Starting Up and Running Your Organisation
Community How To
Community How To is a new online service for anyone who wants to make things happen in their community. This service brings together the top tips and tools you might need in your organisation.
They list helpful websites for all manner of activities, including event-organising platforms, filesharing and fundraising sites, platforms to build your new website and for recruiting volunteers online. There is also space to give your feedback and comments, and to swap top tips with other volunteer organisations.
One Click Orgs
One Click Orgs is a London-based social enterprise which offers software for member technology. These include online platforms for setting up a new association, member administration, agenda management and voting.
Community Development and Social Enterprise
The following organisations advise on topics such as asset ownership, community-led planning, rural services, cooperative enterprises and environmental sustainability.
Locality is a nationwide network of social enterprises, development trusts and social action centres. They help people to set up locally owned and led organisations. They support existing organisations to work effectively through peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and best practice on community asset ownership, community enterprise, collaboration, commissioning support, social action, community voice, community rights and regeneration.
They provide a great set of resources and support on all things asset-ownership and community enterprise.
The Plunkett Foundation
The Plunkett Foundation helps rural communities take control through enterprise and asset ownership. They offer advice and resources on a wide range of topics, including community pubs, shops and all sorts of rural community enterprises and services.
Action with Communities in Rural England is the national umbrella body of the Rural Community Action Network (RCAN), which operates at national, regional and local level in support of rural communities across the country. They provide a rural community development centre of expertise that is extensively used by policy makers and practitioners.
Their members offer local rural support on a huge range of issues, including climate change, community-led planning and rural services.
Co-operatives UK is the national trade body that campaigns for co-operation and works to promote, develop and unite co-operative enterprises. Their website offers a great discussion forum, resources for co-operative enterprises and a handy quiz, to establish if a co-op is right for you.
Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
The Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens exists to support, represent and promote community-managed farms and gardens across the United Kingdom. They work with community groups to help empower local people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to build better communities, often in deprived areas, and to make a positive impact on their surrounding environment.
For advice on creating housing organisations differing from the CLT model but still controlled, managed and owned by their members.
Confederation of Cooperative Housing
CCH is the UK organisation for housing co-operatives, tenant-controlled housing organisations and regional federations of housing co-ops. A housing co-operative is a housing organisation that is controlled, managed and owned by its members. CCH offer resources and support to help budding housing co-ops and is a key lobbying body.
UK Cohousing Network
Co-housing communities are intentional communities. They are created and run by their residents. Each household has a self-contained, personal and private home but residents come together to manage their community, share activites, eat together.The UK Cohousing Network is the UK’s umbrella organisation for established and forming groups.
CDS Co-operatives is the largest co-operative housing service agency in England dedicated to promoting, developing, and servicing housing co-operatives controlled by the people who live in them. Their services include housing management and co-operative governance support.
Many CLT projects are innovative in the design and style of their builds. These organisations can help your CLT match affordable builds with practical infrastructure and engaging design, and can offer guidane on involving your community in the design and build of their environment.
The Glass-House Community-led Design
The Glass-House is a national charity that supports and promotes public participation and leadership in the design of the built environment. They provide independent advice, training and hands-on support to community groups and organisations, local authorities, developers, design practices and other stakeholders, to help them work more effectively together to create better quality places and spaces.
Design Council CABE
Design Council CABE uses design to ensure that communities and places are sustainable, adaptable and resilient. They work with community groups, town and parish councils and local authorities improve the design of local places and put good design at the centre of neighbourhood planning.
Community Energy Generation
There are many ways in which CLTs can provide energy for their communities. The organisations below provide advice and assistance on how communities can generate thir own energy.
Energy4all is a leading expert in community-owned renewable energy schemes. Based in Cumbria, they work across the UK and offer consultation and support with the project scope, business planning and technical aspects of each scheme.
Sharenergy is a not-for-profit organisation which helps communities find, build and own renewable energy generation. They offer a range of services from initial feasibility assessment to landowner liaison and assistance with business planning and community share issues.
The Welsh Government’s Ynni’r Fro programme uses European Structural Funds to offer social enterprises grant aid, loans and free, independent, hands-on advice and information to help social enterprises develop their own community scale renewable energy schemes across Wales.
Community Energy Scotland
Community Energy Scotland is a registered charity that provides practical help for communities on green energy development and energy conservation. They provide advice and support, financial support and networking opportunities for community-led energy projects.
Carbon Leapfrog is a business-led charity which offers a network of professionals to help with community-led energy generation projects. Their partners provide services of all types, from accountancy and legal support to technical expertise.
Pathfinder is a new Welsh Assembly funded programme to support communities across Wales to take action on climate change. Six Pathfinder Officers are now in post, each covering different areas of Wales. As well as providing support for groups across Wales, the Pathfinder is looking to find 18 communities across Wales, who will take part in a research project through the programme. These will work together with the Pathfinder Officers to build on existing climate change initiatives or develop new ones. At this initial stage of the Pathfinder programme, they would like to get in touch with as many groups / organisations as possible. You don’t have to be active on climate change to be involved – as long as you are interested in developing community projects in this area they want to hear from you!
Centre for Alternative Technology
CAT is an education and visitor centre which demonstrates practical solutions for sustainability. They cover all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing.
Other Useful Organisations
My Community Rights
My Community Rights is the national support service for all communities using the Community Rights to Build, Bid and Challenge, or producing neighbourhood plans. It is run by Locality with support from the Department of Communities and Local Government.