Sector Development Resources

The Glasgow Makes Connections Resource Bank provides access to templates, guides, weblinks and contact details to support your organisation. Use the filter to search by category. If there are resources you would like us to add please get in touch.

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Banking for Community Groups and Charites

SCVO’s guidance on opening a bank account for charities or community groups. Including links to SCVO’s regularly reviewed bank comparison table

Book Keeping, Account Management and Payroll from GCVS

GCVS Payroll and Finance services

Capacity building support from GCVS

GCVS offers advice and guidance on a variety of topics including governance, OSCR requirements, policies & procedures, support to committees and boards.

CEIS Enterprise Support

CEIS specialise in helping businesses in the third sector, from start up social enterprises to charities and housing associations.

Charities and Digital Media

Find advice, insights, discussion and resources from Charity Digital

Climate Resource List

We have collected all the relevant resources to support your organisation with environmentally friendly initiatives. Download our guide, including tips and policies. Please contact us for a Word doc version […]

Communications Advice on Improving Readability from Catalyst

Catalyst resource on how to write readable content, so people who use your charity’s services can get what they need from it.

Community Engagement National Standards

Community Engagement National Standards showing key principles and examples for groups to use

Community Learning and Development Values

Community Learning and Development Values from the the CLD Standards Council to underpin community learning and development practice

Creating a Social Media Policy

How-to Guide to writing a Social Media Policy for your organisation to ensure your team use social platforms responsibly and safeguard your online reputation.

Crisis Management- Assessment and Next Steps

For organisations who suspect that they may be in a crisis or difficult situation, use this tool to assess your financial position and decide the next steps.

Crisis Recovery Button

Access to support for Third Sector Organisations facing sever challenges and an uncertain future. Providers include DTAS, Scottish Community Alliance, Community Enterprise and CEiS

Data Sharing Framework Agreement

The Glasgow Data Sharing Framework seeks to improve collaboration between public and voluntary sector organisations. This covers key information about what data will be shared and on what basis.

Disclosure and Protecting Vulnerable Groups

Volunteer Scotland is the central register body in Scotland for processing disclosure applications for third sector organisations. Support is free to qualifying organisations and disclosure records are free for volunteers.

Early Warning Guide from DTAS

Written for development trusts but a useful short guide for any voluntary sector organisation to ask questions and review their position – are you at risk?

Employment information from ACAS

Advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law including national minimum wage

Environmental Grants Directory from GCVS

A monthly roundup of potential grant funding opportunities available to voluntary organisations in Glasgow for climate-related or environmental activities. Download the Environmental Grants Directory April 2024 >>

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Information, guidance and signposting on all aspects equality and human rights.

Ethics Code from the CLD Standards Council

Ethics Code from the CLD Standards Council to underpin community learning and development practice

Evaluation Tools and support from Evaluation Support Scotland

Tools and support to help measure and report on the impact your work is making – homepage

Financial Management – preparing for your charity accounts

OSCR’s guidance on financial management procedures and what is expected for charity accounts.

Full Cost Recovery General Information from GMC

Explanation and examples of full cost recovery from Glasgow Makes Connection group

Full Cost Recovery Guide from NLCF

How to apply full cost recovery to grant applications from The National Lottery Community Fund

Funding Scotland

From small grants to funding for big capital projects, find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using this free funding database.

Funding Support from GCVS

GCVS provides workshops and one to one support around finding funding.

Fundraising: Code of Fundraising Practice

The new Code of Fundraising Practice came into force on 1 October 2019 and sets the standards that apply to fundraising carried out by all charitable institutions and third party fundraisers in the UK. It replaces the previous code, rulebooks and legal appendices.

Fundraising: OSCR guidance for charity trustees

OSCR guidance on the law around fundraising and how the self-regulation system works in Scotland and rest of the UK.

Fundraising: Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel

Independent body responsible for promoting fundraising standards in Scotland and dealing with fundraising complaints related to Scottish registered charities

GCVS Crisis Management / Review surgeries

GCVS one-to-one Surgeries

GCVS People & Safety Services

HR; Health & Safety; Recruitment; Wellbeing

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Information Commissioners’ Office resources

Glasgow Living Wage

Information and resources to understand the Glasgow Living Wage and its benefits to both employers and employees.

Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN)

Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN) is a membership network for Social Enterprises in Glasgow providing a range of services from information-sharing and peer support to resources and training.

Governance Code

The Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector sets out five core principles and key elements of good governance

Governance Trustee Duties from OSCR

Guide to charity trustee duties with regard to governance particularly handling many common situations

Health & Safety Compliance Checklist Tool

This Health & Safety Checklist is a tool to perform internal and external audits of an office or any working environment.

Human Rights and Equalities Resources from THRE

THRE – Third Sector Human Rights and Equalities, is a nationwide project to support third sector organisations towards taking a human rights and equalities first approach to their work.

Independent Examination: Find an Independent Examiner

The Association of Charity Independent Examiners is the only membership body for Independent Examiners. Use their search function to find an Independent Examiner in your area

Investment readiness toolkit

The Investment Readiness Toolkit from the Green Finance Institute is an online and interactive framework that takes nature-based project developers and enterprises along the eight milestones of a path to […]

Just Enterprise Free Training in Scotland

Just Enterprise is a programme designed to help sustain, develop and grow social enterprises and enterprising charities in Scotland with a wide range of training available to help support your […]

Kirkpatrick Evaluation Model

Kirkpatrick Evaluation Model used to evaluate different aspects such as happiness, learning, behaviour change and impact. GCVS run impact training to support the use of this model

Legal Structures for the Voluntary Sector

An overview of the legal structures available to voluntary sector organisations

Monitoring and evaluation guidance from SCVO

Monitoring and evaluation – what kind of information should you collect?

Notifiable Events from OSCR

To support public confidence in the voluntary sector and to support charities manage effectively, OSCR encourage the reporting of events of significance to organisations such as a major loss of funding.

OSCR video guidance

A broad range of videos from OSCR the charity regulator – useful if you prefer to watch rather than read information

Partnership advantages/risks associated from SCVO

Potential advantages and risks associated with working with another organisation

Partnership Working: P4P Collaboration Toolkit

The P4P Collaboration Toolkit is aimed at third sector organisations who are considering working together with others to pool resources, deliver new products/services or to do things more innovatively.

Place Standard tool

Place Standard tool that can be used to asses the quality of a place be it a community or a garden or a centre or indeed a service area

Reserves- Charity Reserves Factsheet from OSCR

This factsheet is aimed at charity trustees of small to medium sized charities looking to produce or update a reserves policy.

Risk Management- Guides from Institute of Risk Management

IRM Charities Special Interest Group practical guides to help charities manage risk.

Sharps Risk Assessing

Sample policy, which can be reviewed to produce a policy that is suitable for your organisation

Social Media Toolkit for Charities from Skills Platform

The Skills Platform Charity Social Media toolkit is a comprehensive resource to help third sector organisations to ramp up their social media.

Start up: Setting up a Development Trust from DTAS

A guide for those looking to set up a trust, that answers some of the main questions such as: What is a development trust? How can a development trust benefit […]

Top 5 Marketing and Design Resources for Non-Profits

Check out our blog for our favorite non-profit discounts and free tools for marketing and design.

Trustee Information and Guidance pack from OSCR

OSCR are trialling a new Charity Trustee Information and Guidance pack

Volunteer Glasgow

Volunteer Glasgow is the Center for Volunteers in Glasgow supporting both those who need volunteers and those who would like to volunteer.

Volunteer resources from Volunteer Edinburgh

A wide variety of resources relating to volunteering and volunteers from Volunteer Edinburgh and partners including policies etc

Winding Down Checklist from NCVO

Every organisation is different and how you close will be affected by your size and types of activities. This checklist from NCVO will hep you ensure you cover all elements […]

If you think something needs to be added to the A-Z or if one of the links doesn’t work, please get in touch.

This Resource Bank has been developed in partnership with the city-wide Glasgow Third Sector Capacity Building Group, which includes: Glasgow City Council, GCVS, Volunteer GlasgowCEIS and Glasgow Life.

Our partners contribute to the resource bank as well as a programme of workshops and one to one support, managed by the GCVS Sector Development team. We support voluntary sector organisations in Glasgow with the core skills and knowledge they need to thrive and remain sustainable. Find more about our sector development support and contact sectordev@gcvs.org.uk to discuss the needs of your organisation.

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