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Voluntary organisation support officers in Bradford district

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? Help from the voluntary organisation support officers is free:

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

West Yorkshire 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.

Business in the Community - Community Impact Team (formerly Bradford Cares) is an employee-volunteering programme. Volunteers undertake a one-off project or piece of work that can help community groups improve their surroundings or achieve better service provision. Telephone Michael Harvey on 0113 205 8239 or email for details.

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

SkillsBridge provides free mentoring support to community groups in Bradford district. Mentors are skilled professionals from the public and private sectors who want to volunteer to share their expertise with community groups. The aim is to help the group to develop the skills they need; mentors will not do the work for the group but will support them to become more robust and improve professional skills.

SkillsBridge aims to work with community groups that have an annual income of £100,000 to £1 million. Groups usually have at least one paid member of staff. Mentoring is a time-limited specific project and works well when there is time to plan ahead; for example, advising on a business plan, market research or HR processes. Contact Giorgia Mariani on 07525 832872 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 with a turnover of less than £100,000 and charitable companies with a turnover of less than £90,000. Contact Dave Collins on 01422 835192. Financial systems health checks are free to all voluntary and community organisations in West Yorkshire.

Employing staff

Pay and Employment Rights Service (PERS) offers expert advice on employment issues - to employers and employees of local community groups and charities (charges apply).

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 (8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday).

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 weekly 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."

Can't find the right service for your community group?

Get help and advice from the voluntary organisation support officer team - their help is free for voluntary & community groups in Bradford district.


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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