Organising a one-off workshop or activity session can be a great way to liven up your regular meetings or play sessions, or to attract people to a special event. We have information in this section to help you plan and organise fun, safe activities in your community.

Video-making tips for community groups

Video can be a really easy and effective way to get your message out. Here are a few tips to help you make a video that looks good and gets people’s attention.


Social events, performance nights and gigs can be fantastic ways to bring your community together, showcase your work or raise money. When organising these types of events you may need to think about ensuring you and your venue are meeting regulations and have the right licences in place, for example for playing music or selling alcohol.  You may also wish to take out insurance, and conduct a risk assessment, particularly if your event is open to the public.

If you are organising a fundraising event, you may also find our section on Raising Money useful.

Event planning checklist

However big or small your event is going to be, planning it will follow the same general pattern – and you will want to avoid the same common pitfalls!

Licensing and regulations for events and fundraising activities

Information for community groups about licensing and regulations for events and fundraising activities.

Food and Drink

If you provide food and drink at an event you need to make sure you comply with simple regulations. In particular, you need to make sure you have done what is necessary to ensure food safety, and that you do not break the law regarding the sale of alcohol. Information about both of these is available on our Licensing and Regulations information page.

Organising events and activities

This section brings together practical information and advice to help you organise successful events and activities. Whatever your group is doing – from holding a summer fair to planning a conference, from organising an after-school club to gathering support for a campaign – we have tips and useful contacts to help you achieve your goals.

Planning and organising Events
Practicalities of running an event
Working with Children
Running a Sports Group
Activities and workshops

Running a Community Building
Improving your neighbourhood
Food and Drink
Getting outside help with organising events and activities

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