About Us

Cornwall Community Accountancy Service was the idea of our Chartered Certified Accountant Debbie Risborough. Debbie is a practising accountant who specialises in charities and not for profit organisations.

Many small charities and organisations have difficulties in putting together financial information. They struggle to make sufficient funds to maintain their charitable work and do not like to spend their funds on expensive accountancy services and try to produce their own records without professional help. As a qualified charted accountant this sometimes made Debbie’s work as their Independent Examiner more complex than needed and often led to their returns being late.

Through research on the Charity Commissions register in 2010 Debbie discovered 10.8% of all the registered charities in Cornwall had overdue returns, suggesting a need for affordable or free additional support with statutory accounts for community groups in Cornwall.

Debbie approached East Cornwall Council for Voluntary Services with her findings to see if there was a way they could work together to help these groups and improve the late return statistics in Cornwall. 100 questionnaires were sent to charities on the overdue list asking, what were the main problems they were experiencing with recording and providing statutory accounts. They were also asked what support they felt they needed to enable them to keep and produce accurate accounts with confidence.

Under 5’s concentrate on enjoying their day not worrying about their finances!


From these questionnaires CCAS was developed. A fee paying tailor made accountancy service for community groups and charities, which can also provide bursaries for those organisations not yet in a position to pay accountancy fees.

CCAS is a registered charity in its own right but is also a project under the Cornwall Community Action (CCA) partnership which comprises of Cornwall Rural Community Council (CRCC) and Penwith Community Development Trust (PCDT). We are pleased to be working with CCA and give a big thanks to CRCC and PCDT for their continued support.

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