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Direct support for your organisation

Our Funding and Development Officer, Jane Granville (jane.granville@yorkcvs.org.uk) can provide free one-to-one support and guidance to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector groups and organisations on the following topics:

  • Safeguarding
  • Identifying and developing policies and procedures
  • Training
  • Networking
  • Setting-up groups, charities and social enterprises
  • Legal structures
  • Governance issues
  • Funding – Identifying potential funding sources and developing funding bids

Many organisations are having to adapt to meet the changing needs of their communities due to the pandemic. Please take a look at our Training and Events programmme and get in touch with Jane (jane.granville@yorkcvs.org.uk) to see how we can support your organisation.


Every organisation and group has a duty to safeguard – Even small groups that deliver charitable activities have a duty to safeguard their volunteers, staff members, participants and donors. Safeguarding is about creating a safe, welcoming, respectful environment for everyone and identifying when there is a risk of that not being the case.

Safeguarding should be a day to day practice, and for organisations it’s about making sure your policies and procedures are set up in a way that actively prevents harm, harassment, bullying, abuse and neglect, and that you’re ready to respond in the right way if there is a problem. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NVCO) is a great place to find information and detailed guidance about safeguarding tailored to specific groups of people, for example trustees and volunteer managers.

Support from York CVS

At York CVS we are able to support organisations with safeguarding policy templates, reviews of safeguarding polices, training on safeguarding and signposting to further resources – get in touch.

We are part of the Safeguarding Training Fund Partnership and are working with other infrastructure organisations in West Yorkshire. This is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund. We partner on resources, peer-to-peer support, signposting and strengthening of existing networks to enable local networking and mutual support.

Voluntary Organisations’ Network North East (YVONNE) have created easy to read factsheets for the sector, designed as brief introductions to the subject matter with links showing where to get further information for people and organisations who are new to safeguarding and having to respond quickly whilst facing enormous challenges. View all the factsheets on their website.


The following resources have been collated to provide information and guidance to VCSE sector groups and organisations.


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Are you a member of York CVS?

By becoming a member of York CVS you will gain access to regular updates about our training, events and funding opportunities. 

Membership is free, click on the button below to complete the online application form and to find out more.

Looking for funding?

Local funds:


National funding databases:


Get in contact with Jane Granville (jane.granville@yorkcvs.org.uk) if your organisation needs support to find funding.

Payroll Services

York CVS no longer provides payroll support for organisations. Our payroll services transferred over to Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) who are able to provide payroll services to organisations in York. Please visit VAL’s website for more information.

Volunteering Support

York CVS offer support around volunteering via our Volunteer Centre: York Volunteers, which includes:

  • Promotion of your Volunteering Opportunities
  • Advice & Volunteering Best Practice
  • Free Volunteer Management Software
  • Training & Events
  • A Volunteer Management Forum
  • Representation
  • A Bank of Resources
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