If there aren’t, and you are interested in setting up a new voluntary or community organisation, you’ll need to be able to answer two key questions:
You will need a committee who will share the responsibility of running the organisation, so this is a good time to involve more people. Brighter Futures Together have a toolkit that could help you.
We will use the Legal Structures Chart to show you the different types of organisation that you could choose from, together with the main characteristics of each form. You can also find out more about which structures could suit you by using the Bates Wells Braithwaite Decision Tool.
Once you’ve decided on a legal structure, your organisation will need to adopt a written set of rules, also known as a governing document or constitution. It will outline how you all agree to work together, covering areas like management committees, finances and general meetings. CVS can help you to create a governing document for your group ensuring that it reflects what you aim to do and how you want to work towards it, as well as giving you flexibility for the future. We can also help through the process of registering a charity or forming a Community Interest Company. We also have a specific social enterprise section.
You may also find attending one of our Fit for Funding Workshops very useful when you are considering setting up a new organisation.