Help for Officers


The GA aims to support Unitarians that play an official role within their congregation such as lay leaders, committee chairs, treasurers, secretaries and committee members. This support includes the Help is at Hand congregational governance handbook, information about buildings management, web support, charity law, training and a range of useful guides and forms.

Help is at Hand resource

Help is at Hand is the congregational governance handbook. This booklet is intended to provide help to the leaders of congregations. It contains advice on many of the topics which you are likely to consider in carrying out your tasks. 

Auto Enrolment (AE)

Guidance and help on the implications of auto enrolment.

Building Management

Building Management support and advice to help you maintain your building.

Charity Law

Information on the Charity Commission and charity law.

General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR)

The new regulatons come into effect in May 2018. Please see our GDPR page for more information and sample forms.

Web Support

Support to help you build a modern and attractive website. Futher information at Web Support facility.

Guides, forms and reports

The General Assembly has produced various guides, forms and reports to help the smooth running of your congregation.

Social Media Guidelines

Guidelines on social media for Unitarian ministers, lay leaders, district and congregational officers, and staff, as well as any person who may represent the movement in a third party organisation or in the wider community.


The Training for Local Leadership module of the Modular Training Scheme has been specifically developed to give church officers the skills required to get the best out of the role. Find more information at the Modular Training Scheme. You may also be interested in the Building Our Identity resource: A programme designed to explore and foster understanding of the Object of the General Assembly. Printed copies of Education and Training Publications can be ordered from Essex Hall.