Advice and resources

VAL is here to support VCSE organisations with anything from starting up a new group to securing large bids, collaborating with other organisations or effective governance.

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  • Setting up a new charity or non-profit group

    Starting a charity or community group is a fantastic way to change your community for the better. This section will give you the tools and knowledge you need to get started.

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  • Funding and income

    Your group's success depends on winning the funds you need to deliver your valuable service. This section will help you identify and secure sustainable income.

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  • Involving volunteers

    Whether you need a few volunteers for an event or permanent additions to your organisation, we can help you recruit and retain volunteers.

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  • Management and governance

    It's important to understand the rules and regulations that affect your managers and trustees. We can help you to manage your organisation effectively.

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  • Social enterprises

    Learn more about social enterprises and how you can utilise trading to increase your charity's revenue as well as its impact on the local community.

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Get Face to Face Advice

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Our team offers free, confidential, one to one advice and support to help voluntary and community groups of all shapes and sizes thrive.

There are lots of ways to access our support:

    • Events, like Future Focus or our Funding Fairs, run throughout the year
    • Attending our Network and Learn sessions
    • Contacting us directly

Get in touch

You can contact our Voluntary Sector Support Team directly if you have a specific question or support need for your organisation.

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