If you are thinking about volunteering but not sure where to start try the Volunteering England website at: http://www.volunteering.org. uk/iwanttovolunteer
Or you can look for volunteering opportunities near you at CSV: http://www.csv.org.uk/find-us-near-you
Contact local community organisations, for example, CAB, Volunteering bureau or Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) for information; they may also be able to offer support with getting your ideas off the ground. Click here to find your nearest centre. http://www.volunteering.org.uk/iwanttovolunteer
If you are on benefits and are worried about volunteering see Volunteering – while getting benefits at: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/ docs/dwp1023.pdf, This leaflet tells you what to do if you want to volunteer whilst claiming benefits.
If you just want to get together with your neighbours then streetparty.org.uk gives good advice and has resources to support street parties and meets, it also has a list of links to other interesting websites you might want to take a look at: http://www.streetparty. org.uk/links.aspx ... or call Streets Alive Ltd. on: 0117 922 5708
You don’t always need insurance for an event see this advice at:
http://www.streetparty.org.uk/insurance-street-parties.aspx or call Streets Alive Ltd. on 0117 922 5708.
It applies to Street Parties but is relevant to other low key neighbourhood events.
Insurance can be useful in certain cases, Community Matters has its own insurers at: http://www.communitymatters.org.uk/content/351/ Insurance
They also have a dedicated phone line with advisers and information about setting up and running a group... call 0845 847 4253 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30am to 1pm.
The Health & Safety Executive have a ‘myth busting’ section to their website where you can check out any stories you’ve heard about Health & Safety: http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/index.htm
A good starting point for managing risk is the Volunteering England ‘Risk Toolkit’: http://www.ivr.org.uk/component/ivr/risk-toolkit-how-to-take-care-of-risk-in-volunteering-a-guide-for-organisations
The interactive guide ‘My Community Starter’ also has some good information about health and safety: http://www.mycommunitystarter.co.uk/healthandsafety.htm
There is also information about setting up a community group: http://www.communityhelpers.co.uk/setting-up-community-group. html
The My Community Starter website provides an interactive guide and will create a personalised starter pack for you to download: http://www.mycommunitystarter.co.uk/
There are some interesting stories about setting up community groups at:http://www.communitygroup.co.uk/
If you want to find out more about managing the finance of
a group you can contact Community Matters at: http:www.
... or call their dedicated phone line with advisers and information about setting up and running a group on: 0845 847 4253 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30am to 1pm.
For help with managing a budget see the Community Development Foundation’s useful one page guide: http://communities.cdf.org.uk/how-to/getting-funding/
For information about working with children and young people ask your local Children’s Centre or go online at: www.pre-school.org.uk/ parents/baby-and-toddler-groups ... or call the Pre-school Learning Alliance on: 020 7697 2500
UK Youth is a good starting point if you want to find a local youth association or get some general information about working with young people: http://www.ukyouth.org/about-us/our-work-withyoung- people.html#.Uh9nerwezBF ... or call: 02031 373810
For more information and guidance about DBS checks go online -
Or call 0870 909 0811, they are always happy to talk through individual cases.
There’s also a really useful check list at Volunteering
England: - http://www.volunteering.org.uk/component/gpb/
There are two flow-charts on this page, one about children and one about adults, which help you to decide whether to get DBS checks.
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