Feel passionate about something in your community? Can’t find any other groups that are meeting the need? Starting a community group or charity may be your next step. We can help you set up your new group or charity, plan your activities, identify funding, run your group effectively, and put you in touch with other groups or charities working in a similar line. If you are considering starting up a new group or charity, our support team is here to help you with the information and resources you need.
Q: Do I have to have a full committee in place before I ask for help?
No, you can contact us if you need some advice or would just like to chat through your idea. If we know of an existing group already we may be able to put you in touch with them. If there is no other group or you want to continue with your idea we can advise you on the next steps.
Q: How many people do we need to form a committee?
That will depend on what you want to do but the minimum will usually be three people.
Q: Can you help us put together a constitution?
Yes, we can do that for you. There are a number of possible forms that your organisation could take and we will be able to help you choose what best meets your needs. We will write up your constitution/governing document and help you to plan your inaugural meetings to get things started. There may be a small charge for this if you choose an incorporated model (company limited by guarantee or SCIO)
Q: We’ve never been on a committee before, what do we need to know ?
Even people who have been involved in committees before can benefit from some refresher training. We offer every new organisation the chance for its committee members to attend committee skills training sessions. This will cover roles and responsibilities, how to conduct and minute meetings and lots of helpful do’s and don’ts.
Q: Can you help us to plan and get started?
Yes, once your group is set up we can help you put together your first plan. We do this through our monthly development surgeries where our team can help you flesh out what you are planning to do, why, and how you will go about it. Drawing up a plan will help you to decide on priorities and you will need a plan like this if you want to apply for a grant.
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