Resource Library: Starting Up

CAVA has developed and gathered a wide range of online resources and downloadable documents to support and assist voluntary and community organisations. 

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Groups & Organisations Volunteering Safeguarding
Business Planning (1) Commissioning & Procurement (1) Consortium & Partnerships (1)
Financial Management (7) Funding & Income Generation (10) Risk & Insurance (3)
Policies and Procedures (3) Regulations & Legislation (2) Safeguarding
Starting Up (5) Trustees & Governance (9) Useful links
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Starting Up

 Charity types: how to choose a structure (Web link)
 Decide whether to set up a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), a charitable company
 or an unincorporated association or trust.


 How to write your charity's governing document (Web link)
 How to set out your charity's purposes and rules in its governing document, how to start using it
 and how to change it.


 How to set up a charity (Web link)
Find out what it means to be a charity and what to do if setting up a charity is the right option for you.


 How to make changes to your charity’s governing document (Web link)
How to change your charity’s governing document, including when to involve the Charity Commission.


 Village halls: answers to some common questions (Web link)
 Charity Commission guidance on running a village hall.


 How to write a brilliant press release​ (Web link)
 Your press release is just one of hundreds received by journalists every day. Give yourself the best possible chance of getting your news out by following these 10 tips.

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