If you’re thinking of bringing your neighbours together and forming a community or resident’s group, we’d love to help you out. We can help you form a group, get funding, and work out how you can achieve your aims.
If you choose to create a formal group with an elected committee and an agreed constitution, we can pay you £100 every year to cover your running costs.
Most resident’s groups are formed with specific purposes in mind, for example fundraising for community activities or creating a network to share skills in the neighbourhood. As a first step, we’d suggest talking to your neighbours and finding out if there’s appetite for whatever you have in mind. If lots of people are interested, then you can start recruiting people to help you start the group and take on a role. Once you’ve done that, you’ll find all you need to formalise your resident group in the resources list at the bottom of the page. Finally, get in touch with your Neighbourhood or Scheme Manager to let them know about your plans.
It might be that you don’t need to do anything very formal, you could test out your idea first without getting lots of people involved or you’re welcome to just get going without us. For example, a tool and garden equipment sharing network can be easily set up using a WhatsApp group or email list.
So, if you’re thinking of starting something up, get in touch with your neighbours and see if they’re keen – then get in touch with your Neighbourhood or Scheme Manager (or Support Worker) and we’ll help you take it from there.
If you’ve got any questions, you can also contact one of our great Community Development team.
Resources for creating a formal group
Guide to creating a community group consitution [pdf]
Template for a community group constitution [pdf]
Guide to opening a community bank account [pdf]