1. Getting started
1.1 First steps – from idea to action
Setting up a new organisation can be enjoyable and can give you a lot of satisfaction. It takes energy, enthusiasm and hard work and sometimes a god deal of patience to make a success of a new organisation. This information sheet will help you if you are starting an organisation, suggesting points to think about right at the start and tells you how to find out more.
First steps - from idea to action
Y camau cyntaf - o syniadau i weithredu
1.2 Involving the community
Involving your community in your project or organisation is normally seen as quite an important aspect particularly if the organisation relies on the community’s support to succeed.
Involving the community
Cynnwys y gymuned
1.3 Involving service users
The value and capacity of service users as key decision makers in their voluntary organisation and informing how it can most effectively deliver its services is increasingly recognised as a way to increase accountability.
Involving service users
Cynnwys defnyddwyr gwasanaeth
1.4 Planning your work
Once your group is going, it is time to draw up a simple work plan. This is sometimes called a business plan or a strategic plan. This will tell your members, supporters and other interested people, what you are doing, why, and how you will go about it. You may need a plan if you are applying for funding.
Planning your work
Cynllunio eich gwaith
1.5 Choosing legal structures
Your legal status is the way your organisation is defined in law, based on the way it is set up and the rules and regulations that govern it. All organisations have some kind of legal status whether they’re aware of it or not, if there is an underlying intention to create a legal relationship (even if they do not have a written governing document).
Choosing legal structures
Dewis strwythurau cyfreithiol
1.6 Charitable status
The Charities Act 2006 defines a charity as an organisation that exists for exclusively charitable purposes and is for the public benefit. A charity is required by law to register with the Charity Commission if it has an annual income of £5,000 or more. Small charities below this threshold are not required to register. Just because a small charity isn’t registered, doesn’t make it any less of a charity, it still has to abide by general charity law and falls under the jurisdiction of the Charity Commission.
1.7 Where to go for help
County voluntary councils’ (CVCs) key role is to provide advice and information to local voluntary organisations on any issue that may affect them. They support voluntary action by supporting volunteering, advising on good practice, providing information on funding sources along with a myriad of other issues. In addition, they represent the third sector (charities, voluntary group, social enterprise and community groups) on cross-sector partnerships. Groups can also become members of their local CVC.
Where to go for help
Lle i fynd am gymorth
1.8 Model constitution for setting up a small charity
This constitution is specifically designed for charities which expect to stay small, and have an annual income under £5,000. It is not meant for charities that own a building, employ people or intend to register with the Charity Commission. Small groups which are not charities are also welcome to use this model constitution, though they would not be covered by charity law.
Model Constitution for setting up a small charity
Cyfansoddiad enghreifftiol ar gyfer sefydlu elusen fach
1.9 Charitable Incorporated Organisations
The Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) is a new legal form designed specifically for charities. This information sheet will offer more detailed guidance on the CIO, including the differences between the two CIO models that can be used, the advantages and disadvantages of this structure, and how you can look to register a CIO if you decide it is the best structure for your organisation.
Charitable Incorporated Organisations
Sefydliadau Elusennol Corfforedig
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