Here are some of the questions that our Small Groups Development Worker, Kathy Faulks, is asked most frequently:
If you are thinking about setting up a group or your group has a question that is not answered here you can Ask Kathy using our online form.
If your organisation has:
You are required by law to register. You can apply to register as a charity on the Charity Commission website.
VAL runs a regular 'How to Register as a Charity' training course designed to show you how to do this. See our training section for when the next session is running.
For example, the Big Lottery Fund will not fund organisations where the committee members are related.
There is nothing in law to stop a charity from having related trustees but the Charity Commission would recommend that a new charity seeking registration would ensure that a majority of the trustees were unrelated.
A social enterprise is a business trading for a social purpose. Surpluses (profits) are reinvested in the business or in the community.
Further information is available on the Business Link website.
Visit our Funding Support page and look at the "Help with Identifying Sources of Funding" section. This provides links to key possible sources of funding for voluntary organisations in Leeds. It also provides tips on how to search more widely for funding, using the various Funding Search resources that are available.
A factsheet listing Leeds city centre venues for meetings and events is available to download from the resources section.
Other places to look for venues in Leeds are:
In addition, there are two meeting rooms to hire at the VAL offices in Stringer House.
The Leeds City Council website has a list of second hand furniture stores in Leeds which maybe able to help you source furniture. Many provide a collection service for donated items.
For computer equipment, visit the Regional Electronics Initiative website or the CTX programme www.ctxchange.org.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) launched on 1 December 2012, was formed from a merger between the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). It is worth keeping up to date with developments.
Volunteering England has a useful section on its website on DBS checks for volunteers.
Umbrella Body Search
The DBS checking service available on the Home Office website which provides an umbrella body search facility where you can search for organisations who can process DBS checks on your behalf.
A number of VAL members act as umbrella bodies for processing DBS disclosure checks on behalf of other voluntary organisations, including:
(NB: If you are a VAL member providing DBS checks, please let us know so we can add you to this list).
For general advice on the subject of Safeguarding Children for Third Sector organisations, including developing Child Protection Policies or Procedures, please contact Leeds Safeguarding Children Board.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. However, the Regulations do not specify what needs to be done, by whom or how frequently (i.e. they don't make inspection or testing of electrical appliances a legal requirement, nor do they make it a legal requirement to undertake this annually).
Other FAQs about PAT testing can be found on the Health and Safety Executive website.
For a quick guide to services that are immediately available to homeless and vulnerable people in Leeds (not including foodbanks), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org at Unity in Poverty Action.
For details of organisations providing help for vulerable groups in Leeds see the "Destitution" section of the LASSN Directory - January 2011 (.pdf, 66 pages). LASSN is the Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network.
The Trussell Trust also operate a network of foodbanks nationally, for details visit: www.trusselltrust.org