Information Guides & Factsheets

These information guides and factsheets have been produced for the voluntary, community and faith sector across Greater Manchester in a collaboration between VCAT and members of GMVSS (Greater Manchester Voluntary Sector Support)

Each factsheet offers basic information, advice and guidance to help voluntary and community organisations to set up, develop and grow. The factsheets include everything from registering a charity, to how to influence parliament.

Each one is no longer than two double-sided sheets of A4 and has been created to provide a basic starting point for the voluntary, community and faith organisations in Trafford on some key areas of support. We hope you will find them useful.

You can download the factsheets by clicking each title

Starting Up
How to Start Up a New Voluntary & Community Group
Legal Structures
Social Enterprise
Governing Documents & Constitutions
Committees, Boards & Trustees
Registering for Charitable Status
Business Planning
Cash Flow Forecasts & Budgeting
Financial Management
Sustainability in the Work Place
Charities & VAT

Managing & Developing Your Organisation
Accessible Employment & Services
Policies & Procedures Checklist
Equal Opportunities Policy
Health & Safety
Recruitment for Charities (coming soon)
Managing a Community Building
Employment Contracts
Safeguarding Children & Young People
Safe Recruiting & Staffing for Children & Young People

Getting Ready for Funding
Overview of Funding
National Lottery Funding
Public Sector Contracts
Funding from Trusts & Foundations
Funding & Support from Businesses
Community Fundraising
Getting Ready for Trade
Getting Ready for Loans
Getting Things for Free
Using Funders' Guidelines
Top Ten Reasons for Rejection
Successful Funding Applications
Evidencing the Need
Managing Your Grant
Collaborative Bids & Partnership Working
Quality Assurance Systems

Marketing, Communications & Events
Communications & Marketing Strategy
Marketing Tips for Newsletters & Publicity
Social Media
How to Set Up a Website
How to Choose Your Web Host
Data Protection
Accessible Websites, Newsletters & Publicity
Accessible Events & Catering
Event Licences & Legislation
Holding an AGM
Tips for Press Releases

Volunteer Screening and CRB Checks
Volunteer Recruitment & Selection
Managing Volunteers

Research, Policy & Partnerships
Equality Law & Legislation
How to Benefit from Collaborative Working
Local Statistics & Where to Find Them
How to Engage with Parliament

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For accessibility reasons, these factsheets have been produced in Microsoft Word, but are also available in PDF (upon request). If you are experiencing formatting errors or technical difficulties, please contact VCAT on 0161 872 8563 or email