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Governance and Trustees


Your charity’s Governing Document or constitution needs checking approximately every five years and SKC can help you review your existing articles of association


Charity Governance Code

Visit the Charity Governance Code to see the seven hallmarks of a good charity


Small Charities Coalition

Support small charities to access the skills, tools and information they need to get going, and do what they do best. Resources include:

Setting up a charity

Choosing the Governing Document that’s right for you



Have a huge array of Governance and Trustee resources including their know.how guides

Trustee Bank


The Charity Commission

The Essential Trustee-what you need to know

Finding new trustees guidance



Trustee finder


the FSI

Have a Governance resources page with links to handy guides on external sites and videos from their own Essential Trustee Series to refresh the knowledge of existing trustees and/or as an introduction to new trustees


Charity Excellence Framework (CEF)

The CEF online toolkit enables any charity trustee board to easily assess every aspect of governance, against the charity governance code. Simply login and start using it

The CEF online toolkit

The Chartered Governance Institute

Have published a COVID-19 update for charities on the easing of lockdown Easing of Lockdown


The Association of Chairs

Are a membership organisation supporting Chairs and Vice Chairs of charities and social enterprises. They help people to lead good governance and run an effective trustee board.
They published a handy guide of top tips for chairs of smaller charities for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips


Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR)

Offer leaders of smaller voluntary organisations online peer support sessions during this prolonged period of stress and uncertainty

Coronavirus Support Offer


The Resource Hub 

Have lots of simple resources on setting up not-for-profit groups from community groups through to charities, including the necessary governance documents, constitutions and legal structures

Starting a Community Group


Third Sector Protect

Have a handy blog post on what’s involved in setting up a community group



Have lots of resources for community groups, including Governance and Legal Structures


Power to Change

Have links to resources for starting a community business



Resources for setting up a social enterprise

Setting up a Social Enterprise

Model Community Interest Company (CIC) constitutions, memorandums of association and articles of association


CIC Association

Setting up a Community Interest Company


Social Enterprise Kent 

Support a huge range of new and existing social enterprises through support capacity building programmes

Social Enterprise Kent


Plunkett Foundation

Have lots of early stage resources for community businesses



Have lots of free resources to support social enterprises including legal help guides and is social enterprise the right model?