Other useful organisations and websites

Signposting for voluntary and community organisations

You can download a document 'Signposting for voluntary and community organisations' as a Word document here. or as a pdf here

Helpful information

Rushcliffe CVS works in partnership with other local organisations which provide information, guidance and support for the community and voluntary sector in Nottinghamshire. 

Below is a summary of the services they provide and a link to their website. 

Community Accounting Plus http://www.caplus.org.uk/
Offers support to groups including: Financial Training (managing your finances), Preparation and Independent Examination of Accounts, Bookkeeping. 
For small groups they offer free accounts templates that you can download and use; and free guidance notes on governance issues, and some basic guidance on employment issues.

Self Help Connect Nottingham http://www.selfhelp.org.uk/
Self Help Nottingham supports and promotes self-help groups. Its services include information about local self-help groups and self-help development agencies in the UK and national single issue organisations, Annual Directory of Self Help Groups, training and development support for groups and practical services for self-help groups such as mail box and redirection, use of meeting rooms, desk top publishing, photocopying and newsletters. 

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
You can search for an 'umbrella body' to complete checks on your behalf at https://www.gov.uk/find-dbs-umbrella-body
Nottinghamshire County Council also offers a DBS checking service. For groups in receipt of grant-aid funding, the service is free; for groups not in receipt of grant aid, there is a £10 administration fee. If any organisation wishes to use the NCC DBS service, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enable http://www.enable.uk.net/
Enable is the Voluntary and Community Sector Learning and Skills Consortium serving the East Midlands. They enable the Voluntary and Community Sector to support the sustainable economic development of their communities through services that address local learning, skills and employment needs.

Other local support and development organisations in Nottinghamshire:   

Ashfield Voluntary Action: www.ashfieldvoluntaryaction.org.uk

Voluntary Action Broxtowe www.vabroxtowe.org.uk 

Gedling Community and Voluntary Services www.gedlingcvs.org.uk

Newark and Sherwood Community and Voluntary Service www.nandscvs.org

Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service www.nottinghamcvs.co.uk

Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire (RCAN) www.rcan.org.uk

Useful websites 

A range of national organisations provide a diversity of information and advice including legal structures, charity law, funding and financial management, recruiting and managing volunteers, trustee roles and responsibilities.

The Charity Commission www.charitycommission.gov.uk 

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) http://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/ 

National Association for Voluntary and Community Action http://navca.org.uk/ 

Funding Central http://www.fundingcentral.org.uk/Default.aspx 

Volunteering England http://www.volunteering.org.uk/ 

See also our Funding page here