- Local government and professional organisations are more responsive to well-organised groups than equally large numbers of disorganised individuals.
- They enable people to share information and help each other to solve issues.
- They stimulate debate and discussion to provoke community-led action.
- They bring together a variety of people with different skills, ideas and resources to address particular issues.
- A recognised group is more likely to generate material and financial support from public and private sectors.
Have a look at our fact sheet about setting up a community group.
How can your group be more effective?
- Value honesty.
- Create an environment where members feel free to speak their mind.
- Set goals – what constitutes “success”.
- Determine roles – what’s expected of the members? What is expected of each other?
- Agree on rules – what are the agreements on decision-making, working together and how to act?
- Relationships – how do members handle conflict, ambiguity, rumor, secrecy, trust?
- Results – how does the group measure its effectiveness? What are the performance indicators?
- Rewards – what’s in it for the group – individually and collectively? Is everyone OK with that?