We have developed a range of helpful information sheets to guide you through everything from starting a new organisation to registering as a charity; finding funding to budgeting; community interest companies to roles of management committee members. These sheets have been specially written for voluntary and community groups and are intended to be a introduction to key topics. We hope you will find them useful.

If you need help about any of the issues raised in the information sheets from other organisations, don't forget to get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Setting up and types of organisations
  • CIO (charitable incorporated organisation) PDF  
  • CIC (community interest company)  PDF
  • Changing company articles PDF 
  • Creating a charitable company PDF
  • Incorporating an existing charity to a charitable company PDF
  • Incorporating an existing charity to a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) PDF
  • Registering as a charity  PDF
  • Starting a new voluntary or community organisation  PDF
  • Sources of support and advice for businesses and companies  PDF  |  Plain text
  • Recruiting committee members and trustees  PDF  |  Plain text
  • Role description for management committee members  PDF  |  Plain text
  • Role description for trustees  PDF  |  Plain text
  • Role description for trustees (in plain English)  PDF  |  Plain text
  • Your role as a management committee member  PDF  |  Plain text
Running your organisation
Funding and sustainability
  • Are you ready to fundraise? PDF
  • Are you ready to tender for a contract (A guide to the basics) PDF
  • Business planning PDF  
  • Funding budgets explained PDF  |  Plain text
  • Funding sources - pros and cons PDF
  • How to fundraise from trusts and foundations PDF
  • How to prepare a budget PDF  |  Plain text
  • Improving your resilience PDF
  • Key funder likes and dislikes PDF
  • Newcastle CVS role in handling funds PDF  |  Plain text
  • Writing effective funnding applications PDF
Closing down
  • Closing a charitable company  PDF
  • Closing a registered charity  PDF
  • Closing a voluntary or community organisation  PDF

Contact us

Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AF

Tel:      0191 232 7445
Fax:     0191 230 5640
Email: information@cvsnewcastle.org.uk