Free NCVO Membership for Small Charities

Charities with an annual income of under £50,000, who are members of the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), can now join the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) for free. FSI membership is free to charities with a turnover of under £1.5 million.  Read more details here.

End of Year Fundraising Toolkit

December is the highest month of giving, so plan a strategy with the help of Blackbaud’s toolkit and make the most of the season’s opportunities. Download the toolkit by clicking here.

Make the most of local funding opportunities

There are always local opportunities to increase your funding, if you know where to look.  There are retailers and banks that offer support to community groups and who can help you raise your profile, as well as local funding organisations in the borough. Don’t miss what could be on your doorstep.  Take a look at all our guides and other useful information on our Briefings and Guides page.

Free Telephone Advice for Local Not for Profits

Richmond CVS has introduced a new service for not-for-profit organisations based in or offering services to Richmond residents.

Working in partnership with leading law firm, Russell-Cooke, we have launched a new telephone advice line which offers up to 15 minutes pro bono advice. Through this service, local organisations can access free specialist help with a range of issues such as:

  • HR
  • Governance
  • Legal Structures and Charitable Status
  • Contracting and collaboration
  • Mergers
  • Intellectual Property
  • Leases and Property

Support from the helpline is available Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 5pm.

This new development is part of a range of support available through Richmond CVS. If you have a query which you need support or advice on please email

We will need brief details about your organisation and the nature of the issue you need assistance with. All requests will be reviewed and Richmond CVS will either refer you to the helpline or identify other appropriate sources of support for you.

Please read the terms of use of the service below before contacting us to access the adviceline.

Find out more about Russell-Cooke and their specialist work and services for charities by downloading their brochure below.

Terms of Use Telephone Helpline July 2018

Press Release: Working together to deliver Social Care

Working together to deliver social care

This week (2–6 July) is National Co-production Week, a chance for the whole of Richmond upon Thames Borough to recognise the benefits of working together to deliver care in our communities.

The Council sees co-production as service users, carers and families working in partnership with the council on shaping, planning and delivering care and support services in the borough. It avoids ‘silo working’ and instead encourages a community-wide approach to delivering services that support a person’s needs and makes the best possible difference to their life and them being able to live as independently as possible.

Cllr Piers Allen, Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health said:

“Involving the users of care and support services, and their families and carers, in making decisions about how their care is delivered empowers them to be able to live full, independent lives. “This week is a great opportunity to acknowledge the carers, families and users of care and support services in communities across the borough and thank them for all the work they are doing.”

Director of Richmond CVS, Kathryn Williamson, said:

“Through our community involvement work and support of Richmond’s Health and Social Care Coproduction Group, we are committed to ensuring that co-production underpins the design and delivery of local health and care and support services. “Co-production week highlights the importance of this work with service users, carers and the Council and we look forward to building on it throughout the year.”

For more information please click here