When running a community group there are many issues to consider; money, publicity, volunteers and more. To help you run your community group effectively we have created this page. Below is a substantial list of contacts and information, across a range of subjects, for local community groups

Money and resources

Information on funding available from Kirklees Council can be found on the grants page

Other funding information

Kirklees Council funding is limited, however there are other funders that could support your project. You can search for funding from local and national sources; government and trusts at Kirklees4funding

Funding Central - Search for funding plus information on all aspects of raising money

Institute of Fundraising - Information on all sorts of ways to raise funds

Information and support for businesses of all sizes Kirklees Business Hub

Compare online fundraising sites at Money Saving Expert

The government sometimes has money to match donations at Local Giving

Support in kind

Maybe you could get what you need by sharing, and not need as much money. Comoodle wants to create a culture of sharing in Kirklees. Comoodle helps you lend and borrow stuff, space and skills within your community.

People advertise unwanted items for free on Gumtree and Freecycle

Various donated goods from shampoo to sportswear available on In Kind Direct

For surplus food from shops try fareshare

Free office furniture can be found on Over 2 Hills

Running your organisation

Running a successful community group means thinking about your constitution (rules for making decisions), managing your money and policies about how you operate.

Health and Safety - The Health and Safety Executive has lots of useful guides and resources including a simple policy and risk assessment template

Run a club is an online group management system. If you are interested in a free trial contact funding@kirklees.gov.uk

Charity Commission If you income is over £5000 per year and you are established for charitable purposes then you should register with the Charity Commission. Their website has templates for constitutions for small and large organisations, advice for trustees and more. The advice on issues like finance, risk and safeguarding is useful for any organisation.

Model constitution for a small organisation not intending to employ people or own property

WYCAS (West Yorks Community Accountancy Service) offers financial management training and accountancy services for community groups

Advising Communities Provide a range of advice and support especially for community associations & centres but relevant to others, including telephone advice line

Running a sports club , One stop access to a range of resources

Small Charities Coalition has lots of useful resources and links to sources of free support on law, IT, marketing and more

NCVO is a national 3rd sector support organisation. Membership is free to groups with income below £30,000. Home of knowhownonprofit lots of resources on all aspects of running a not for profit organisation

Creative Kirklees has resources for creative groups and events

Your local councillors can provide signposting and support

Working with volunteers

Volunteering Kirklees advise on involving volunteers in your work

do-it Allows you to advertise your volunteering opportunities

Publicise your group and activities

Community Directory - publicise your group and its events and activities on the Kirklees Council website

Creative Kirklees a directory of news and events listing for creative activities

Safeguarding

If you work with children or vulnerable adults you should consider what you need to do to ensure that they are safe from abuse and neglect, and how to report any concerns. For information and advice, including free training, see Safeguarding Adults /Safeguarding Children

There is a guide to safeguarding for Kirklees third sector groups, covering children and adults.

DBS (criminal record) checks, if you need these then Kirklees Council can process the application for a fee. please contact DBS@kirklees.gov.uk

Training

CLIK is a searchable database of adult learning courses in Kirklees