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The Communities and Local Government Department have launched a website for charities and communities to make suggestions about the barriers such as red tape and regulations.
Barrier Busting uses an on-line form for you to provide basic information about your organisation and the barriers that get in the way to what you want to achieve. Following submission you will receive an unique ID to enable you to keep track of your enquiry.
If your barrier gets accepted it will be published on the website
B and Q - Waste Donation Scheme
B and Q operate a waste donation scheme through all their stores for recognised community groups such as charities, schools and youth groups.
The items available will vary from store to store but could include items such as slightly damaged tins of paint, off cuts of timber and broken tiles for mosaic projects.
They are donated on the understanding that they will be reused.
To apply: contact your local store directly and speak to the Duty Manager.
You will be required to complete a Waste Donation Form.
Get Legal set up by solicitors
Bates Wells Braithwaite provides legal documents for charities and social enterprises to download and customise.
There is a cost for downloading the documents. However, it also has free resources library to help new charities and social enterprises in setting up.
Giving World is a free resource for charities and community groups.
It collects products from companies and organisations who want to redirect their surplus products to people in need.
Registered charities, community groups and non statutory organisations helping people in need can register with Giving World free of charge.
The charities and groups are responsible for collecting the good and paying for the transportation.
There is an online search form on the website and special alerts for items not available on the website.
Good Finance is
new website from Big Society Capital to help to help improve access to information on investment and finance for charities and social enterprises.
It's aim is to assist charities and social enterprises make an informed decision on investment and finance. Including alternative means of raising fund such as crowdfunding.
The website also has a useful list of other resources to support organisations with measuring social impact.
Google for Non Profits
Google for Non Profits provides access to free products and tools to help organisations cut their IT costs.
Organisations in the UK have to be registered with tt-exchange, Tech Soup's regional arm.
They must also be registered with:
England and Wales - the Charity Commission and/or HMRC as a charity for tax relief Scotland - the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and/or HMRC as a charity for tax relief Northern Ireland - registered with HMRC as a charity for tax relief.
The programme will give:
Free versions of Google paid products with special features for non profits. Free adwords advertising Free non profit edition of Google Apps Free licensing of Maps (England and Wales only) One Today - a "giving" app linking people and non profits.
To apply: complete the online form and wait for a decision.
In Kind Direct
In Kind Direct redistributes products from companies that they no longer need to charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations.
It helps thousands of charities and groups each year save money from their limited funds.
They provide many products in the following categories:
Toys Sports Nursery and Maternity Clothing and Footwear Work and Office Entertainment Household Health and Beauty
To start receiving items you just need to join and register - it's free!
Just Act helps anyone involved in a community project to find information and resources.
It breaks down the process of starting a community project into 10 steps with free information packs, templates and software.
This is complemented by a search facility called the Knowledge bank, an on-line forum and blog.
The Sage Foundation are offering free licenses for its accounting software to registered charities, social enterprises and non profit organisations.
It is has 3 different products suitable for different sizes of organisations.
The Technology Trust run the tt-exchange (formally the Charity Technology Exchange (CTX).
It provides charities with savings of up to 96% on world-leading technology-based products.
The tt-exchange offers donated technology products to UK registered charities and charitable housing associations.
The products have all been donated by their partners such as Adobe, Microsoft, Cisco and Symantec.
Chariites are required to pay an adminisatration fee but all products result in substantial savings.
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