Support for staff and volunteers interested in financial issues.

Community First Yorkshire will holds regular informal network meetings for staff and volunteers with an interest in financial issues in the voluntary and community sector. This network merges and expands the previous Finance Network and the Treasurers’ Network.

Discussions are often far-ranging covering everything from financial reporting and accounting, auto enrollment and charity insurance to cyber security and risk management. Colleagues benefit from hearing how others manage their financial activities and are also encouraged to connect outside meetings to offer peer support and help with questions raised.

Below you will find information from past Finance Network and Treasurers’ Network meetings.

Upcoming network meetings

Are you experiencing a challenge and would welcome support and advice or have a top tip to share with others in the sector?

Share your experience of your community finance role, learn about new resources and policy development, ask questions and share good practice, and explore mutual topics of interest. These inclusive network meetings are open to everyone who works for a charity in a financial role, or volunteers in a financial role, such as a treasurer within North Yorkshire.

Overview of new and previous network meeting topics, useful links and resources.
Community Finance Network

9 April 2024 - What your accountant needs from you at the end of the year

Join us as at this Community Finance Network meeting where we will look at preparing you for the year end.

10 January 2024

Meeting resources:

Finance Staff network meetings

Tuesday 10 October

Wednesday 5 July 2023: Joint Treasurer and Finance Staff Network- Payroll and Auto Enrolment Made Easy

Information sheets on payroll and auto-enrolment


April 2023: Finance network open discussion

Resources shared after the meeting:

January 2023: Joint Finance and Treasurers Network meeting on Charity Insurance

Resources shared after the session include:

November 2022: Finance network open discussion

Payment systems

  • Article published by Charity Digital which covers processing payments online and by card.

Some useful links on the Community First Yorkshire website

  • Sign up here for the Community First Yorkshire monthly funding bulletin – a comprehensive list of voluntary sector funders
  • Resources from previous network meetings can be found below.

July 2022: Joint finance and treasurers network meeting

Resources shared after the session include:

  • A presentation from our development officer Nicky Ruddick covering everything you need to know about Gift Aid.

January 2022: Finance network open discussion

Topics explored included collecting gift aid, commission rates on cash less payment systems and generating reports, selling merchandise on line, systems for payments of volunteer expenses and use of finance platforms for investments

Resources shared after the session included:

Organisations who have useful websites, offer good training (sometimes free) or produce informative newsletters:

Treasurer network meetings

Wednesday 5 July 2023: Joint Treasurer and Finance Staff Network- Payroll and Auto Enrolment Made Easy

Information sheets on payroll and auto-enrolment

Wednesday 5 April 2023: Navigating the Cost of Living Crisis

Thursday 19 January 2023: Charity insurance

October 2022: Issues charities need to consider if they plan to carry out any trading

July 2022: Gift Aid (joint finance and treasurers network meeting)

  • Presentation from our development officer, Nicky Ruddick, on everything you need to know about Gift Aid.

April 2022: Risk management

January 2022: Charity reserves

September 2021: Digital finance

May 2021: Internal financial controls

Specialist resources

There is a wealth of information available on the Money page of our website resources. These can help you manage your money from budgeting tips and looking after your accounts, to getting funding ready. Our top picks are below:

General resources

We have a wide range of general information applicable to different aspects of running a successful organisation which includes good governance; funding; policies and procedures, volunteer management and operational good practice


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Contact us

To find out more about the network please contact the Community Support North Yorkshire team: