Starting a New Group


Community groups often start with a conversation about how to fix a problem a community faces or with an idea to create something new for a community. No matter what type of group you are thinking of starting there are a number of key steps you need to take before you can start to operate. The Community Toolkit guides you through the things you need to consider when starting a new group or reviewing the governance and runnign of an existing groups.

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Identifying Need and Starting a Steering Group

How do you define your idea, assess if there is a need for it and set-up a steering group? This guide takes you through the key steps you should take to assess if your idea could become a reality.

Legal Structures and Organisation Types

What legal and operating structure should your group adopt? This guide reviews the different types of structure for community groups and how to register for them.

Governing Documents, Policies and Procedures

Governing documents, policies and procedures establish a framework for how a group operate, this guide takes you through what you need to consider. From writing your constitution to ensuring compliance to regulations.

Community Profiling and Engagement

Understanding your community and the needs of the people in it is essential when setting-up a new group or developing an existing one. This guide helps you to work with your community to understand their needs and gain support.

Group Identity and Promotion

Having a recognisable group identity and clear promotional message will make it easier to publicise your services, raise awareness of what you do and build your reputation. This guide looks at how to plan your promotion and ensure you have a consistent image and message.

Feasibility Studies

The main purpose of a feasibility study is to consider all the factors associated with a group and determine if the investment of time, resources and money will help the group achieve what it set out to do. This guide explains what you should expect a feasibility to show and the key outcomes from one.

Developing and Writing Plans

Good management begins with planning. Having robust plans in place from the very start will clarify your long-term goals and focus your resources. This guide looks at the main plans a group should have and how to create them.