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.

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Setting up and types of organisations
  • CIO (charitable incorporated organisation) Download  
  • CIC (community interest company) Download
  • Changing company articles Download 
  • Creating a charitable company Download
  • Incorporating an existing charity to a charitable company Download
  • Incorporating an existing charity to a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) Download
  • Registering as a charity Download
  • Starting a new voluntary or community organisation Download
  • Sources of support and advice for businesses and companies Download
  • Recruiting committee members and trustees Download
  • Role description for management committee members Download
  • Role description for trustees Download
  • Your role as a management committee member Download
Running your organisation
  • Accounting for charities Download  
  • A-Z of running a group or organisation Download
  • Choosing and using a bank for VCOs Download
  • DBS checks (formerly CRB checks) Download
  • Insurance for VCSE organisations Download
  • AGM (Annual General Meeting) Download
  • Safeguarding adults Download
  • Safeguarding children and young people Download
  • Working in partnership Download
Funding and sustainability
  • Are you ready to fundraise? Download
  • Are you ready to tender for a contract (A guide to the basics) Download
  • Business planning Download
  • Funding sources - pros and cons Download
  • How to fundraise from trusts and foundations Download
  • How to prepare a budget Download
  • Improving your resilience Download
  • Key funder likes and dislikes Download
  • Newcastle CVS role in handling funds Download
  • Writing effective funding applications Download
Closing down
  • Closing a charitable company Download
  • Closing a registered charity Download
  • Closing a voluntary or community organisation Download
  • More Newcastle CVS safeguarding information sheets Download
  • Meeting rooms in Newcastle Download
  • Foodbanks in Newcastle Download
  • Copyright a basic guide Download
  • Directories of services and activities in Newcastle Download
  • NHS structures, changes, STP and integration Download