How we can support your group

Whether you are a new group or a well established charity, we can help with the following –

Annual Accounts Preparation – We can prepare your annual accounts in a way that complies with required legislation.

Independent Examination of Accounts – We can act as Independent Examiners for your charity or charitable company. If you are a charitable organisation with an income under £1,000,000 you are likely to be eligible to have an Independent Examination rather than a full statutory audit.

Training – As well as running group training sessions we also offer one-to-one training and support tailored to your group.

General financial advice – We are available via e-mail or telephone to answer any finance related queries that you may have – no query is too small. If we don’t know the answer we will either find out or sign-post you to someone who does.

Financial Health Check of your organisation – We can give an in-depth review of all of your financial systems and report back to you on the strengths and weaknesses of your group. We will also suggest ways that you can improve the systems and give support as required to enable you to do this.

Payroll service – We offer a comprehensive payroll facility that is efficient, easy to use and is a cost effective solution to the payroll needs of charities, voluntary organisations, community groups and individuals in receipt of Direct Payments. We also now offer managed accounts for individuals in receipt of Direct Payments.

Book keeping services – We offer a bookkeeping service in which we either come to your organisation as required to maintain your accounts or you send us the information – this can be as a one off or on a regular basis.

Good Practice Guides – We have a set of good practice guides available free of charge which cover many aspects of running your organisation. These are available to download from our website or e-mail

Budget Preparation and or Cash Flow Preparation – Do you need to prepare a budget or cash flow statement for your entire organisation or for a particular funding bid and not sure where to start. We can give you advice and support on this.

Consultancy – We can provide consultancy services to your organisation on an ad hoc or longer term basis. This can even include supporting/managing your own finance employees.

Cloud Computerised Accounting – We have developed a partnership with Quickbooks Online – this allows us to supply Quickbooks Accounting software at a discounted price.

Listed are just a few of the services that we can offer your organisation, if you require something different please do not hesitate to contact us. Whatever services we can offer your group we will do so in a friendly and professional manner. From experience we are aware that sometimes you may just need the reassurance that you are doing it right or that you have a small issue that you are not sure how to deal with, we work on the principle that no question is a silly one and no issue is to small for us to work through with you.

Why you should utilise the services of the Community Accountancy Service
ERVAS Community Accountancy and Payroll Service has been providing support solely to the Voluntary and Community Sector for 9 years and has developed an excellent reputation for providing a good quality and accessible service.

We are the Charity Specialists. We have fully qualified staff with charity specialisms and aim to support you with all aspects of accountancy. Our Community Accountant is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and also holds the Diploma in Charity Accounting (DChA) issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

The service is self-funding and very competitive. Many Community Accountancy Services have had to close due to not developing in a sustainable way. We anticipate that over the next 3-5 years this service will be fully sustainable with the support of our Voluntary Sector clients.

Please note: We do make a charge for our services, so please contact us for a quote. The majority of our work is in the East Riding of Yorkshire but we can and do work outside of this area.