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Guidance and support for voluntary and community groups

Support and guidance to start and run a community or voluntary group and developing projects.

There are a variety of local and national organisations offering advice and guidance to community groups on how to run a community project, including setting up as a group, fundraising, event planning and making sure you following legal requirements.

Dorset Community Action (opens in a new window) can offer advice, training and support to voluntary and community sector groups and organisations.

Volunteer Centre Dorset (opens in a new window) can offer advice about working with volunteers.

The Community Matters (opens in a new window) Community Action Milton Keynes (opens in a new window) and My Community Starter (opens in a new window) websites both offer a wide range of resources including policy templates and things to think about when setting up a community organisation.

Locality (opens in a new window) (a nationwide network of community-led organisations) can also provide advice and support.

The Charity Commission (opens in a new window) website has guidance on how to go about setting up and operate as a charity.

The Community Development Foundation (opens in a new window) have set up a website called Just Act (opens in a new window) which offers advice on how to make things happen and improve your community.

The following pages offer an overview of the things you should think about when setting up a group or running a project.  Do contact the above organisations or your local council for advice if you're not sure about the best approach to take, because you will need to be a constituted group to apply for funding and different group structures may be more appropriate than others.

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