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

Find support

  • 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.

Organise it

  • 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.

Show off your achievements

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