The Community Toolkit resource puts a wide range of essential information and development guidelines for Third Sector success at your fingertips.
Thanks to the SVA Developing Organisations strand, 25 Third Sector Interface organizations now feature the Community Toolkit as part of their own online service provision. Originally launched in 2004, the networks’ chosen ‘shared resource’ contains a wealth of quality assured information and developmental tools essential to the supporting of community groups and projects of all sizes. Over 2011, 54 staff from a total of 19 TSI benefited from Web Usability workshops and visits from the Community Toolkit team, helping them to make the most of their own websites. The project has also seen a major restructuring of the resource and the addition of new topics and sections such as Trading as a Social Enterprise, Community Planning and Volunteering.
The quality assured content on the Community Toolkit is written and updated with input from a variety of field experts and agencies, and maintained by Skye & Lochalsh CVO Community Toolkit team.
Learn more About the Toolkit and find out where you can see it in action.
On the Community Toolkit:-
Setting Up a Community Group – from identifying the need and listening to your community, through to choosing a structure, writing a constitution and forming a committee….
Managing and Developing Your Group – including planning, monitoring and evaluation, Data Protection, holding meetings through to all the financial considerations such as the preparation and independent examination of accounts
Generating Income – including trading as a social enterprise
People Management – all aspects of working with your customers and clients, members and the recruitment and retention of paid staff, working with vulnerable adults and children etc
Volunteering – from recruitment to management of volunteer staff
Resource Management – running a village hall or community transport scheme including legal requirements for licensing
Community Planning – including Third Sector involvement and Single Outcome Agreements
There are also Simple Step Guides to take you through some of the more common scenarios, a useful Jargon Buster and a dedicated About the Toolkit section.