1,994+ groups worked with since e-records began in 2006 (44% of Oxfordshire’s non-profits).

“OCVA is the go to body for voluntary organisations looking support and help to start up or build their capacity.” “Excellent at advice, support and provision of information.” – Last year’s survey respondents

In some areas of Oxfordshire our consultancy to non-profit groups is free of charge thanks to public funds.

If your area isn’t covered, you can still benefit from our consultancy service at cost.

Some of our consultancy is freely available online. See Core Delivery.

Your group’s lifestage

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Just beginning

  • Research the need for your services and gather evidence
  • Find peer groups to work with for consortia in bidding
  • Locate the right funders
We hope to provide a tool for this. Until then, contact us to find out how we can help

Other resources to help you build evidence include Oxfordshire Insight, and ACRE (for rural issues).

Registering (for example with the Charity Commission) See rates below
Writing the business and project plans and all documentation for setting up volunteer services from scratch Contact our Volunteer Centre

Maturing and building

Support your board or management committee to fulfil their legal obligations and lead the organisation so that it achieves its aims See rates below
Put in place policies and procedures to ensure your organisation runs effectively See rates below
Recruit, induct and manage your staff and volunteers See rates below (You may also be interested in the free HRNet, free HR factsheets, and in Payroo – a payroll service which is free if you have fewer than 9 employees)
Evaluation of service-user involvement (required by funders) See rates below
Structuring recruitment drives and writing job descriptions See rates below
add a ‘person focussed’ independent individual to an interview panel See rates below
Plan and develop a project See rates below

Growing

Put in place monitoring and evaluation systems and demonstrate your impact See rates below
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Make connections with potential partners and networks Also see Contracts
Check that you are ‘fit for funding’ with Oxfordshire Community Foundation managed funds – this service is highly popular and there may be a waiting list; do register early See rates below
Review your draft applications, pre-qualification questionnaires and tenders See rates below
Bespoke bid writing See rates below
Vote for this to be a training course
Advising what data to monitor to facilitate impact assessment  (for self assessment)– and then writing up the reports using this data for the organisation See rates below
Vote for this to be a training course
Events – for volunteer managers, for networking, away-day facilitation, full planning and delivery, group surgeries See rates below
Vote for this to be a training course
Forums – for Trustees to share good practice, resources, utilities See rates below
Training – needs analysis for teams (one-to-one), writing a CV, interview skills (including for non-native English speakers, Check our training programme or vote for this course to be run
Training – on collaborative working (partnerships, networks, consortia, forums, time banks) Check our training programme or vote for this course to be run
Setting SMART goals and acknowledging skills Check our training programme or vote for this course to be run
Training  – how to comply to the Health and Safety At Work Act and conduct your own risk assessments, implement your own policy changes, etc. Check our training programme or vote for this course to be run
Training/ Coaching – on conducting appraisals for staff Check our training programme or vote for this course to be run
Group Coaching – doing a mailing with MailChimp Check our training programme or vote for this course to be run
Training – ‘Only As Good As Your Data’ – how to make the most of your database Check our training programme or vote for this course to be run

End of life

Personal Coaching – for those leaving or joining the sector See rates below

OCVA Consultancy Charges

  • A day is considered to be 7.4 hours and is chargeable at £450 (non-profits) (+VAT if applicable) or £600 (statutory bodies) (+VAT if applicable)
  • Charged time includes preparation, follow-up, travel
  • Calculations are on the basis of full or half days only. Hourly rates are the exception
  • Training is VAT exempt. Consultancy is VAT added

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