Starting a new group

If you are starting a new group, there is so much to think about you may feel you're sinking. But spending valuable time getting the right structures and processes in place will make life much easier in the long run. Here's some help to get started.

WEBSITE - The Charity Commission

Models, templates and guidance for constitutions, articles of association and trust deeds for a new charity or charitable trust

www.gov.uk/government/publications/setting-up-a-charity-model-governing-documents


Charity Registration (The Brighton Resource Centre)

This information sheet aims to give some guidance as to whether your group should register as a charity. It is intended mainly for smaller community groups although the information is equally relevant to larger organisations in the voluntary sector.

www.resourcecentre.org.uk/information/charity-registration


Charity Registration (The Charity Commission)

A full guide on how to register with the Charity Commission as a charity. Your structure will determine how and when you should register.

www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-register-your-charity-cc21b


Determining the right legal structure for social enterprises (UnLtd)

This guide by UnLtd explores the typical legal structures that are used in the social enterprise sector, the core advantages and disadvantages of the respective structures, and the key issues for consideration when deciding on the right legal structure for your organisation.

https://www.unltd.org.uk/our-support/learning-area/determining-the-right-legal-structure-for-your-social-enterprise


Full Guide: Get Legal: Choosing a legal structure, (Devon Voluntary Action)

Easy to follow guide and explanation of organisations and structures to choose from includes advice, information and specific links.

Get-Legal-Full-Guide.pdf (390 KB)


Involving people in your group (The Brighton Resource Centre)

How do you get lots of people along to your meetings and events? How do you make sure that more than a handful of you are doing the bulk of the work? These are difficult questions for every group, and there are no quick fixes or easy answers.

Involving-people.pdf (105 KB)


Legal Structures (The Brighton Resource Centre)

Finding a legal structure to suit your group. This guidance looks at legal structures suitable for community organisations, ranging from small neighbourhood groups run by local people to
larger voluntary agencies with staff.

legal-structures.pdf (138 KB)


Not for profit organisations (The Brighton Resource Centre)

A brief guide to legal structures for not-for-profit organisations

not4prof.pdf (134 KB)


Quick Guide: Get Legal: Choosing a legal structure (Devon Voluntary Action)

Brief bullet pointed overview of different legal structures with links.

Get-Legal-Quick-Guide.pdf (364 KB)


How to start a community growing group

Social Farms and Gardens have gather vital information in their Resources Section to help get a community garden, allotment started. 

They have divided resources up into broad categories, including getting started  and governance plus some useful information around the health and safety elements. 

www.farmgarden.org.uk/resources


Setting up a community allotment

The Wigan Growing Network provides a range of useful resources to help you get going, get your allotment group off the ground and answer some of those initial questions.  They even helpfully provide a sample constitution. 

www.wigangrowingnetwork.org.uk/get-involved/info-sheets/setting-up-a-community-allotment


Starting a friends of group

Establishing a friends of a park group  is a way you can make a real difference, not just to the quality of your own life, but also for your family, your friends and your neighbours. It is very rewarding to see a precious green space giving a focus to community spirit and activity, used well and enjoyed.

Produced by Green Space & Cabe Space this comprehensive toolkit helps people wanting to start or develop a community group aimed at improving local green spaces. It shows the benefits and mutual support that can be achieved by working closely in partnership with the local council.

Making-a-Difference-full.pdf (7.3 MB)