Support

We aim to provide simple, easy to use advice to help you set up and run your community and voluntary groups.

Start here – our support menu

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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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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Fundraising ideas

This information sheet aims to help you get started with applying to local businesses for small amounts of money or items that are useful to your group, such as raffle prizes or equipment you need for an activity. It includes advice and tips about asking local businesses for donations, and some sample letters. For more help with fundraising, go to our grants ...more

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Event planning checklist

However big or small your event is going to be, planning it will follow the same general pattern – and include some common pitfalls!  If you allow plenty of time to plan, follow this simple 10 step checklist and keep your fingers crossed for good weather your event should run like clockwork. Give your Community Engagement Manager a shout, they might be able ...more

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Licensing and regulations for events

On this post you will find loads of information that will help you deal with the common forms of regulation you will run into when planning a public event.  We have included links to the right places to make it easy for you to get everything you need checked and approved. Remember, better safe than sorry! And remember, we are on your side.  We want to make ...more

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Equality and diversity policies for ...

Planning and writing an equality and diversity policy for small volunteer-run community groups. An equality and diversity policy is simply a written agreement for your group about how you will avoid discriminating against people, and how you will create a safe and inclusive atmosphere for your members and service users. It will also help you to know how to manage ...more

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