Setting up a group larger than a self-help group needs more care because of the number of people that will be involved and the possible legal structures that might be needed in the future, e.g. registration as a charity with the Charity Commission. Charity status, however, is not usually the first step for a voluntary organisation and might never be relevant. Any group of people may join together to pursue objectives in which they share an interest, providing these objectives are legal. It is therefore possible to establish a voluntary organisation without informing anyone or obtaining permission. You can just get on and do it.

Please click here for more information on establishing a voluntary organisation.