In your community
There are many ways you can get your local community to take action on sustainability.
Follow our five steps.
Decide on your activity
- What are you passionate about – fashion, gardening, sport?
- What do you want to achieve – an increase in awareness, a change in people’s behaviour, or action on an environmental issue?
- What skills, experience and knowledge do you have?
- Who is your target audience – what are their interests? What barriers are there to involving them, e.g. mobility, language?
Here are some of our ideas for community activities:
- Give and Take Days, swishing events and swap shops
- Car boot sales and bring and buy sales
- Street parties
- Knitting circles, sewing workshops, craft sessions
- Tool, toy or book libraries
- Community gardening
- Letter writing campaigns
- Film nights
- Identify locally active individuals and groups that might be interested in helping you, e.g. community leaders, Tenants and Residents Associations, faith groups and parish councils.
- Identify local businesses for sponsorship or donations of equipment and materials.
- See if there are any grants available from your local council and the Big Lottery Fund.
- Decide who your organising team is going to be.
- Put together a plan detailing what tasks need to be done, by whom and by when – download our template project planner.
- Monitor your budget and expenditure – download our template budget sheet.
- Arrange regular catch-ups with your team to see how everyone is getting on – these can be very informal and can be held at someone’s house or a local café.
Get people involved
Promote what you are doing through:
- Community newsletters
- Community notice boards in libraries, community centres and local shops
- Local newspapers and radio stations – download our template press release
- Local websites
- Community networks.