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Voluntary organisation support officers

Need help with setting up a new group or keeping an existing group going? Need help with writing a constitution or policies, improving publicity or finding funding? Advice and support is available in Bradford district:

Community groups in Bradford – telephone Clive Whittaker or Lincoln Oakley at Bradford CVS on 01274 722772 or email or

Community groups in Shipley or Bingley – telephone Sarah Moss at Shipley & Bingley Voluntary Services (SBVS) on 01274 781222 or email

Community groups in Keighley or Ilkley – telephone Chris Barker at KIVCA on 01535 665258 or email

Help from local businesses

ProHelp offers free professional advice to voluntary organisations in West Yorkshire. Professional firms provide free advice towards specific projects. Assistance can be provided in any of the following areas: architectural drawings, planning issues, costings for building works, company and charitable registration, building surveys, leases, assistance in business planning, legal advice relating to employment, property issues, tax etc.

Participate Projects can help find skilled volunteers such as architects and lawyers to work in the community for free and volunteers for mass team participation projects including community clean ups or school gardens in areas of urban disadvantage. Phone 01274 739555 or email

Managing money

West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service prepares annual accounts and conducts independent examination of accounts at a modest charge for charities and unincorporated voluntary and community organisations and charitable companies. The Community Accountant for Bradford district is Dave Collins, telephone 01422 835192.

Employing staff

ACAS offers free advice on employment issues to employees and employers of all kinds - this is a national service. You can call an Acas helpline adviser on 0300 123 1100. The helpline is open Monday 8am to 8pm, Tuesday 8am to 6pm, Wednesday and Thursday 8am to 8pm, Friday 8am to 6pm, and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

FREE online training is also available from ACAS: Learning OnLine topics include contracts of employment & written statements, discipline & grievance, equality & diversity, handling redundancy and managing people.

The Cranfield Trust runs HRNet which offers free HR advice for any registered charity or other non-profit with a charitable purpose.

"Membership of HRNet includes:

  • A regular email newsletter with up-to-date information on employment legislation and practice
  • Shared experience of employment issues with other voluntary organisations
  • Answers to specific employment questions from HR professionals
  • An information archive of employment information, guidance and good practice"

To join HRNet, complete the application form. Terms and conditions apply. 


Bradford Community Payroll and Accounts offers payroll services for groups and individuals.

  • For groups: "the service provides practical support, information and advice on any aspect of PAYE and other payroll related issues, taking on the administrative burden and freeing you to deliver your voluntary and community services."
  • For individuals: "complete payroll service for Direct Payment users, but includes other services related to Direct Payment users only, such as FISH Insurance and payment of invoices. Once more we take care of all your payroll responsibilities, so you don't have any hassles or worries."


If your group is considering paying a consultant instead of using a free or low cost advice service, take a look at our top tips for working with consultants.

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