Lending a helpful hand

Download fact sheets that can help you with various aspects of running a voluntary/community organisation. You can also download our annual reports.


Group Development Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet 1 Getting Your Group Started — (PDF, 231KB)

Fact Sheet 2 Who Can Be a Trustee — (PDF, 216KB)

Fact Sheet 3 Legal Structures — (PDF, 235KB)

Fact Sheet 4 Charitable Status — (PDF, 217KB)

Fact Sheet 5 Roles & Responsibilities — (PDF, 237KB)

Fact Sheet 6 Good Governance — (PDF, 241KB)

Fact Sheet 7 Policies and Procedures — (PDF, 234KB)

Fact Sheet 8 Financial Management — (PDF, 229KB)

Fact Sheet 9 Project Planning — (PDF, 243KB)

Fact Sheet 10 Fit for Funding — (PDF, 236KB)

Fact Sheet 11 Searching for Funding — (PDF, 233KB)

Fact Sheet 12 Monitoring and Evaluation — (PDF, 219KB)

Fact Sheet 13 Organising a Community Event — (PDF, 314KB)

Fact Sheet 14 Fundraising Strategy for Small Groups (PDF 244KB)

Fact Sheet 15 Writing to a Grant Making Trust (PDF 235KB)

Fact Sheet 16 Thirty questions to ask when thinking about setting up a new community group (PDF - 276KB)

Fact Sheet 17 Thirty tips to help your organisation get the most from social media (PDF - 330KB)

Fact Sheet 18 Thirty tips for finding and recruiting the best new trustees (PDF - 242KB)

Fact Sheet 19 Thirty things to think about when planning a community event (PDF - 285KB)

Fact Sheet 20 Thirty Ways to apply the ‘Seven Ps of Marketing’ to the voluntary and community sector (PDF - 247KB)

Fact Sheet 21 Thirty funding sources all community groups in Northumberland should know about (297KB)

Fact Sheet 22 The Charity Code of Governance (PDF - 211)


Briefing Papers

Briefing Paper 1 Asset-based Community Development (PDF - 363KB)

Briefing Paper 2 Automatic Disqualification (PDF - 273KB)

Briefing Paper 3 GDPR: Legitimate Interest (PDF - 297KB)

Briefing Paper 4 Tax Efficient Giving (PDF - 260KB)


Community Development Resources

Participatory Appraisal Toolkit - (PDF, 954KB) 

Community Engagement Made Simple - (PDF, 268KB)


Demographic Data

Volunteering Fact Sheets

Volunteer Health Check - (Word, 89kb)

Fact Sheet 1 Planning for Volunteer Involvement – (PDF, 231KB)

Fact Sheet 2 Creating a Volunteer Policy – (PDF, 205KB)

Fact Sheet 3 Policies and Procedures – (PDF, 224KB)

Fact Sheet 4 Equality & Diversity – (PDF, 215KB)

Fact Sheet 5 Health & Safety – (PDF, 236KB)

Fact Sheet 6 Insurance – (PDF, 153KB)

Fact Sheet 7 Safeguarding – (PDF, 116KB)

Fact Sheet 8 Volunteer Recruitment – (PDF, 315KB)

Fact Sheet 9 Volunteer Induction – (PDF, 156KB)

Fact Sheet 10 Data Protection – (PDF, 192KB)

Fact Sheet 11 Volunteer Expenses – (PDF, 352KB)

Fact Sheet 12 Thirty ways to find great volunteers, and keep them - (PDF - 265KB)


Volunteer Connect Information

Finding Volunteers Using Volunteer Connect (presentation slides) (410KB)

Effective Adverts for Volunteer Connect - (PDF 315KB)

Guidance on Registering, Adding and Reviewing Opportunities - (PDF 282KB)

Guidance for Completing Opportunity Template - (PDF 167KB)

Volunteer Opportunity Template - (Word 66KB)


Other Volunteering Resources

Checklist Volunteer Induction – (Word, 41KB)

Form Volunteer Role Description – (Word, 17KB)

Sample Form Volunteer Application – (Word, 34KB)

Sample Form Volunteer Supervision – (Word, 28KB)

Sample Form Annual Volunteer Review – (Word, 42KB)

Sample Form Volunteer Expenses Claim – (Excel, 12KB)

Sample Confidentiality Agreement– (Word, 15KB)

Model Problem Solving Procedure – (Word, 32KB)

Model Volunteer Agreement - (Word, 17KB)

Model Volunteer Policy - (Word, 40KB)

Model Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form - (Word, 26KB)

Model Equality & Diversity Commitments to Volunteers Statement (Word, 16KB)

Sample Volunteer Personal Safety and Lone Working – Policy, procedure and guidance - (PDF, 554KB)

Annual Reports









Four Corners - Issue 1, July 2018 - (PDF, 1.2MB)

Four Corners - Issue 2, May 2019 - (PDF, 1.3MB)

Four Corners - Issue 3, July 2019 - (PDF - 994KB)

Four Corners - Issue 4, April 2020 - (PDF - 2.5MB