First steps for new groups
There are many different reasons why you may want to set up a group. These are just a few:
- There may be a proposed development in your neighbourhood which many people feel strongly about
- You may have had a good idea and need some more people to help make it happen
- You may want to meet up with other people who have had similar experiences to yours, so that you can offer each other friendship, support and advice
- You may want to give an existing group a recognised structure in order to attract funding
- You might feel strongly about a particular problem or issue and want to get more people together to do something about it
- You might have noticed that adults or children in your community would benefit from a particular type of activity and want to make this available to them.
If you really care about something, the idea of starting a group to do something about it can be both exciting and daunting. Use this section to help you think through the first steps and start to get things moving.
First steps when thinking about starting a new group, and links to further information.
Holding a public meeting can be a really good way of building a campaign or getting more people involved in your group. Here are a few ideas to help you organise a meeting that is interesting, accessible and run smoothly.
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.
- Charities and Public Benefit
- Charity essentials (for Pre-schools)
- Community Matters: Reference Manual for Community Organisations Advisers
- Community start up
- Doing it for ourselves - a guide to setting up and managing a refugee community organisation
- Eradicate poverty: a resource pack for community organisations
- First steps - a guide to developing out of school clubs for community associations or similar groups
- Getting involved - a practical manual
- How to set up a refugee community organisation
- Meetings and decision-making (Booklet 3 of 5 of the "From Conflict to Cooperation" Series)
- Ready Steady Go - starting up and running your out of school kids club
- Role and responsibilities of the committee (Booklet 5 of 5 of "From Conflict to Cooperation" series)
- Setting up and running Tenants' and Residents' Associations
- Simply Finance: A comprehensive guide to the different options for financing a community enterprise
- Simply Legal: All you need to know about legal forms and organisational types for community enterprises
- Starting a crèche - a guide for community groups
- The Complete Guide to Creating and Managing New Projects for Voluntary Organisations
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.Other services you might find useful