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Need support in areas surrounding governance, funding, fundraising or marketing?

Community groups and charities are eligible for a number of grants, awards and other sources of finding in Guildford and Waverley. We can provide advice on local funding opportunities and applications.


We provide expert advice and direct support to charities and community groups that need help with funding, fundraising and marketing. Our team can provide one-to-one support to get you ready for funding by advising on and signposting you to suitable funding opportunities, helping you tailor funding bids to be suitable to your needs, and reviewing applications before submitting them to funders.

We can support you to increase your income generation. We have a deep understanding of the local area and sector, and can support you through every step, from developing your project proposal, to searching for funders and writing grant applications. We can also support with developing your fundraising strategy and diversifying your income.

Our advisors also have experience of supporting you with developing your social media presence and marketing strategy and can provide communications and marketing training.

What the sector says...

"Without the support of VASWS, we wouldn't have been able to keep going for twelve years! Help with funding, constitutions and snags along the way, that we wouldn't otherwise know how to deal with, allowing us to run the group to support a variety of people - a big thank you!"

- Gordon Paterson, KJs

Our team can offer practical support for voluntary and community groups that require

assistance in developing their governance structures.

Constitutional Support

Receive support with establishing or updating a charity constitution, which should explain how a charity operates.


We can assist new groups to be set up and registered with the correct legal structure, be it as a charity or community group.


We can help you create, amend or adapt the systems and processes in place that will allow for effective charity management.

Trustee Recruitment

We know how difficult it can be to recruit new trustees. Why not talk to us to see how best we can help, advise and advertise for new roles.


Need support accessing new funding streams, or unsure where to start looking? We are here to help you get the finances you need.

Policy Writing

Need support creating or developing new policies and procedures, or unsure whether your policies remain compliant following new legislation?


Safeguarding is essential to get correct for all charities and groups. We can help support the development of good safeguarding practices.


We can check regulatory compliance practices and policies that will allow for greater long-term stability.

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