Chapter Two looked at supporting individuals; in contrast, this chapter focuses on supporting community groups and voluntary organisations. Across the country, small-scale community groups and voluntary organisations provide the bedrock of community life. Many receive grants from public sources and also raise their own funds or generate their income; some are unfunded and informally organised. In combination, they provide a tremendous range of activities and services, often with little publicity or wider recognition. Building Organisations, one of the four central themes in this book, is a key part of the work of strengthening communities, so that voluntary organisations and community groups at the grass roots can be more active and organised. This chapter is about how practitioners can support and strengthen voluntary organisations and community groups, so they can be even more effective in achieving their aims, based on the key assumption that they want such help, rather than having it imposed upon them.
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