How To Get Started
People are your biggest asset so once you’ve identified a number who are interested, invite them to form a steering group who will lead and manage the project.
At your first meeting discuss ideas and formalise the group. You’ll need an effective chairman, a treasurer and a secretary. The basic requirement of most funding bodies is that your organisation has a bank or building society account and a management committee. Decide how often and where you’ll meet as a group. Once a month is often enough with more regular meetings in the two months before the event. Try to find a time that is convenient for everyone, and book meetings well in advance so people can keep their diaries clear.
Building a Team
If your event is for the whole community then make sure that your steering group is made up of a wide spectrum of people across your community in terms of age, socio-economic group, gender, interests and special needs. It’s really useful if group members have links into local networks and if they have a range of different skills – ensure that you use these links and skills and delegate work so everyone has a job to do.
The Dream Team
Have you got these people in your group?
• The visionary – to have ideas.
• The motivator – to encourage others to get involved.
• The realist – the one with bucket loads of common sense.
• The consolidator – to resolve disputes and identify what you all agree on.
• The speaker – to talk about ideas confidently.
• The writer – to write clearly and creatively.
• The organiser – the one who can organise themselves and others.
• The artist – both practical and inspirational.
• The tea-maker – crucial to keeping the meeting sweet, someone who just wants to be helpful and happy to make any contribution.
Beware the self-promoter! Big heads and control freaks don’t play well in teams!