From time to time we all need support to sustain and grow our group. In this section you’ll find a comprehensive collection of links and downloads that benefit your group.

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Accounts and Finances

Charity Finance Group

The Charity Finance Group is a group for financial managers within charities.  Membership is £70 per year currently (4/16) and there is a part of the group which meets up in Leeds.  There is some information available for free on the site and you can also sign up to their free newsletter which should alert you to any changes to charity finance regulation.

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West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service

West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS) supports organisations to manage their finances more effectively and efficiently.  They provide financial management training and accounting services particularly within the voluntary and community sector.  WYCAS is based in Leeds and services the whole of West Yorkshire.  Contact them if you would like them to produce your accounts (or help with doing it yourself), for financial management training, help with quickbooks or excel or training on any financial issues.  Their website always has a list of up to date courses.

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Fundraising

Online Fundraising

JustGiving is a website that allows you to set up an account to receive donations.  They take a small fee of 5% but they also will claim the giftaid for you so normally you’ll end up receiving more than people have donated but not quite as much as if you did it all yourself (on a £10 donation you’d make £11.74 as opposed to £12.50 if you did it all yourself).  It has the advantage of capturing givers who might not otherwise give, enabling you to put a donation button on your website and taking the hassle out of collecting donations.

(JustGiving differs from Crowdfunding in that JustGiving is the website for ongoing general gifts whereas Crowdfunding is usually project based).

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Fundraise as you shop with “EasyFundraising”

The EasyFundraising website allows you to sign up with an account which you then publicise to all your supporters.  Whenever they shop with any of the affiliated traders, you will receive a commission.  The affiliated traders include ebay, Amazon, Argos, Currys, Boots, Next, Sainsburys, Vodafone and John Lewis.

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a way of asking your supporters to support you in financing an idea before it’s come to fruition.  There are lots of Crowdfunding websites on line and the idea is that you join a site, post your project and then ask your supporters to help finance it.  Your supporters can then go to the Crowdfunding website and contribute directly.  Some Crowdfunding sites take a commission and others waive this for the not-for-profit sector.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations is working with a crowdfunding website called Crowdfunder.co.uk, other sites include JustGiving.com and BuzzBank which seems to have a bias towards social enterprise and environmental projects.

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The Institute of Fundraising

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) is a good resource but is aimed more at larger organisations.  However they do have an extensive database of information on fundraising which is currently open to non-members.

Membership costs £195 per year for an organisation or £98 for basic individual membership, however, given that most of their courses happen in London, for most Yorkshire based organisations it won’t be worth joining.

Kirklees 4 Community

Kirklees 4 Community is a FREE online funding portal developed exclusively for local community and voluntary groups from the Kirklees area.

What can it do for me?
Helps your local organisation find funding opportunities to support a wide range of projects.
Search through a database containing hundreds of grants, awards and other forms of financial assistance, including those sourced from the EU, Government and charitable trusts.
Sign up and take advantage of a number of proactive features including tailored email alerts and weekly funding newsletters.

Access the online funding search tool 24/7 on the website.

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General

Environment Incident Reporting

Call the Environment Agency incident hotline to report:

  • damage or danger to the natural environment
  • pollution to water or land
  • poaching or illegal fishing
  • dead fish or fish gasping for air
  • watercourses blocked by a vehicle or fallen tree causing risk of flooding
  • flooding from main rivers or the sea
  • incidents at Environment Agency-regulated waste sites
  • illegal removals from watercourses
  • unusual changes in river flow
  • collapsed or badly damaged river or canal banks

Incident hotline
Telephone: 0800 80 70 60 
24-hour service

https://www.gov.uk/report-an-environmental-incident

Report an environmental incident – GOV.UK

Report waste crime

You can report waste crime anonymously to Crimestoppers, eg dumping large amounts of waste illegally.

Crimestoppers
Report crime online
Telephone: 0800 555 111
24-hour service

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The Guardian

The Guardian newspaper has a great Voluntary Sector online network which you can join for free.  This will enable you to take part in online forums with national and international experts, contribute to discussions and benefit from the knowledge of others.  The paper also publishes news from the sector.

If you are employing staff at a mid to high level then the Guardian is a good place to advertise charity jobs.

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Third Sector – online magazine

The Third Sector website has a wealth of useful information for the charity sector; from advertising jobs in the sector to being a “go to” website for current news on the sector.  It’s worth considering advertising here if you are looking to employ in the sector since many people subscribe to receive job updates.

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The Charity Commission

The Charity Commission is the independent regulator for charities in England and Wales. Its overall mission is to ensure that charities work effectively amongst society for the benefit of the public.  Their website has recently moved to be hosted by government.

This is where you will go to set up a charity and there is also a wealth of information on organisational structures, regulation and guidance for trustees.

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National Council for Voluntary Organisations

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has a huge bank of resources for the voluntary sector called KnowHow Nonprofit.  Organisations with an income of less than £30,000 are currently eligible for free membership of NCVO which will enable you to use their video training and trustee recruitment services.  Well worth joining up.

