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Information and Advice
Community Groups

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.

Community Direct Plus

Community Directplus gives charities, community groups and voluntary organisations an ethical way to bank for free from the Cooperative Bank.

All Community Directplus account holders may also apply for up to £1,000 from the Customer Donation Fund to support special projects and fundraising activities.

Closing date for applications: March and September, and they will then be assessed in April and October.

To apply:download an application form.

Get Legal

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

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

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

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.

Legal Information

Sandy Adirondack provides free legal information for voluntary organisations through her legal update service with links to government guidance, regulations and legislation.

Sandy also runs training courses to charities and voluntary groups.

She edited The Russell-Cooke Voluntary Sector Legal Handbook (updated in 2009) containing information on setting up a group, governance, fundraising and finance.

Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits

Microsoft have created a programme for charities and non profits to access their Office 365 applications and services at low or no cost.

Sage Software

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.

Technology Trust

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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