LandAid Pro Bono Programme - Breakfast Meeting

Notes from 3 March 2016


Property and other advice

Charity Property Help

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS ) offers registered charities and voluntary organisations a minimum one-hour consultation with an RICS-regulated firm free of charge.  The advice covers issues from planning and the environment through to project management and maintenance.

RICS also have a series of small business property guides covering a range of premises issues such as building surveys, business rates and planning property cash flow:

Ethical Property Foundation

The Ethical Property Foundation helps charities and community groups make the best use of property for society and the environment.  They offer an online property advice service, the option to talk to an advisor or get a free referral to a property professional, who will give a discount if referred from them:

The Small Charities Coalition list a large number of organisations offering support to charities covering accounts and finance to training and consultancy:


Finding a property


3Space is a charity which works in partnership with landlords and leaseholders to offer organisations that benefit the community temporary access free of charge to otherwise empty properties.

Meanwhile Space

Meanwhile Space works with landlords, landowners, developers, local authorities and communities to boost the use of empty properties and sites for community benefit and social enterprise:

My Community Space

My Community Space is an online resource where charities can look for/offer available space for hire.  They run courses on asset management and have a very useful ‘Premises Fact Finder’ with frequently asked questions covering all the things organisation need to think about in considering their buildings.

Somewhere to

Somewhereto is a Big Lottery funded project helping young people aged 16-25 to access underused or vacant spaces in order to find new platforms for their talents, build networks of peer support and obtain skills endorsement to pursue the things they love.


Managing building work/projects

Commission for Architecture and Built Environment (CABE)

CABE have an online guide with expert advice for people commissioning and managing building projects, including clients from the public, private and voluntary sectors.


Examples of educational refurbishment projects

New from old: transforming secondary schools through refurbishment


Understanding and improving how charities work

Charity Commission

The Charities Commission describes what a charity is and how they are governed:

The little blue book is free from New Philanthropy Capital and is a concise and practical guide for anyone interested in helping charities to become better.


Other pro bono guides

Written by DLA Piper this guide is for the legal profession and has good examples of pro bono policy, conditions and cost agreement applicable to pro bono work in other professions: