Starting a group

There are many reasons for wanting to set up a new group or charity, it might be; to tackle a local issue, campaign for the rights of disadvantaged people, to provide support to people with a medical condition or in memory of someone special that has died.  Whatever the reason VAC can help you to develop your group.

We always advise anyone wishing to set up a new group to take a look at the charities and groups that are working in the area, sometimes there may already be an organisation offering a similar service or campaigning on similar issues which you may decide to join instead of setting up a new group.  We can help identify existing groups and put you intouch with them.

If you still want to go ahead and start a new group there are plenty of things to consider and we can help you through the process. One of the key things to think about is the governance of your group, how will decisions be made, who will be responsible for raising and managing funds and who will be accountable if any thing goes wrong.

There are a number of websites that you can access for further information about setting up a new group:

The Charity Commission: They register and regulate charities in England and Wales, to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence. 


Community Matters: Community Matters is the national membership and support organisation for the community sector.


 NCVO: NCVO champions the voluntary sector and volunteering. They connect, represent and support voluntary organisations