This section will help you to build channels of communication between your group and your wider community. This might be local residents, people with a shared interest or people who support the aims of your campaign.

Involving people in your group requires two way communication. You might need to find out people’s views on an issue, help local people to make their voice hear, or provide opportunities for different people in your community to communicate with each other.

As well as the links below, you might find it useful to look at the Resource Centre’s section on Producing a neighbourhood newsletter.

Publicity is an important part of running a group. It is the way you let people know what you are doing and how they can get involved.

This section is full of information about how to publicise your group’s activities to your community and the public.

Local media contacts

Create a free page on our website to highlight what your local organisation does in the community.

Beginner’s Guide to Printing

Most community and voluntary groups need to produce printed material from time to time. Whether you are producing a monthly newsletter, a poster for a meeting or an information leaflet, it’s worth thinking right from the start about how you will print it.

Designing and using surveys

Surveys are useful for finding out people’s opinions about an issue, or to gather feedback about your group’s activities. This page provides tips on getting the most out of surveys.

Facebook for community groups

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

Involving people in your group

How do you get lots of people along to your meetings and events? How do you make sure that more than a handful of you are doing the bulk of the work?

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.

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.

A community group’s guide to radio and TV interviews

Tips about getting an interview on the radio or TV, and what to say once you’re there.

Facebook for community groups

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

Taking photos at community events

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

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.

Writing a news release

Tips for community groups about writing and sending a news release

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