There is some training information available even without joining up at the KnowHow Nonprofit part of their site.

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Newsletter from Volunteering Kirklees

Sign up for a regular summary of news from around Kirklees for community organisations, including local funding opportunities, events and training as well as national news, tips and reports.

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Grants and Contracts

Tesco Bags of Help Grants now permanently open for Applications

Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme is now permanently open for applications and the criteria are now wider.

The main changes to the programme from 1st Dec 2016 are:

  • The programme will be ‘Always On’ and 3 x projects will be available for customers to vote upon each month.
  • The outcome of the programme is to support and promote community participation in the development and use of outdoor space which can now include revenue activities on the space as well as capital works.
  • There are no restrictions regarding match funding.
  • Applicants will be asked to apply for a minimum of £2,000 up to a maximum £5,000 and the winning project from the public vote will receive the full amount they have applied for (maximum £5,000).   The project that is placed 2nd will receive a maximum of £2,000 and the third will receive a maximum of £1,000

Jane Halladay from Groundwork North East & West Yorkshire is the contact for groups in Kirklees – contact her on 0113 238 0601 / 07827 878208 / email: jane.halladay@groundwork.org.uk

Projects can include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.  Projects that would typically receive funding include (but are not limited to):

  • Developing nature trail in a local park or nature reserve
  • Purchasing bee hives and seeding wildflower meadow on a community allotment
  • Providing forest school sessions in a primary school for 12 months
  • Developing a garden in a hospice, purchasing plants, benches and pergola
  • Supporting artist in residence to work with the community to develop an art trail.
  • Setting up a growing project for sheltered accommodation residents
  • Supporting a gardening project which helps local isolated residents form a gardening club
  • Supporting practical training for young people learning horticultural skills
  • Funding a series of summer events in a local park
  • Funding a programme of beach clean up events
  • Repainting swings and play equipment in a park
  • Supporting community run summer sports and leisure activities in parks.
  • Helping to set up Britain in Bloom local group, purchasing plants, planters, forks, spades and compost.
  • Developing a community garden or orchard
  • Supporting local football club with the purchase of nets, balls and coaching sessions for under 12’s

Following a public vote, three projects in each of the Tesco store cluster regions will receive a grant each month, with first place receiving up to £5K, second place up to £2K and third place up to £1K.

Apply by following the link below and the online eligibility checker and full application form etc. are then accessed via the ‘Community Groups’ tab:

On the Groundwork UK website you can find out more about the scheme

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Where to find available grants

There are a number of websites and newsletters which regularly post information on the availability and criteria for grants.  These include:

  1. Kirklees4Community is a FREE online funding portal developed exclusively for local community and voluntary groups from the Kirklees Area. Access the online funding search tool 24/7 on the website.
  2. Look at what is available from theOne Community Small Grants
  3. The Lottery– grants are available from various lottery bodies, this is the main Lottery funding finder.
  4. For some organisations there might be the possibility of funding from theEuropean Social Fund.  Generally they provide grants for big cross authority projects and require the organisations to have a very high level of governance and be able to prove that they have the processes in place to deal with grants of this type.
  5. Organisations working with young people under the age of 18 who are experiencing disadvantage might be able to apply toChildren in Need.
  6. Similarly, you might be eligible for grants fromComic Relief – they fund five types of projects in the UK, you can find their criteria on their website.
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Writing a Funding Application

There are lots of resources which will help you write a funding application.  Here are a few of the best:

  1. The Resource Centre article on Writing a Funding Application.
  2. Advice from KnowHow Nonprofit – NB their second point “Give the funder what they want” is the most fundamental tip.  Many applications fail to answer the questions asked and fail to tailor their project to what the funding is supposed to be for.  Your project needs to fit the criteria and if it doesn’t then there is rarely any point in applying.
  3. This is a great article from Third Sector on the top 10 funding application errors.

Newsletter from Volunteering Kirklees

Sign up for a regular summary of news from around Kirklees for community organisations, including local funding opportunities, events and training as well as national news, tips and reports.

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One Community Small Grants

OneCommunitySmall Grants Programmes next open April 2017

Voluntary and community groups operating in Kirklees can apply.  Some funds apply to specific areas.  More information available in April 2017

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Human Resources

General HR help from Pay and Employment Rights Service

The Pay and Employment Rights Service (PERS) is the “go to” organisation for support on HR and legal issues.  They currently charge from £225 per year for membership but this gives you free access to an advice line and lots of template for official forms.  It could well be worth joining up if you are just about to start an organisation or are employing your first staff.

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Free HR advice from the Cranfield Trust

Cranfield is a Business School and the Cranfield Trust offers free HR advice to members of its free network “HRNet”.

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The Guardian

The Guardian newspaper has a great Voluntary Sector online network which you can join for free.  This will enable you to take part in online forums with national and international experts, contribute to discussions and benefit from the knowledge of others.  The paper also publishes news from the sector.

If you are employing staff at a mid to high level then the Guardian is a good place to advertise charity jobs.

