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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

 

NCVO

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

 

Do-it

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.
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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

 

Locality

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

 

Power to Change

Have links to resources for starting a community business

 

GOV.UK

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

 

UnLtd

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