Where do we start?
The first step is to make sure that no other group is doing what
you want to do. However, if you are confident that there is no one
else and have made sure that the project or service is needed then
a new group may be required.
Setting up and running an organisation takes time, effort,
commitment and resources. The following information sheets provide
a good starting point and cover the basic areas you need to
Initially all groups need a governing document which needs to be
agreed by the committee. Sometimes referred to as a constitution,
the governing document sets out how the group is to be run.
Who should be involved?
First you need to set up a small group that is responsible for
running the project. This should include people from a cross
section of the community including those that the project is aimed
at. Ideally the group needs to have people with a broad mix of
skills and abilities. Try to avoid making the group too large,
about 6-8 people is about right. If you have too many in the group,
it can become difficult to manage. If the group is too small people
can become overloaded and you may not have a sufficient range of
How do we get more people involved?
There are various community participation methods that can help
you get more people involved in the project. Participation Cymru provides innovative training,
information and support in participatory approaches to citizen and
community engagement, development and regeneration.