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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 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 07964 352663 and Lincoln Oakley 07422 575852

Keighley constituency
Chris Barker 01535 612500/ 07422 966140

Shipley constituency (including Baildon, Bingley Rural, Wharfedale, Windhill & Wrose)
Sarah Moss 01274 781222/ 07422 966142

Help from business

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 Rhys North, email or telephone 07891 333030.

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

The Cranfield Trust runs business services for charities including 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.


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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