Association of Charitable Foundations

ACIE – Association of Charity Independent Examiners

ACRE – Action with Communities in Rural England

ACS – Association of Charity Shops

ADSS – Association of Directors of Social Services

ALP – Association of Learning Providers

AoC – Association of Colleges

BCODP – British Council for Disabled People

BiTC – Business in the Community

BL – Business Link

BMA – British Medical Association

BSA – Basic Skills Agency

BSHF – Building and Social Housing Foundation

BTCV – British Trust for Conservation Volunteers

BTEG – Black Training and Enterprise Group

BURA – British Urban Regeneration Association

CAB – Citizens Advice Bureau

CAF – Charities Aid Foundation

CAfE – Community Action for Energy

CAS – Community Accountancy Service

CBI – Confederation of British Industry

CCI – Centre for Construction Innovation

CDF – Community Development Foundation

cdfa – Community Development Finance Association

CDHN – Community Development and Health Network

CEDC – Community Education Development Centre

CEMVO – Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations

CES – Charities Evaluation Services

CEV – European Volunteer Centre / Centre Europeen du Volontariat

CFN – Community Foundation Network

CHEX – Community Health Exchange

CIM – Chartered Institute of Marketing

CIPD – Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

CLES – Centre for Local Economic Strategies.

ConfEd – Confederation of Education Service Managers

CPPIH – Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health

CPRE – Campaign to Protect Rural England

CRAC – Careers Research Advisory Centre

CSA – Centre for Social Action

CSC – Community Sector Coalition

CSV – Community Service Volunteers (org)

CTN – Charity Trustees Network

DCMS – Department for Culture, Media and Sport

DfEE – Department for Education and Employment (UK Government)

DH – Department of Health

DIG – Disablement Income Group

DSC – Directory of Social Change

DTA – Development Trusts Association

DTI – Department of Trade and Industry (UK Government)

EC – European Commission

EHRC – Equalities and Human Rights Commission

EIA – European Information Association

ERDF – European Regional Development Fund

ESF – European Social Fund

ESRC – Economic and Social Research Council

EST – Energy Saving Trust

EU – European Union

EWL – European Women's Lobby

EZ – Enterprise Zone

FbRN – Faith Based Regeneration Network

FCDL – Federation for Community Development Learning

GSCC – General Social Care Council

HEFCE – Higher Education Funding Council for England – http://www.hefce.ac.uk

HEI – Higher education institution

HLSP – Higher Level Skills Pathfinders

HSE – Health and Safety Executive

ICA – Institute of Cultural Affairs

ICAEW – Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales

IDeA – Improvement and Development Agency

IPPC – Independent Police Complaints Commission

ippr – Institute for Public Policy Research

JCP – Job Centre Plus

JRF – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

LEA – Local Education Authority

LEP – Local Enterprise Partnership

LSC – Liverpool Science Centre – http://www.regionplus.co.uk/2010/08/liverpool-science-centre/

MAS North West – Manufacturing Advisory Service North West

MoD – Ministry of Defence (UK Government)

NAPP – National Association for Patient Participation

NAVCA – National Association for Voluntary and Community Action

NAWO – National Alliance of Women's Organisations

NCB – National Children's Bureau

NCVO – National Council for Voluntary Organisations

NCVYS – National Council for Voluntary Youth Services

NHS – National Health Service

NICE – National Institute of Clinical Excellence

NIF – Neighbourhood Initiatives Foundation

NWDA – Northwest Development Agency – http://www.nwda.co.uk

NWIN – North West Innovation Network –  http://www.nwin.org.uk

NWUA – North West Universities Association – http://www.nwua.ac.uk

NWRIU – North West Regional Intelligence Unit – http://nwriu.co.uk

NWRLB – North West Regional Leaders Board (formerly 4NW) – http://www.nwrlb.co.uk

OFSTED – Office for Standards in Education

PLA – Pre School Learning Alliance

RLN NW – Regional Language Network North West

RNIB – Royal National Institute for the Blind

RNID – Royal National Institute for Deaf people

ROTA – Race on the Agenda

ROW – Rights of Women

RSA – Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce

SCIE – Social Care Institute for Excellence

SEC – Social Enterprise Coalition

SSE – School for Social Entrepreneurs

SSRG – Social Services Research Group

TEN – The Education Network

TMP – The Mersey Partnership

TOPSS – Training Organisation for Personal Social Services

TUC – Trades Union Congress

UfI – University for Industry

UKCAP – UK Coalition Against Poverty

UKDPP – United Kingdom Disabled People's Parliament

VAN – Voluntary Arts Network

VDA – Volunteer Development Agency

VSNTO – Voluntary Sector National Training Organisation

WEA – Workers' Education Association

WEN – Women's Environment Network

WHO – World Health Organisation

WNC – Women's National Commission

WRC – Women's Resource Centre

WRVS – Women's Royal Voluntary Service