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Here at ‘Our Community Matters’ we aim to provide simple, easy to use advice to help you set up and run your community and voluntary groups. Our information pages are written in simple language and aim to give you all the help you will ever need. We update these information pages regularly and add new ones when we can. If you are looking for information on ...more

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Waste Not Want Not in Chippenham

Waste Not Want Not collects items of furniture and electrical goods that are no longer needed and sells them on at very low prices to people on limited income in North Wiltshire. By doing this, we also reduce landfill by 75 tonnes every year. With just two full time and one part time member of staff, we rely upon a dedicated team of volunteers. Many people join ...more

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First steps for new groups

When you are thinking about setting up a new group, it can be easy to get bogged down worrying about paperwork and formalities. Equally, it can cause problems later if you don’t put a few basic things in place to make sure your group is set up in a way that will work best for you. This section provides advice about getting people involved in your group, deciding ...more

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Setting the aims of your group

It’s a good idea to  work out the aims of your group before your first public meeting, so that everyone is clear from the start about what the group is all about. If you present this at your first meeting make sure someone writes down what the meeting has agreed and check that everyone is happy with the wording. Write a constitution This stuff can be off-putting ...more

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Opening a bank account

Running any group costs money and it’s a good idea to start thinking at the beginning about where to get it from and how to look after it. As soon as your group has some money, you will want to give one person responsibility for keeping track of it (the Treasurer). Having a group bank account is the best way to make sure the group’s money is kept safely. ...more

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Managing your money

Information and tips to help your whole committee take responsibility for looking after your group’s money. This is one of three information pages dealing with financial matters. The others are The role of the treasurer and Financial rules. Together, the three sheets aim to clarify who is responsible for what and give practical tips on handling money and book-keeping. This ...more

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Application

Writing a winning grant application

Writing an application for funding need not be a daunting prospect.  Keep in mind the funder’s aims – what are they looking for?   You chances of success will be much higher if your application meets your funder’s objectives. There are some basic things you must remember when writing your bid, follow these and you will increase your chances.  ...more

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First steps for new groups

First steps for new groups

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Opening a bank account

Opening a bank account

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