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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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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. Our information on provides a set of basic rules for the day-to-day handling of money and record-keeping; you can either adopt these rules or use them as guidelines to write your own. Managing money can be a headache, so getting it well organised from ...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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