Resources for Community Groups
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Content throughout VolResource is written for those involved with small to medium size voluntary or community organisations. There is huge diversity within this grouping with, for instance, some community based groups being larger than various national bodies in terms of staff and funding. To separate out content as only applicable to a sub-sector would generally be wrong, but we have come up with some specific pointers and a few topics of interest.
- Community Media is on the Getting your message across page.
- Local contacts Many community based sites. Includes ACRE, the rural communities group.
- Professional bodies - Community Matters (especially if you manage a community building), Functional support - Community Transport etc. Community Accountacy projects on Accountancy Services.
- See under Social Economy for community businesses; Planning and Urban includes regeneration.
This is a listing style page, in the Information Sources grouping.
UK Community Foundations (was Community Foundation Network) provides support and common point of reference for local community foundations throughout the country, and advice for anyone wishing to establish one in a new area. Arena House, 66-68 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9HS, phone 020 7713 9326.
Community Work Education and Training Network (web site disappeared) is/was a Northern Ireland membership body, which promotes good practice in community development through education and training.
Federation for Community Development Learning 3rd Floor, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield, S1 4FW, phone 0114 253 6770 , email: email@example.com
Scottish Community Development Centre You can join their mailing list, access their Health Network and info on resources for community development at their web site. Also see Community Development Alliance Scotland.
Community Development Exchange (CDX) has closed down, end of 2012, due to lack of funds. Membership organisation for community development - 'supporting people who support communities'. Was at Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE, phone 0114 241 2760.
Community Development Foundation Website covers such areas as Social Inclusion, Regeneration as well as community development and details of its own projects.
Community Development Finance Association. Trade association for community development finance institutions. Room 101, Hatton Square Business Centre, 16/16a Baldwin Gardens, London, EC1N 7RJ, phone 020 7430 0222.
Asset Transfer Unit of Locality provides advice, guidance and support concerning the transfer of under-used land and buildings from the public sector to community ownership and management.
- Community Ownership Support Service is a Scottish government funded project to help community-based groups in Scotland to take on land or building assets for their community. It also supports local authorities wishing to transfer a building or land asset.
ARVAC, the sector research body, used to have a Community Research Project to help community groups to undertake research. Still worth checking what training and support is available.
Community Relations Council in Northern Ireland promotes better community relations and recognition of cultural diversity.
Community Tool Box aims to "support your work in promoting community health and development", but much of what they offer could be equally useful to others involved in community settings. Sample topics: group facilitation, social marketing, community planning, plus there are some trouble-shooting guides. Not sure the categorisation of material always works, but fairly easy to navigate.
Planning Aid (England) offers free, independent and professional advice on town planning matters to community groups and individuals who cannot afford to employ a planning consultant.
Community Planning is a site to help people shape their cities, towns and villages.
Village Halls info from SCVO (they used to have a dedicated website) for anyone involved with village halls and community buildings in Scotland.
International Association for Community Development "building a global network of people and organisations working toward social justice through community development".
There are some research bodies interested in community perpectives - see our listings page.
Two (defunct) programs to help you put together and analyse surveys at a community level:
Compass for Windows was from Policy Research Institute, Leeds Metropolitan University, but seems to have disappeared. 30 day evaluation version, £95 + VAT single user licence for community groups. Phone 0113 283 1749, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Village Appraisals for Windows from Countryside and Community Research Institute. Launched April '98, £75 for a complete pack - probably no longer available.
Community Impact Bucks (previously Bucks Community Action) had Village and Community Appraisals pages, now removed? Their definition:
a survey of an area carried out by the people who live or work there.
a way of gathering facts and opinions about the community from local people themselves.
can be conducted in a village, parish or urban community.
involves all local people and which benefits the area.
may identify what needs conserving and what needs improving or changing.
Rural Resources is experienced in community consultation - see Consultancy Services.
Also see Achieving Better Community Development - Planning and Monitoring page.