What is a community group?
A community group is a group of people who have a mutual interest or similar circumstances and goals. They are normally made up of local people some of whom will be involved with the running of the group by being on the committee. Some examples of Tameside’s diverse and varied community organisations include a social luncheon for older Pakistani woman, a homing pigeon group, girls football, youth drama and fishing clubs as well as the usual dance organisations, singing groups, sports clubs and uniformed clubs, such as Scouts and Guides.
If you are considering starting up a community group then you need to think about:
- What do you want to do?
- Where do you want to do it?
- Who do you want to do it with?
Research - are you filling a gap or could you collaborate with another group?
If you still want to start up a group you will need:
- A committee of at least three people.
- A constitution.
- A bank account in the group's name (with at least two unrelated signatories).
You will also need to consider:
- Policies (where relevant, Safeguarding Children and Young People/Vulnerable Adults etc).
- Getting volunteers.