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Setting up a new group and choosing a legal structure

Want to start a new voluntary or community group? Find practical tips to get you started in this section.

If you’re thinking about setting up a new voluntary organisation, we recommend that you first consider whether a new group is needed. 

If you decide to go ahead, read advice on how to get a group started, and learn more about the legal structures for voluntary organisations.

You can also find advice on chairing a meeting, the role of the secretary and how to register with the Charity Commission.

Setting up a New Group

Route Map

Route Map

RouteMap is an online flowchartcreated by the Resource Centre, for any not-for profit group or organisation looking for guidance in choosing a legal structure.  There are questions to answer, leading to some advice on the structure which seems most appropriate for the way you want to run your group.

The RouteMap does not aim to give detailed guidance or information about the many options available, but it offers a way in to this complicated issue:

Social enterprise

Social enterprise

This 15 page guide from Social Enterprise UK takes you through the essentials from defining social enterprise, thinking about your social mission, market research, sales, marketing and branding, legal structures and business plans.