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

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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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Health and Safety

This is an introduction to health and safety for community groups run by volunteers, that don’t have any employees or control any premises.  It includes tips and ideas for keeping people well and safe at your events and activities, information on how and why to write a health and safety policy, and some sample policies. This sheet includes: Health and Safety ...more

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Risk Assessments

A simple guide to risk assessments for community groups. Whatever your group does, from organising a street party to running a community building, you have a responsibility to do what you can to make sure people don’t get hurt. Doing a risk assessment can help with this. What is a risk assessment? A risk assessment lists the different hazards that people might ...more

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Using the Disclosure and Barring Ser...

Many community groups and organisations run services for children and adults in which it is important to safeguard participants against abuse and neglect. One way to do this is to check whether prospective volunteers and employees have a criminal record which makes them unsuitable for particular roles within your group. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) ...more

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Your starting point for grant fundin...

Every community group needs funding to deliver its local activities.  This can come from subscriptions, donations, membership fees, sponsorship, trading, fundraising and grants. Grants are a key source of funding and are available from a range of sources.  Funders are keen to support local community groups providing activities and services to the community ...more

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