An inspired and motivated group of people can rally your community to a cause, organise efforts into effective tasks and help bring your idea to life.
Starting a new group from scratch can take a lot of time and energy. Here are some helpful tips:
- Before you start contact the Council's local Community Development Advisor (CDA) for advice on existing community or project groups you can work with on your project.
- Be open and welcoming.
- 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 your 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 speed bumps along the way.
The following websites and resources may assist:
- CommunityNet Aotearoa: Guide to establishing a community group(external link)
- The National Institute for Health Research (UK) - templates for organising groups(external link)
- Our Community Group: Different steps to productive meetings(external link)
- Seeds for Change: Tools and ideas for facilitating group meetings [PDF 1.8 MB](external link)
|Time||Medium||Although may take shorter or longer depending on the issue and community capacity.|
|Cost||Low to Medium||Low, especially when using existing networks or social media, to Medium, e.g. if have flyers and/or providing catering at first meeting.|
|Effort||Medium||Although may be Low to High depending on leader's and community's capacity.|