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  • How to engage with young people in your community

    Fair Share Trust Local Agents and their funded projects have used a wide range of activities and models to engage with young people. This how-to looks at some of these alternative ways of reaching young people, and – more importantly – how to keep them engaged.

  • Encouraging diversity in volunteering

    How the Volunteer Centre Dorset started a community credit scheme.

  • How to set up a community garden

    Community gardens are thriving. Food poverty, pressures on food banks and long allotment waiting lists have led to a growing trend in community gardening. These gardens provide a great place for the community to come together, to share and learn new skills, whilst growing fresh local produce. The gardens also provide a multitude of therapeutic and wellbeing benefits. Here's how to set up a community garden.

  • Viability of community shared ownership of a voluntary sector building

    Voluntary Action Sheffield shares its rationale for exploring a community shared ownership model for its building, the Circle.

  • Tailored support to help Leicestershire communities take ownership of community libraries, and how they thrived

    Helen Oparinde of Voluntary Action Leicestershire (VAL) explains how communities of Leicestershire took on community-managed libraries.

  • Smarter working through a cloud based digital platform

    Bradford District Infrastructure Partnership (BDIP) share their experience of using technology to enhance services, become more sustainable and better connected, and provide smarter support to 2000 community organisations.

  • Starting a local resilience organisation

    How we started a local resilience organisation called Snow Angels - a winter-time 'emergency squad' for our local neighbourhood. How we got 120 volunteers in a few weeks and the technology we set up to make it highly responsive.

  • Making volunteering inclusive with support from mentors and befrienders

    Kettering Community Unit (KCU) shares their experience of setting up their Inclusive Volunteering Project, which is supported by mentors and befrienders. The project has achieved NCVO's Approved Provider Standard.

  • How to Plan a Charity Event

    Charity events can be a great way to raise money for a good cause while presenting a visible and positive approach to publicising your cause to the community. Below you will find some pointers on how to plan a successful charity event and to get the most out of it.

  • How to deal with a challenging panel

    Every Fair Share Trust panel is unique to its local area. When working properly, they consist of people who represent a wide variety of interests and services, all of whom have an active part to play in the community and who work with Local Agents to set local Fair Share Trust priorities and award funding. It’s unsurprising that clashes of opinions occur. While it’s important to encourage passion for the work of the Fair Share Trust, some areas have encountered small groups or individuals whose enthusiasm is counterproductive, making it difficult to reach a consensus.

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