Establish a project group, if one doesn't already exist.
It’s important to involve a range of people in your project to ensure the process and outcome represents the whole community.
An enthusiastic and motivated group of people can inspire and rally the community to a cause, allocate and organise tasks and help realise a project.
Starting a new group from scratch takes time and energy. Here are some helpful tips:
- Before you start, contact your local Community Development Advisor (CDA(external link)) for advice on existing community or project groups you can work with.
- Be open and welcome everyone.
- Look for those voices that aren’t being heard.
- Draw on the skills, knowledge and resources of those around you.
- Acknowledge and recognise the time and effort of volunteers.
- Go where the energy is – the best result will come from supporting people's interests and passions.
- Stay positive and be prepared to hit a few issues or problems along the way.
The following may assist:
- CommunityNet Aotearoa(external link): Guide to establishing a community group
- The National Institute for Health Research (UK):(external link) templates for organising groups
- Our Community Group(external link): Different steps to productive meetings
- Seeds for Change [PDF, 1.4 MB]: Tools and ideas for facilitating group meetings
To establish a project group you will likely need to invest the following:
|Time||1 to 4 weeks||Varies depending on the issue and community commitment.|
|Cost||$0 to $1000||Less expensive when using existing networks or social media. Increases if you have expenses such as printing flyers or providing catering at meetings.|
|Effort||Moderate||Varies depending on the project leader's and the community's capacity.|