Publicity and communication

All groups need to communicate – with their members, with the public, with funders and supporters, or with people in power. This section has practical advice and information about how to get your message across in the most effective way, including tips on using the media.

Click on the Print tab at the top of this page to find out more about our Community Print Room, and how we can help you produce low-cost, effective publicity materials and newsletters.

Printing isn’t the only way you can produce your own publicity. Many groups use websites, email and social networking sites to get their message across. See the Links tab for information and advice from SCIP and other local organisations who can support you in exploring these options.

Making your own video – whether as part of a website, to put up on YouTube, or to distribute on a DVD – can also be a good way of presenting your ideas. Click on the Equipment tab at the top of this page for details of how to hire a professional video camera from the Resource Centre, as well as other equipment to help you communicate.

  • Data protection for community groups

    A plain-English summary of data protection responsibilities for small, volunteer-run community groups, including how to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • Designing and using questionnaires

    A community group’s guide to creating and using questionnaires.

  • How to make your newsletter look good

    This information sheet gives tips and advice on designing a newsletter. It’s part of a series of four about producing community newsletters, which can be read together or separately.

  • How to write clearly

    This page gives you tips on how to write clearly. It’s part of a series of four on producing community newsletters, which can be read together or separately.

  • Involving people in your group

    How do you get lots of people along to your meetings and events? How do you make sure that more than a handful of you are doing the bulk of the work?

  • Local media contacts

    Media contacts in Brighton and Hove that are useful for community groups.

  • News release

    Tips on writing a news release

  • Newsletter checklist

    A sample checklist you can use to plan the production of your group’s community newsletter.

  • Planning a community newsletter

    This information sheet is designed to help your group produce a successful community newsletter.

  • Radio and TV interviews

    Tips about getting an interview on the radio or TV, and what to say once you’re there.

  • State your case

    How to write a briefing sheet for a campaign

  • Taking photos at community events

    A guide for community groups about how to respect people’s privacy when taking photos at your events

  • Video making tips

    Video can be a really easy and effective way of telling people about your group or event. Here are a few tips to help you make a video that is interesting, inspiring and keeps people interested.

  • What will you put in your community newsletter?

    Ideas about things to include in your newsletter, plus advice about copyright and libel.

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

Laptops and data projectors to hire: People can hire an individual laptop or suite of Internet-ready PC laptops with projector for training. They are particularly keen to help small groups with no paid staff.
Will build a website for your organisation and provide a manual on how you can maintain and update it. Contact them for details of prices.
SCIP also run bespoke training in IT and social media. Check their website for more details.

Community information database for East Sussex, Brighton & Hove. Contains contact details for local voluntary and community organisations, plus information about community events.

Full colour handbills, leaflets, newsletters, booklets, reports, business forms, invoice sets, letterheads, compliment slips, posters etc.
Also t-shirt printing and embroidered sweat shirts, caps, bags and badges.

Other services you might find useful

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