Information and Support

Downloadable Information Packs

Below are downloadable resources for the voluntary sector covering a range of topics. These will be continuously updated so keep popping back to find new packs for download. If you feel there are missing topics or wish to gain some extra support, get in touch with the Communities 1st Team.




An introduction to Safeguarding including the principles of safeguarding, the DBS process and reporting safeguarding concerns.  



A simple guide to budgeting including creating a budget and what to include. 



A basic guide focusing on sourcing funding opportunities, writing applications/bids and the general funding process.


Risk Assessments

A pack that covers multiple topics around risk including identifying, assessing and mitigating risks.


Charity Funding

A simple pack that covers the basics around funding including some tips for kickstarting your fundraising journey.


Equality and Diversity

This pack covers equality and diversity including protected characteristics, discrimination and the law. 


Social Media

A simple guide that covers the basics around social media including understanding the different apps and social media sites and how best to engage with them.


How to Set up a Charity

A simple one page step-by-step guide to setting up a charity


Charitable Purposes

A guide around Charitable Purposes (the reason a charity has been set up and what its activities are that work towards achieving that).


Setting Up a Charity Bank Account

A one-page guide to setting up a charity bank account.


Data Protection

A 101 guide to data protection including an introduction to the Data Protection Act 2018, GDPR guidelines and Privacy Notices.



A 101 guide to all things volunteering including recruiting volunteers, conducting volunteer interviews and inductions. 


Monitoring and Evaluating

A guide to support with the monitoring and evaluating of your organisation’s services including understanding the importance of monitoring and evaluating and how to do it effectively. 





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