A range of useful links and resources for community groups and voluntary organisations in Exeter. For more information and support tailored to you, including template policies, please get in touch


The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do (The Charity Commission)

Guidance explaining the key duties of charity trustees, and what trustees need to do to carry out these duties competently.

Introduction to legal forms (NCVO) 

Overview of the legal forms available for charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations, and the differences between them.

Choosing the right legal structure (Resource Centre)

Simple explanations of different types of not-for-profit organisation, and what to consider when choosing a legal structure.


Trustee role and board: detailed information (The Charity Commission)

Information on the trustee role and board.

5-minute guides for charity trustees (The Charity Commission)

Refresher guides on: charity purposes, finances, conflicts of interest, decision-making and support.

Governance and trustees (NCVO)

Guidance, training, events and support around governance.

How to become a charity trustee (Getting On Board)

A practical toolkit for charity trustee volunteering with clear guidance on how to get started.


Writing a constitution (NCVO)

Guidance on writing a constitution with links to various model governing documents.

Constitutions (Resource Centre)

A step-by-step guide to writing a constitution for a small community group.

Recruiting and Managing Volunteers

Volunteer management (NCVO)

Guidance, information and training opportunities.

Guidance for volunteer management (Devon Voluntary Action) 

Guidance, templates, best practice and top tips around volunteer managing volunteers.

Managing Buildings

Ownership and management of assets (Locality)

Support to help communities own and manage land and buildings.

Managing village halls (ACRE) 

Guidance on managing village halls, lots of which is relevant to urban community centres too.


How to insure your charity (The Charity Comission) 

Guidance on how and when to insure your charity and information on the different types of insurance.

How to choose insurance for your charity (NCVO)

10 questions to help you choose insurance for your charity.


Comparisons of software and digital tools (NCVO) 

Guidance for charities and community groups on choosing digital tools, including fundraising platforms, online survey builders and choosing a database.

Understanding digital communications, campaigns and content (NCVO)

An introduction to digital communications, campaigns and content in the charity sector, as well as key organisations providing support.


A graphic design tool that can be used to create social media graphics, posters and other visual content. 

Covid-19 Guidance

Coronavirus (NCVO) 

Regularly updated guidance around Covid-19 for charities and voluntary organisations.

For more information on any of these please contact us.