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Setting up

Learn how to start a new voluntary & community sector group.

3VA Essential Guide: Forming a Group or Starting a Project

Got a good idea? Want to help your community? Not quite sure how to get your idea off the ground? Learn more about forming a community group or starting a project, including:

  • creating a team
  • clarity of mission and purpose
  • aims and objectives
  • action plans
  • choosing a structure
  • essential policies


3VA Essential Guide: Advice for groups with an income under £5,000

Important advice for small voluntary & community groups, including:

  • defining a charity that is too small to register
  • proving legitimacy to funders and donors without a registration number
  • registering with HMRC for tax purposes
  • opening a bank account if a charity is not registered


Set up a charity: step by step

Find out from the Charity Commission what you need to do to set up a charity in England and Wales.

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How to decide whether to start a charity

With over 160,000 charities registered, and thousands of smaller community groups and local projects across the UK, it’s a good idea to think carefully before deciding to set up a new charity. This NCVO guide can help.

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