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Community Action Bradford & District

Voluntary organisation support officers

Are you a volunteer, staff or committee member of a community group in Bradford district?

Voluntary organisation support officers at Community Action Bradford & District work with community groups to help them set up, register as a charity or company, get policies, find small grant funding, publicise activities and more! Help can also include organisational health-checks.

Please contact the officer where your group is based:

Bradford constituencies
Clive Whittaker 01274 722772 and Lincoln Oakley 01274 722772.

Keighley constituency
Chris Barker 01535 665258.

Shipley constituency (including Baildon, Bingley Rural, Wharfedale, Windhill & Wrose)
Sarah Moss 01274 781222.

Help from local businesses

The Business Connector programme and "arc" are part of Business in the Community:

  • Adele Dolby is the Business Connector for Bradford North (Manningham, Heaton, Toller, Eccleshill, Undercliffe and Bolton). A Business Connector is a talented individual seconded from business or the Civil Service and placed in a local community where there is need. Their role is to listen and understand the local needs and help to create partnerships between local organisations and businesses in order to tackle social issues. Take a look at Adele's Twitter account to see the kind of projects she is working with, telephone Adele on 07788 320733 or email for more details.
  • arc works with social enterprises to evaluate their needs, looking at gaps in the organisation’s skills and capacity.  Based on this needs analysis, arc will construct a support package made up of expertise, support to access finance and premises and profiling. For questions about support and how to apply email or telephone 020 7566 6620.

Participate Projects is a charity based in Bradford that can help find skilled volunteers such as architects and lawyers to work in the community for free. It also organises volunteers for 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"

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


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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