Lending a helpful hand

Download fact sheets that can help you with various aspects of running a voluntary/community organisation. You can also download our annual reports.


Group Development Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet 1 Getting Your Group Started — (PDF, 231KB)

Fact Sheet 2 Who Can Be a Trustee — (PDF, 216KB)

Fact Sheet 3 Legal Structures — (PDF, 235KB)

Fact Sheet 4 Charitable Status — (PDF, 217KB)

Fact Sheet 5 Roles & Responsibilities — (PDF, 237KB)

Fact Sheet 6 Good Governance — (PDF, 241KB)

Fact Sheet 7 Policies and Procedures — (PDF, 234KB)

Fact Sheet 8 Financial Management — (PDF, 229KB)

Fact Sheet 9 Project Planning — (PDF, 243KB)

Fact Sheet 10 Fit for Funding — (PDF, 236KB)

Fact Sheet 11 Searching for Funding — (PDF, 233KB)

Fact Sheet 12 Monitoring and Evaluation — (PDF, 219KB)

Fact Sheet 13 Organising a Community Event — (PDF, 314KB)

Fact Sheet 14 Fundraising Strategy for Small Groups (PDF 244KB)

Fact Sheet 15 Writing to a Grant Making Trust (PDF 235KB)

Fact Sheet 16 Thirty questions to ask when thinking about setting up a new community group (PDF - 276KB)

Fact Sheet 17 Thirty tips to help your organisation get the most from social media (PDF - 330KB)

Fact Sheet 18 Thirty tips for finding and recruiting the best new trustees (PDF - 242KB)

Fact Sheet 19 Thirty things to think about when planning a community event (PDF - 285KB)

Fact Sheet 20 Thirty Ways to apply the ‘Seven Ps of Marketing’ to the voluntary and community sector (PDF - 247KB)

Fact Sheet 21 Thirty funding sources all community groups in Northumberland should know about (297KB)

Fact Sheet 22 The Charity Code of Governance (PDF - 211KB)

Fact Sheet 23 Using Zoom Meeting Facilities (PDF 149KB)

Fact Sheet 24 Business Continuity Management (PDF 145KB)

Factsheet 25 Twenty things to consider if you want your community response team to continue beyond COVID-19 (PDF 206KB)

Factsheet 26 Collaborations and Mergers (PDF 147KB)


Briefing Papers

Briefing Paper 1 Asset-based Community Development (PDF - 363KB)

Briefing Paper 2 Automatic Disqualification (PDF - 273KB)

Briefing Paper 3 GDPR: Legitimate Interest (PDF - 297KB)

Briefing Paper 4 Tax Efficient Giving (PDF - 260KB)


Community Development Resources

Participatory Appraisal Toolkit - (PDF, 954KB) 

Community Engagement Made Simple - (PDF, 268KB)


Demographic Data

Volunteering Fact Sheets

Volunteer Health Check - (Word, 89kb)

Fact Sheet 1 Planning for Volunteer Involvement – (PDF, 231KB)

Fact Sheet 2 Creating a Volunteer Policy – (PDF, 205KB)

Fact Sheet 3 Policies and Procedures – (PDF, 224KB)

Fact Sheet 4 Equality & Diversity – (PDF, 215KB)

Fact Sheet 5 Health & Safety – (PDF, 236KB)

Fact Sheet 6 Insurance – (PDF, 153KB)

Fact Sheet 7 Safeguarding – (PDF, 116KB)

Fact Sheet 8 Volunteer Recruitment – (PDF, 315KB)

Fact Sheet 9 Volunteer Induction – (PDF, 156KB)

Fact Sheet 10 Data Protection – (PDF, 192KB)

Fact Sheet 11 Volunteer Expenses – (PDF, 352KB)

Fact Sheet 12 Thirty ways to find great volunteers, and keep them - (PDF - 265KB)


Volunteer Connect Information

Finding Volunteers Using Volunteer Connect (presentation slides) (410KB)

Effective Adverts for Volunteer Connect - (PDF 315KB)

Guidance on Registering, Adding and Reviewing Opportunities - (PDF 282KB)

Guidance for Completing Opportunity Template - (PDF 167KB)

Volunteer Opportunity Template - (Word 66KB)


Other Volunteering Resources

Checklist Volunteer Induction – (Word, 41KB)

Form Volunteer Role Description – (Word, 17KB)

Sample Form Volunteer Application – (Word, 34KB)

Sample Form Volunteer Supervision – (Word, 28KB)

Sample Form Annual Volunteer Review – (Word, 42KB)

Sample Form Volunteer Expenses Claim – (Excel, 12KB)

Sample Confidentiality Agreement– (Word, 15KB)

Model Problem Solving Procedure – (Word, 32KB)

Model Volunteer Agreement - (Word, 17KB)

Model Volunteer Policy - (Word, 40KB)

Model Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form - (Word, 26KB)

Model Equality & Diversity Commitments to Volunteers Statement (Word, 16KB)

Sample Volunteer Personal Safety and Lone Working – Policy, procedure and guidance - (PDF, 554KB)

Annual Reports









Four Corners - Issue 1, July 2018 - (PDF, 1.2MB)

Four Corners - Issue 2, May 2019 - (PDF, 1.3MB)

Four Corners - Issue 3, July 2019 - (PDF - 994KB)

Four Corners - Issue 4, April 2020 - (PDF - 2.5MB

Four Corners - Issue 5, August 2020 - (PDF - 837KB)