Starting a group

We provide support and information to small, new and emerging voluntary, community and faith groups in Merton. We work with you to highlight the things you need to consider before setting up a new organisation and what you need to if you decide to go ahead.

Please be aware that due to the current climate, support to set up a group will be over the phone, by email or on Zoom.  

Financial Management
Good financial management systems are an important key to success in any organisation. Our Community Accountancy Service aims to help organisations improve their accounting systems and records. We can offer a range of different kinds of support to help you get on top of financial management. more
Model Policies
We have a range of model policies designed to help organisations in formulating their own policies and procedures including budgeting policy, complaints notice, data protection policy, social media policy and much more. You can personalise these to fit your own requirements. more
Guidance Documents

We have a range of guidance documents on starting and managing a group including applying for funding, developing a new project, employing staff, fundraising, developing policies and procedures and much more. more

Speak To Us

We recognise that organisations have a variety of different needs. Some may be keen to expand, whilst others may simply want help to continue as they are. Speaking to our development team directly means we can adapt to suit your needs and provide advice on governance, charitable registration, roles of management committees, identifying funding sources and help with applications, monitoring systems, business and strategic planning, developing policies and procedures, publicity and marketing, recruitment and networking with other local groups. Get in touch by emailing

Useful Websites
  • KnowHowNonProfit provides lots of information on a wide range of topics of interest to voluntary, community and not for profit organisations
  • My Community Starter is a useful resource for people who want to get involved in organising smaller, straightforward community activities
  • Get Legal provides online advice on legal structures and issues such as governance for charities, social enterprises and co-ops
  • Charity Trustee Networks provides information and support for Trustees
  • NVCO Trustee and Governance Information Centre provides information on a wide range of subjects relating to voluntary and community sector governance and trusteeship
  • The Charity Commission provides advice and information on running charities, including information on how to manage money and accounts
  • Superhighways is an ICT support and development project, run by and for the voluntary and community sector and based in South London
  • Sandy Adirondack runs the invaluable site on legal updates for voluntary organisations
  • NCVO (which also runs some of the other services listed here) provides a wide range of support and advice services for voluntary organisations

Please note that we cannot take any responsibility for the services or information offered by third parties. Do let us know if any of these links are broken or if you’d like to suggest adding any

If you would like to speak to someone about support available to Merton organisations during this time, please email