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Help for Charities and Community Organisations


It is not always funding that Charities need, sometimes there are operational challenges and sometime a bit of help is needed to get the biggest bang for your buck.


Community First has specialist advisors who can assist with your challenges. They are unlikely to be able to just come up with the solution at once but can help to guide your thinking, can share their experience and expertise and may be able to signpost you to other sources of help. To look at their website click here.

Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise and Co-operative Sector – Development and Funding Advice:If your organisation would benefit from exploring emerging opportunities, or is facing financial challenges and you would like to work through your options, please contact:  Nick Comley, Community First’s Development Manager – Community Enterprise - nickc@comfirst.org.uk 

Village Hall and Community Buildings Sustainability and Funding Advice:If your village hall or community building would benefit from advice on sustainability and available funding at this time, please contact:Richard Timney, Community First’s, Community Buildings and Funding Advisor - richardt@comfirst.org.uk

The Chamber of Commerce offers a range of support for business related issues. To find out more click here.

Government advice is updated on a regular basis and contains some real nuggets as well as the usual statements. To look at what they are saying click here.

Here2Help is the great County Council site that has a wealth of information, not just about charities and is a good resource particularly if you need to signpost individuals. Click here

How to write bids - here is a nice set of slides that walk you through some of the essential points. We can't promise that it will always deliver success but if you are new to bid writing it is a handy resource. Click here
You can also look at WCFs Top Tips Click Here

Background data on Covid 19 is available from New Philanthropy Capital, an excellent and reliable organisation. This contains some useful analysis and a comprehensive data set on the demography of the pandemic. Click here

Fraud and Cyber Crime seem to be on the increase exploiting the Covid-19 situation and associated uncertainty. Lets not see any Worcestershire charities getting ripped off. There is some good advice click here.

Take Care how you spend Covid money!  The Charity Commission's most recent publication warns charities about making certain that restricted funds are only spent on their designated purpose and that all activities fall within the area of benefit. Whist you can't fault them on the fact that they are correct in this, it does seem to me to fall into the ongoing series of pronouncements that erode confidence. Wouldn't it be nice, for a change, for Baroness Stowell to issue a statement praising the fantastic work being done! For details click here.

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