Further Help and Advice
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Organisations providing relevant support and information
- The Good Trustee Guide, NCVO
- Good Governance a Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector, NCVO
- The Good Guide to Trading, NCVO
- Charities, Trading and the Law, Jordans (Publication)
- Tools for Tomorrow, NCVO
- Guidance on Strategic Planning, NCVO
- Duties and liabilities of Charity Trustees, BWB
- VAT Toolkit
- Charity Commission Pages on Setting Up a Charity
- CC11 Trustees Expenses and Payments, Charity Commission
- CC20 Charities and Fundraising, Charity Commission
- CC21 Registering as a charity, Charity Commission
- CC22 Choosing and preparing a governing document, Charity Commission
- CC23 Exempt Charities, Charity Commission
- CC35 Trustees, Trading and Tax: How charities may lawfully trade, Charity Commission
- CC43 Incorporation of Charity Trustees, Charity Commission
- Charities and public benefit, Charity Commission
- Charities and Risk Management, Charity Commission
- GD1 Charitable Companies: Model Memorandum and Articles of Association, Charity Commission
- GD2 Charitable Trusts: Model Trust Deed, Charity Commission
- RS7 Membership Charities, Charity Commission
- Information and Guidance on Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO's)
Companies and enterprises:
- GP1 - Incorporation and Names, Companies House
- The Ethical Business Guide, Blue Rocket and Good Folk
Anywhere, anytime learning
KnowHow NonProfit's Study Zone provide low cost online training for the voluntary sector using web video technology.
Thinking of setting up a charity? Wondering where to start or if it is even the right option for you? This course will help you go through the decision-making process, giving you unique insight into the early stages of setting up a non profit from the point of view of a charity founder. It’s packed with useful tips and personal stories that will inspire you on your own journey.
Whether you want your charity to start trading or you're about to set up a business with a social impact, make a successful start with this online course. Learn how to clarify your social purpose and the types of products or services you’re looking to sell and find out how to make a long term difference by ensuring the sustainability of your business model.
- Trustee training pack - online tools for trustees, chairs and CEOs
- The board appraisal tool kit: self assessment for chairs and trustees
- Make your board effective - the role of chairs, trustees and CEOs
- The essentials of charity finance
Find a solicitor
Find a solicitor locally or in a specific area of expertise using the law society find a solicitor function
Bates Wells and Braithwaite (BWB)
BWB is a commercial law firm servicing a wide range of commercial, statutory, charity and social enterprise bodies (and their owners and managers).
LawWorks is a charity which aims to provide free legal help to individuals and community groups who cannot afford to pay for it and who are unable to access legal aid.
Funding Central is a free smart website for all third sector organisations, providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs. http://www.fundingcentral.org.uk
Information on Co-operative models
Information on community investment and community owned enterprise
Strive to build a stronger, more successful co-operative movement for all.
International Co-operative alliance
ICA is an independent, non-governmental association which unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide.
Information for Charities
The Charity Commission for England and Wales is established as the regulator and registrar of charities in England and Wales. Its website has a range of publications and guidance on all matters relating to charities.
Umbrella bodies and general advice
NCVO is the umbrella body for the voluntary sector in England. NCVO provides voice and support to voluntary and community organisations and its website includes wide-ranging guidance on a variety of subjects including collaborative working, ICT, strategy and impact, policy, campaigning, workforce, sustainable funding, governance and leadership, third sector foresight, and research.
- For information on collaborative working and partnerships:
NCVO Collaborative Working Resources
- For more information on funding and finance:
NCVO Funding and Finance Resources
- For more information on governance, leadership and trusteeship:
NCVO Governance and Leadership Resources
- For information on strategy:
NCVO Strategy Resources
- For information on impact:
NCVO Impact Resources
- For information on people, HR and employment:
NCVO Workforce Resources
Social Enterprise UK
SEUK is the national body for social enterprise - business with a social or environmental mission. Their members also include private businesses, charities and public sector organisations who support SEUK’s vision of a world where social enterprise is the usual way of doing business. SEUK runs effective campaigns for members and lobbies on the sector's behalf; carries out robust and respected research to help paint a picture of the UK's social enterprise movement; builds networks between social enterprises and raises the profile of people and social enterprises in the sector.
ACEVO is the professional association for third sector Chief Executives.
A membership organisation helping charities to manage their accounting, taxation, audit and other finance related functions.
Community Matters is the National Federation for Community Organisations.
NAVCA is the national voice of local third sector infrastructure in England. They aim to ensure communities are well served by the local third sector by supporting their members and their work with over 160,000 local groups and organisations.
Local Council for Voluntary Service
Local and regional umbrella organisations that support the voluntary and community sector.
Find your local group at http://navca.org.uk/directory/home.aspx
Office for Civil Society
As part of the Cabinet Office, the Office for Civil Society leads work across government to support the environment for a thriving civil society (voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, charities, cooperatives and mutuals), enabling the sector to campaign for change, deliver public services, promote social enterprise and strengthen communities.
Skills Platform makes it easier for people in charities and social enterprises to have the right skills to make a difference to people and their communities.
Trustee Bank offers a free service from NCVO to advertise or view trustee vacancies. It also provides information about becoming a trustee and on recruiting trustees to your board.
Trustees Unlimited is a joint venture between Bates Wells Braithwaite, NCVO and Russam GMS and is one of the premier providers of trustee and non executive recruitment.
Find your local volunteer centre for support and information on setting up a group through the Do-it trust.
Information on tax
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
Information for companies and enterprises
Information about starting up and running a business in the UK.
Social Enterprise UK
SEUK is the national membership body for social enterprise. It runs campaigns and lobbies on behalf of members, carries out research into the sector and builds networks between social enterprises.
The CIC Regulator
The Regulator is an independent official for Community Interest Company.
The companies House website includes useful guidance for companies, directors and company secretaries.
Financial Conduct Authority
The Regulator for Industrial and Provident Societies.
Pioneers Post aims to be the most engaging, informative and useful resource for business people who are passionate about changing lives, building communities and nurturing the environment.