Essentials for Community Volunteering Groups – From Safe Practice to Legal Structures

Thursday, 4 June, 2020 - 14:30 to 17:30
Online course
This course is being offered for free – the usual rates for a half day course would be: Full Member: £55, Associate Member: £77, Non Member: £94.
Organised/hosted by: 
Voscur and VANS


This course will outline the potential options to community volunteering groups in developing their safe practice and legal structure. This course is delivered in partnership with Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS).


What is this course about?

The course provides an opportunity to look more closely at what to consider when setting up or developing a community volunteering group. We will look at how to manage risks and accountability, the range of legal structures to adopt and their pros and cons, and look specifically at the Community Interest Company structure (CIC). This course is for groups operating in North Somerset. 

What will the course cover?

  • Accountability, transparency and liabilities - why these are important to volunteering groups
  • Different types of legal structures, and their pros and cons
  • What to consider when setting up a Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • Roles and responsibilities of directors
  • Next steps

Who is the course for?

New community volunteering groups that have been set up in North Somerset to support the community during COVID-19.

What else do you need to know?

To take part you will need a laptop with a camera, microphone, and Wi-Fi. You will not require any additional software. You will be emailed an invitation with a link to join the online training prior to the course.

This course is now free of charge as Voscur are currently offering free courses to support the VCSE sector during this challenging time. 

Voscur has had to cancel face to face training events due to the ongoing public health situation with coronavirus (or COVID-19). This decision was taken in line with local and national health advice, and to safeguard the health of our attendees and staff. We are aware that many VCSE organisations in the city are focusing their efforts on providing and changing their services to respond to communities. For more information about coronavirus, see


Other courses: We will aim to run this course again if we know there is a demand for it, so if this course is fully booked, please join the waiting list; a second date will most likely be announced soon. Although this course is for North Somerset groups, we may run one for Bristol, so if you are interested and are Bristol-based, please do email to show your interest.

Organisations interested in becoming a CIC may also like to book Voscur’s Setting Up a CIC course, which will follow this course.


Level: Basic

Voscur theme: Leading your organisation 

This course is currently free – the usual rates would be: Full Member: £55, Associate Member: £77, Non Member: £94. This is part of our offer to the VCSE sector, providing extra support during the pandemic when we know your time, energy and resources are all pushed to the limit. However, if you book a course and then cannot make the training, please do let us know by 3pm the day before the course, as someone else can then benefit from taking part – our courses often have large waiting lists at present. Voscur reserves the right to charge an admin fee for anyone who does not attend the course and has not informed us.


How to book: 

Click here to book your place

Contact name: 
Rosa Watkin
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