Whatever event you are running, planning an event generally involves similar basic tasks and things you need to think about. Getting an idea to become a successful reality can be hard work, and there are common mistakes which it is easy to avoid. This section contains a range of tips and information to help you to plan and run a successful event.

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!

Facebook for community groups

Simple information and tips for small, volunteer-run community organisations

Health and safety for community groups

An introduction to health and safety for community groups run by volunteers.

Managing money at an event

Tips to help keep track of your group’s cash when you’re running an event or stall

Organising a public meeting

Holding a public meeting can be a really good way of building a campaign or getting more people involved in your group.

Public liability and employer’s liability

Information to help community groups decide if they need public liability and/or employer’s liability insurance.

Risk assessment

A simple guide to risk assessment for community groups.

Running a crèche

Information for community groups about providing childcare at a one-off community event.

Taking photos at community events

A guide for community groups about how to respect people’s privacy when taking photos at your events

Writing a news release

Tips for community groups about writing and sending a news release

Data protection for community groups

A plain-English summary of data protection responsibilities for small, volunteer-run community groups, including how to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Running a Sports Group

Sport England Small Grants

Grants available for: Not-for-profit organisations and statutory organisations, delivering sports projects for people aged over-14.
Size of grants available: £300 – £10,000.
No deadlines.

Working with Children

Whether you are organising a one-off crèche or are running an organisation especially focused on activities for children, this section contains information about the things you will need to consider. It also contains links to our Favourite Funders for children’s and young people’s activities.

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