Celebrating non-profit and charitable enterprises across Tower Hamlets, Nwes in collaboration with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets are delighted to announce ‘Third Sector Week’.


What is a Third Sector organisation?

Also known as the non-profit and voluntary sector, the ‘Third Sector’ describes a range of organisations that belong neither to the public sector (the UK government) nor to the private sector (profit-making private businesses). These often include, but are not limited to:

  • Charities
  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Social enterprises and cooperatives
  • Think tanks and research institutes


The importance of the Third Sector

By addressing a range of social and environmental issues that other sectors may not be able to, a thriving Third Sector can be instrumental to the health and wellbeing of society as well as a growing economy. Operating from local, national and international levels, Third Sector organisations tend to address a particular issue or support a particular group of people in society, and provide services or direct support to them. These often include, but are not limited to:

  • Culture and religion
  • Environmental causes
  • Education and youth clubs
  • Employment and training
  • Healthcare
  • Housing and rehabilitation
  • Law
  • Research
  • Social services


Achieving immediate action as well as developing systematic change, often in collaboration with other sectors, the benefits of Third Sector fundraising and research can be far-reaching and yet under-represented in mainstream media.

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“a thriving Third Sector can be instrumental to the health and wellbeing of society as well as a growing economy”

Tower Hamlets Third Sector week

With over 24,000 voluntary organisations in London alone, the largest distribution in the UK, Nwes are passionate to continue our support for the beneficial work of Third Sector organisations in Tower Hamlets with the announcement of ‘Third Sector’ week. From Tuesday the 24th until Friday the 27th of July 2018, aspiring social entrepreneurs can make the most of a range of new events and opportunities on offer including:

  • Workshops – learn how to start and grow a social enterprise
  • The Third Sector job fair – hear about third sector job vacancies in your area
  • Networking event – build connections and share insight with London’s third sector community


all hosted in the relaxed atmosphere of Whitechapel Enterprise Hub in East London. Throughout the week there will also be resources and information provided by City Business Library, THCVS, TH Chamber of Commerce, Spacehive, and Bromley by Bow Centre as well as the opportunity to secure one month of free coworking space at the Nwes-managed Chrisp Street Exchange worth £155 (terms and conditions apply).

Please note, the events as part of Third Sector week are exclusive to residents of Tower Hamlets in London. However, if you’re not a Tower Hamlets resident but are interested in receiving support related to starting or growing a Third Sector organisation, contact Nwes for a range of support available including 1-to-1 business support with a Nwes Business Advisor.

Browse all the upcoming events and opportunities below. With limited spaces, click the links to learn more and to reserve your places.

Tuesday 24 July | How to start and grow a Third Sector organisation workshop | Day 1

Wednesday 25 July | Tours of Chrisp Street Exchange for Third Sector organisations looking for one month of free coworking

Thursday 26 July | How to start and grow a Third Sector organisation workshop | Day 2


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