External Links

The Charity Commission The Charity Commission was established by law as the regulator and registrar for charities in England and Wales. Their aim is to provide the best possible regulation of charities in England and Wales in order to increase charities’ effectiveness and public confidence and trust. You can download the SORP 2005 from their website.
Christian Aid Christian Aid is the official development agency of churches in the UK and Ireland. It works wherever the need is greatest, irrespective of religion. Christian Aid supports local organisations, which are viewed as best placed to understand local needs, as well as giving help on the ground through 16 overseas offices. Help Christian Aid break the chains of debt.
Church House Bookshop The Church House Bookshop stocks a wide range of Christian literature, majoring in academic theology, as well as providing the principal retail outlet for material issued by Church House Publishing – the official publishers to the Church of England. Compact discs, greetings cards, parochial forms and registers, church candles, communion wafers, certificates and gift items are also available in store.
Church Pastoral Aid Society The Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS) is committed to inspiring, encouraging and challenging local churches to become places where children, young people and adults are helped to come to faith in Christ.
Computers for Charities To advise and support U.K Registered Charities, including Voluntary organisations and recognised Overseas groups through I.T and education. Computers for Charities operates across a wide remit from educational projects in developing countries to vocational projects in Prisons.
HM Revenue & Customs In 1990 the original Gift aid scheme was introduced. This was later updated in April 2000. The scheme allows charities to claim tax back from donations made to them. Their website includes the criteria required, guidance and help on Gift Aid and other items that may be relevant
to charities.
Parish Resources Parish Resources is a website provided by the Church of England’s National Stewardship Department and offers a wide range of resources to support all aspects of stewardship in the local church.
Christians Against Poverty Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a national debt counselling charity working through a network of centres based in local churches across the UK.
Save the Children Save the Children works in 120 countries. Saving children’s lives, fighting for their rights and helping them fulfil their potential.
Parish Buying The Church of England has negotiated agreements with a wide range of suppliers including Data Developments to offer services or products at reduced rates. Church of England parishes simply register with the Parish Buying website and then take advantage of any of these agreements saving money year on year.
Association of Charity Independent Examiners (ACIE) ACIE is an association of people who carry out Independent Examination, providing support and information to its members, charities and other interested parties.
Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers (ACAT) ACAT was originally setup in the wake of the Charities Act 1992. The Association aims to bridge the gap between an ordinary treasurers needs and understanding and the complexity of legislation and the advice provided by central financial administrators. They specifically focus on communication in the simplest form, concentrating on the most important issues and guidance on changes in law and practise