Posted by: om41800 | 02/08/2012

FREE Professional Support for Community Groups

WHAT IS PROHELP?

South Yorkshire ProHelp is a regional network of over 100 professional firms each of which has offered to provide professional advice and strategic support free of charge to community groups and voluntary organisations in their local area. Professional firm members include surveyors, architects, consulting engineers, accountants, solicitors, consultants (management, property and IT), public relations, marketing and design agencies.

WHAT HELP CAN THEY PROVIDE?

The professional firms undertake one-off projects which can include feasibility studies, structural surveys, marketing and business plans, legal and accountancy advice and property valuations. The guiding principle of ProHelp is that members approach this sort of work in the same way as they would any other fee-paying clients. The only difference is that the community client is not charged for the work undertaken.

WILL MY GROUP BE ELIGIBLE?

You must be a community based, not-for-profit group working for the social and economic regeneration of your local area and should fit within the following criteria:

  • have a track record of working successfully with the local community
  • have no funding available for the specific project and
  • no paid advisors retained to do the work
  • if part of a national organisation, your branch must be locally constituted, and prove that neither the expertise nor the funding to pay for the work is available centrally
  • your project must be realistic and viable
  • your governing body must be willing to authorise the involvement of ProHelp.

WHEN WILL A REQUEST FOR HELP NOT QUALIFY?

Applications for assistance with litigation will not be considered. Help is generally not given to animal welfare organisations, to organisations whose primary focus is overseas aid assistance or to religious groups will only be offered if the project benefits the wider community.

WHY DO BUSINESSES GET INVOLVED?

Professional firms join ProHelp to make a difference by putting something back into their local community.

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

For further information please visit www.prohelp.org.uk or contact us on 0114 201 3223.

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