Join Trust Advice

Join a growing community of likeminded voluntary organisations. Whether you’re a large national body or a community group working at a local level. When you join Trust Advice, your whole organisation will receive advice and support from our associates, as well as information and preferential rates for products and services. General advice will be free for every member, certainly for the first hour. After that, a charge (at preferential rates) may be payable; however, this will always be discussed at the outset.

Membership & Fees

Level – A 

(<£10K)

FREE!
Annually

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Level – B

(£10K – 25K)

£42.00 + VAT   Annually

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Level – C

(£25K – £50K)

£60.00 + VAT   Annually

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Level – D

(£50K – £150K)

£120.00 + VAT Annually

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Level – E

(£150K – £500K)

£180.00 + VAT Annually

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Level – F

(>£500K)

£240.00 + VAT Annually

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Benefits

Trust Advice Membership benefits and services:

  • FREE 1-hour Governance Consultation – access to one of our Charity Specialists who can offer support and advice via phone, email or zoom, with an hourly rate charged thereafter.
  • FREE 1-hour Members Charity Surgery – monthly Q&A sessions both open and topic-based run by our charity specialists and partners who are available for an hour to answer any questions that you may have.
  • FREE 15-minute HR telephone or zoom consultation – access to our HR Partner who can help with all your HR needs, with an hourly rate charged thereafter.
  • FREE 30-minute Legal Advice – access to our Charity Solicitor who works specifically with charities, social enterprises and other not for profit organisations, with an hourly rate charged thereafter.
  • FREE 30-minute Fundraising Review –access to our Fundraising Partner who works with the not for profits, helping with Fundraising Strategy, Mentoring, Interim Fundraising, Bid Writing & Review, Major Gifts Campaign Management and Individual Giving Campaign Design and Delivery, with an hourly rate charged thereafter.
  • FREE AFVS Library Downloads – to include the Trustees and Administrators Toolkit, along with other guides, generic templates and policies that are an invaluable resource for your charity.

In addition, you will also have access to the following services at reduced rates for our members:

  • Accounts Preparation and Independent Examinations – we work very closely with our sister organisation https://iel.org.uk who can provide support on all your accountancy needs.
  • Bookkeeping and Financial Reporting – our parent company, Caritas Management Group (CMGL) can provide you with all the services that your charity may need, from bookkeeping to financial reporting.
  • Charity & CIC Registration & Charity Incorporation – access to our Charity Setup Specialists who can help and advise on New Charity & CIC Registration, they can also advise those charities considering incorporation either to the CIO or Company structure.
  • C-Me Colour Profiling – focuses on our behaviour and getting to grips with our preferred ways of doing things.  It can help prepare the boards of trustees to understand their strengths, build successful teams around them and engage effectively. Our lead trainer, Andy Strajnic, has now been accredited to run C-me colour profiling sessions, and we will be introducing a taster at the start of our trustee training sessions, or you can book a full C-me session with Andy, which can be used as part of an away day or team-building exercise.
  • GDPR Compliance Pack – we will supply you with the tools to become GDPR compliant, this pack is offered at a 50% discount for our members.
  • Gift Aid Claims – Are you registered with HMRC and claiming Gift Aid? If not, would you like our help? contact support@afvs.org.uk for further details.
  • Insurance Review – offering AFVS members insurance savings of 15% off the current charity insurance premium in the first year.
  • Policy Review Service – How up to date are your policies, please visit the AFVS library to access policies for your charity.  We can also offer a policy review contact us for more details and prices support@afvs.org.uk
  • Staff Handbook – you can purchase a generic Staff Handbook for your charity, offered at a reduced rate for our members.
  • Trustee & GDPR Refresher Training – a great opportunity to bring your board of trustees together to get some sound advice on good governance, also looking at roles and responsibilities, or you can find out more about how to become GDPR compliant.  Our training sessions are offered at reduced rates for our members and you can join a public session or we can run a tailored session just for your board of trustees.  We can offer both zoom or face to face training (this would be subject to the government guidance at the time training is required).  Our training is offered at a reduced rate for our members.
  • VAT Advice – we can put you in touch with our partner to help you with all your VAT needs.
  • Zoom Video Consultation A great way for us to be able to reach all charities across the whole of the UK.  With the current Covid rules this means you can stay safe in the comfort of your own home.  Our consultation is offered at a reduced rate for our members.

If you want to book a training session or require a consultation please contact support@afvs.org.uk and we can organise this for you and send over a quote.

WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY ABOUT US

“Daryl certainly knows his stuff. He is immersed in the charity world and knows all the angles. He is also a very impressive speaker. He did not follow the timetable for the day, but rather followed the thoughts and questions of the attendees. This was fine for me, but probably less so for the potential and very new Trustees. I found the whole day both interesting and beneficial.”

David Wood, Arundel & Downland Community Leisure Trust

“Daryl Martin’s wealth of experience was truly impressive. He had an example of good and bad practice to back up everything he said.”

Joe Smith, Nuevas Esperanzas

“I recently attended an AFVS Trustee Development Workshop lead by Daryl Martin. As Tubakunde Trust and therefore my role as a Trustee are both very new, I had a lot to learn. I really benefited from Daryl’s wise counsel on the day. Although the topic might be considered as heavy, Daryl’s relaxed presentation with many examples made the event an enjoyable learning experience. I came away understanding my role in a much clearer way. The end result – Highly Commended.”

Malcolm Claridge, Tubakunde Trust

“Daryl’s wealth of real-life stories, some shocking, and others humorous provided an abundance of practical teaching and answered many of the questions we had. This made it easier to absorb potentially ‘Boring’ detail as well as giving some sobering thoughts and ideas for things we need to take action on. A very worthwhile day & money well spent. The Take home manual is also an invaluable and comprehensive resource for future reference and should be required reading for all trustees.”

Bob Mullins, The Lighthouse Church, New Malden

“I found the day very worthwhile, it gave a good overview of the roles and responsibilities of trustees and I came away much better”

Chris Hawker, Chichester Baptist Church

“The day was stimulating and helpful. The information given alerted me to several issues, especially concerning interactions with the Charity Commission, where our charity needs to make some changes to reflect current requirements as things have changed considerably since our charity was established 12 years ago. And the written information we took away will be a valuable resource in the future.”

David Powlson, New Life Home Trust

“Very worthwhile day gaining insights into the tasks and risks that trustees need to be prepared for and to enjoy using their experience to tackle.”

Mike Tyler, Aid for Trade