We believe that the charity and voluntary sector plays an extremely important role in society, and as such, are passionate about supporting groups; in whatever way we can. In our experience, management committees and volunteers are so busy delivering services and supporting residents/members that it can feel overwhelming to take time out to review their governance, and make sure they are meeting the requirements of the Charity Commission for NI, but it’s doesn’t have to be as complex as it may appear.
The Charity Commission NI is the independent regulator of charities in Northern Ireland, and its role is to ensure that any group acting as a charity, whatever their size or purpose, is operating for the public benefit and independently of government or commercial interests. If you are a group who have been set up for charitable purposes, you will need to register with the Charity Commission NI, and we can help you do that. Once your group is registered, you will then need to provide the Commission with an annual return to include information such as: your accounts, a trustees’ annual report, and report from independent examiner / auditor, as applicable. We can support you to not only understand the process of registering and annual returns, but also help you to complete them.
If your group is based in North Down and would like to chat about whether you should register with the Charity Commission NI, or need help to meet the annual requirements, please get in touch with Ashleigh Hunter on 028 9146 1386. North Down Community Network is one of the Helper Groups registered with the Charity Commission.
For more information visit The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland