All community organisations are run by a group of people – sometimes they are an elected management committee, sometimes it’s just the people who turn up to every meeting. If you take the time to work out who is responsible for what, and how you are going to make decisions within your group, it can save you a lot of trouble. This section contains information to help people take on specific roles within a committee, and also to help committees as a whole work effectively.

Budgets for community groups

A small groups’ guide to preparing and using budgets

Chairing a meeting

This information sheet looks at what chairing a meeting involves, and how to do it. There are some useful tips and advice to help improve and develop your chairing skills.

Charity reporting and accounts

This guide summarises the requirement for charities to produce accounts, reports and returns each year.

Health and safety for community groups

An introduction to health and safety for community groups run by volunteers.

Responsibilities of registered charities

A short summary of the responsibilities of registered non-company charities with income under £250,000.

Responsibilities of the Management Committee

A guide to the key responsibilities of an organisation’s management committee, trustees or other governing body.

Roles of Officers

This information sheet provides some guidance to the jobs generally taken on by the ChairSecretary and Treasurer. This information is also available in Arabic.

Taking Minutes

Quick and easy guide to taking minutes

The Secretary’s role

A quick overview of the main roles of officers, and a more detailed explanation of the role of the Secretary.

Treasurer’s role

A step-by-step guide on how to be the treasurer for a community group. Includes basic principles of managing money, keeping track of cash and bank accounts, and sharing information with the rest of your group.

Your group’s money

Information and tips to help your whole committee take responsibility for looking after your group’s money.

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