People get involved in working in their local communities for all manner of reasons. 

What would motivate you may be very different to what motivates others: personal experiences, protecting loved ones and/or others who have faced similar personal situations, or maybe just wanting life in their communities to be that much better.

Here is a list of resources to help you understand the benefits of cohesive communities, and what powers you have to affect change in yours.

If you think that we've missed anything, or you would to ask any questions, drop us a line! 

Why get involved with your community

This page helps explain some of the reasons why people want to get involved, and outlines the benefits for them; their friends, families and communities as a consequence of this activity. It also highlights the particular benefits for young people in getting involved in their community.

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but it might just provide you with that little bit of inspiration that getting involved in your community is worthwhile, for everyone!!

Click here to find out more.

Understanding community rights under Localism Act 2011

The Act was introduced by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition Government as part of a huge shift in power from central Whitehall, to local public servants, and from bureaucrats to communities and individuals.

Whilst many are skeptical about whether it has had any genuine impact, it is certainly worth getting to grips with the new rights and powers that is supposed to give individuals and communities.

This guide will tell you all you need to know about the Localism Act!

What alternatives are there to starting a community group

Sometimes issues arise that people are so personally concerned about, that they want to use their time to help address those issues and seek to change them for the better.

To do this inevitably requires working together with others who share the same interests and/or concerns. Much of the general advice you may come across about how you go about organising such activities advocates forming formal groups, but is that always necessary?

Here we look at potential alternatives to starting a new formal group, the circumstances when that might be appropriate, as well as when formality is essential.