Getting outside help with running your group
All groups are welcome to drop in at the Resource Centre to ask a question, check our noticeboards and reference library or have a brief chat with our knowledgeable front desk staff.
We offer additional support to:
- Tenants’ or Residents’ Associations for Brighton & Hove City Council tenants and leaseholders, and/or
- Groups run by and for people living in an area of social housing, and/or
- Groups run by and for black and minority ethnic people, and/or
- Groups run by and for disabled people.
If you think you may be eligible, contact us to find out whether we can help.
See below for more details on support we can offer to help you with running your group.
Click the Links tab above for details of other organisations who offer training, consultancy and information to help you run your group. Community Works have a useful list of local support organisations on their website.
The Resource Centre conducts free independent accounts examinations for some groups.
Is your Annual General Meeting coming up soon? The Resource Centre can help you prepare.
Being a newly-elected chair can feel quite daunting, but if you can listen to others, be kind and fair, and be well-organised, you can be a good chair. The chair doesn’t need to have all the answers and shouldn’t be expected to do all the work. The Resource Centre can help you develop skills and techniques to chair meetings, support the committee and deal with difficult situations.
If you are the Secretary for your group, the Resource Centre can help you to understand your role and to develop skills and techniques to support your group effectively.
You don’t need to be a financial wizard to keep a group’s accounts, and it can be a straightforward and satisfying job. Anyone can learn it – but you do need to know what is expected of you and feel confident you are doing it right.
Creating a newsletter can be a really useful way of keeping members of your group regularly updated on important local issues, upcoming events and on the work of your group. But it does involve a bit of forward planning and will take a bit of time.
At the Resource Centre we can help groups to produce publicity and stationery, and provide administrative support.
These books are available at the Resource Centre, for reference only. If you prefer to borrow them, some of the titles are available at local libraries in Brighton & Hove. Groups based in Sussex are welcome to come in and browse our bookshelf and noticeboards.
The services listed below are not provided by the Resource Centre. These are websites and services we feel are particularly useful for small groups in Brighton & Hove, and which are not easy to find by searching the internet.
Most useful services for local groups
Finding volunteers, Help with developing policies and sample policies, Help with fundraising, Information about managing volunteers, Information on funding sources, Information on managing community and voluntary sector groups, Information on running a group, Networking and finding other community groups, One to one support with managing money, Providers of example equal opportunities policies, Statistics and data, Training for community groups, Training in book-keeping
Community Works runs the following projects for the voluntary sector in Brighton & Hove:
- A network of elected representatives, who speak on behalf of the sector at council and strategic partnership meetings.
- Five networks where community and voluntary groups can get together and share experiences, information and views
- Volunteer Centre services: The volunteer centre has produced a good practice guide for community groups who work with volunteers. It includes sample forms and policies for groups to adapt. They also run a forum for volunteer managers. Information about both these services is available on the Good Practice page of their website.
- Support for trustees and management committee members
- Business skills volunteering, which brokers relationships between voluntary groups and businesses
- A programme of training courses
- A mentoring scheme
- One-to-one consultancy
- A funding bid reading service
- A bank of sample policies and procedures, to help larger organisations develop their own policies.
- a free monthly DBS advice surgery in partnership with Safety Net, on the first Thursday of every month. You need to book a half-hour slot in advance. If you are using Safety Net for your DBS applications, you can also bring forms and ID documents for checking at the surgery.
Community Works also provides support for groups who receive funding from Brighton & Hove Community Health Fund.
They have an electronic voting system which is available to hire. This consists of hand-held pads which can be used by people in a meeting to vote. The results are then displayed instantly on a laptop. They also have a wooden ballot box, which groups can borrow.
A useful collection of simple information sheets on running groups, covering things like What Insurance do we need?, The committee's essential responsibilities, A Glossary of Committee and Meeting terms, Committee rifts and disputes, How well does your group run?, and a Good Practice Guide on Volunteering.
- Finding volunteers
- Getting outside help with IT
- Getting outside help with running a sports group
- Help with developing a safeguarding policy
- Help with developing a website
- Help with developing constitutions and sample constitutions
- Help with developing policies and sample policies
- Help with fundraising
- Help with layout and design for publicity and newsletters
- Help with project planning
- Information on running a group
- Legal advice
- Mediation for community groups
- One to one support with managing money
- Support for black and minority ethnic groups
- Training for community groups