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Third Sector – online magazine

The Third Sector website has a wealth of useful information for the charity sector; from advertising jobs in the sector to being a “go to” website for current news on the sector.  It’s worth considering advertising here if you are looking to employ in the sector since many people subscribe to receive job updates.

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Kirklees Council

Kirklees Support For Natural Kirklees

Natural Kirklees was created in order to coordinate activities both;

  • between voluntary groups and;
  • between those groups and Kirklees Council

– to produce the best possible outcome for everyone in preserving and making best use of our physical and natural environment.

Recognising the value that voluntary groups bring to the community, Kirklees Council supports Natural Kirklees in many ways;

  • by taking an innovative approach to organisation questions;
  • by finding ways to give us access to council resources and capabilities that would not otherwise be available;
  • by recognising our voice as representing many local residents and working with us to achieve common goals;
  • and by contributing to our finances – recognising the real value that the work of voluntary groups contributes to the Kirklees environment.

We would like to recognise that the flexible approach taken by Kirklees is a frequently invisible and unsung resource supporting Natural Kirklees and the voluntary groups who are our members.

Kirklees Shares

Kirklees Shares is designed to help local organisations of all kinds to share resources, build connections and get things done.

The aim is to help good things happen between local businesses, community groups, charities and public sector organisations. Sign up for free and you can ask for help or let people know about any spare resources or skills that you are happy to offer.

It’s a simple formula: share what you have, get what you need.

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Kirklees Local Plan

The Kirklees Local Plan consultation shows all types of proposed designated green space, including Local Wildlife Sites, Local Geological Sites, the district Habitat Network, parks, allotments, etc. For more details or to comment on the Local Plan go to…..

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Stay Connected

Sign up for Kirklees Council’s Stay Connected to receive information on the things you care about. From what’s on bulletins, latest news and family life, to alerts on planning applications near your home, you pick what you’re interested in and receive an email alert.

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Marketing and Social Media

Writing a marketing Strategy

Your marketing strategy is a high level document which might cover a few years and your plan details how you will execute the strategy; it will generally be detailed and cover a shorter time period.  NB even some of the expert sites seem to get muddled by the terms strategy and plan and you will sometimes see a strategy referred to as a plan.  If you google “how to write a marketing strategy” you will find lots of articles and examples.  Here a couple of the best:

  1. A good overview of how to write a Marketing Strategy from Zoe Amar.
  2. For a more in depth view of writing a marketing strategy here a “7 Steps to creating your best marketing plan ever” – this is definitely an outline for a strategy document though, not a plan!

It’s great to have a strategy and a plan since these can really help guide you in what you should be saying, when you should be saying it and how you should be getting it out there.

 

Mailchimp – your main social media!

One of the most (if not the most) social media channels without doubt is your email.  Via email you have direct access to your supporters.  This should be one of the first things you set up when you start a charity if you are going to communicate at all on line.  There are other email management systems but Mailchimp is free for up to 2,000 subscribers and gives you lots of great functionality.

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Parks and Open Spaces

National Federation of Parks

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Love Parks

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Keep Britain Tidy

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Setting up and Governance

Setting up – choosing and organisational structure

There are a number of different organisational structures for not for profit organisations.  Here are two of the best resources on how each structure differs:

  1. The Charity Commission
  2. KnowHow NonProfit

Trustees

When you are appointing new trustees it is useful to let them know what the role entails.  Here are a few resources you might use:

  1. The Charity Commission information is pretty definitive on the role of a trustee.
  2. The Reach website also has good information.
  3. And finally a more prosaic summary from The Guardian.

The Charity Commission

The Charity Commission is the independent regulator for charities in England and Wales. Its overall mission is to ensure that charities work effectively amongst society for the benefit of the public.  Their website has recently moved to be hosted by government.

This is where you will go to set up a charity and there is also a wealth of information on organisational structures, regulation and guidance for trustees.

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Volunteering

Volunteering with Kirklees Councils “I’m In” initiative

Kirklees Council is currently (4/16) running a program called “I’m In” as part of the Cities of Service initiative.  Their website seems to point to Voluntary Action Kirklees and Do It but they are also running a couple of specific projects:

  • Out and About – tackling loneliness in our older population
  • MENtors – providing a positive influence and support for young men

If you have initiatives which might fit with these objectives it might be worth getting in touch with them.

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Find Volunteers on “Do It”

Do It is an established website which used to be managed by organisations like Voluntary Action Kirklees.  You can now join and post your volunteering and job opportunities yourself directly on the site.

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National Council for Voluntary Organisations

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has a huge bank of resources for the voluntary sector called KnowHow Nonprofit.  Organisations with an income of less than £30,000 are currently eligible for free membership of NCVO which will enable you to use their video training and trustee recruitment services.  Well worth joining up.

There is some training information available even without joining up at the KnowHow Nonprofit part of their site.

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Volunteering Kirklees

You can check our directory for a group or location that interests you, and make contact.  Alternatively, look for opportunities on the Volunteering Kirklees website.

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Newsletter from Volunteering Kirklees

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