Setting Up a Group – Resources & Templates

Setting Up a Group – Step by Step Guide below takes you through all the steps you need to take when setting up a community group or charity. This is from conception through to being ready to put in funding bids. If you would like any support in setting up your group and talking through the different legal structures, please do not hesitate to contact your local VCS here.

Legal Structures

Get Legal – Decision Tool Link

Registering As A Charity through the Charity Commission

Charity Commission – Registering A Charity Link

Trustees Roles and Responsibilities

Essential Trustee Guide Link

Charity Governance Code Link


You can also find more information and the above templates via the Charity Commission website

Bank Account & Insurances

Policies and Procedures

Please note the following policy templates are being provided as an aid for voluntary and community groups and charities to adapt and use for their own situations and services. Voluntary Centre Services take no responsibility of how these policy templates are used and advise all groups and charities to write their own policies and procedures to suit their own organisation and sector they are working in. We also advise that organisations also seek professional and legal help in writing their policies and procedures. Thanks goes to Voluntary Action Islington for providing these templates.

Business Planning

DBS Checks

You can find more information on DBS Checks by going to our dedicated DBS Page here:

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