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Websites with useful resources for community groups
 
Facilities for community groups Voluntary Action Coventry: offers a dedicated room available for members 
to use that includes a libraryand use of laptops with internet access. They have a range of equipment available 
to hire such as display boards, OHP's and Multi-media projectors. VAC also offers regular mailing opportunities 
for groups and use of photocopier and fax machines.
 
How My Community Space can help your community space

Community Matters have launched a new website service My Community Space which they hope will

help people considering setting up community buildings or currently running community buildings to

answer the questions they have about how to run an effective and successful community site.

 

"The idea of PREMISES FACT FINDER is to encourage self help by using questions that are very

frequently asked by voluntary and community organisations about premises. It has been devised to

help organisations think about their plans for premises and any problems they may have with them in

order that they can make good use of available information before they go to other organisations or

spend their limited resources on professional advice and help."

 

The site is split into six sections each covering a different aspect of community building management:

  • Before you start
  • Finding and Taking on premises
  • Managing premises
  • Building and Improving premises
  • Maintaining premises
  • Professional Advice

The site also provides access to community lettings and bookings databases which allows community

buildings to register, for free, their venues in order to advertise their space for conferences, training days

and other events.  For more information please go to www.mycommunityspace.org.uk


Media Resources 

Coventry and Warwickshire Media Company: (CWMC) is a not-for-profit social enterprise 

company,limited by guarantee (No. 064613333)established in 2007. CWMC's vision is to provide a Christian media

voice in Coventry and the surrounding areas and help build understanding and cohesion on behalf of the

churches of Coventry to the wider community.

 

The aim of the directors is to see the whole of Coventry prosper spiritually, economically and socially and to

foster collaboration among the media community. CWMC provides Media Training, Marketing and Advertising,

Sales and Promotion, and Radio Plus.Broadcasting on 101.5FM. Radio Plus is a community radio station

established in December 2010 that serves Coventry and the surrounding areas.Radio Plus provides

responsible and entertaining radio in the Coventry, Warwickshire and surrounding areas in association with

voluntary organisations, local authorities, local residents, community groups and businesses in a common

effort to strengthensociety. It also provides a Christian media voice in the community on behalf of all the

churches in the city and helps build understanding and cohesion in the wider community. 

Visit the Radio Plus website and listen live here.

 

Technology resources

AbilityNet: a charity that helps disabled people use computers.

Illuminate ICT: a not-for-proft organisation offering low-cost help with the technology needs of community

and voluntary groups such as setting up internet access, websites and databases.

 

Training and community engagement

Adept: a community development agency providing, amongst other things, training on working in community

organisations.

Common Purpose: courses for leaders in organisations and the community, and useful resources for

groups ontopics such as engaging communities.

Coventry and Warwickshire Co-operative Development Agency: aims to enable people to take a

full part in economic life. The site contains business planning tools, advice on setting up co-operatives

and community enterprises, and information about credit unions.

 

Advice, Guides and Toolkits

Ask NCVO: this section of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations' website contains very

useful factsheets covering a wealth of issues including funding, trustees and governance, financial

management andstrategic planning. Also contains details of their helpline.

Charity Commission: The Charity Commission is established by law as the regulator and registrar

for charities in England and Wales. The aim is to provide the best possible regulation of charities in

England and Wales in order to increase charities' effectiveness and public confidence and trust.

Community Matters: a nationwide federation for community associations. The site contains

useful information sheets on everything from running community buildings to chairing meetings.

There are also details of publications, training, consultancy and an advice line for queries related

to community group issues.

Voluntary Action Coventry: an umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector, providing

training, support and advice. This site also contains good practice guides for community and

voluntary groups.

Directory of Social Change: information and training for the voluntary sector, including publications

and training courses on fundraising, communication. law management and finance.

Urban Forum: an umbrella body for community and voluntary groups with interests in urban and regional

policy,especially regeneration. Publishes a guide to England's planning system, and to Local Strategic

Partnerships (LSPs).

 

Funding organisations

Awards for All: lottery grants scheme for local communities.

Football Foundation: funding for football facilities and small grants for projects that use football and

sport as aforce for social change.

Heart of England Community Foundation: funding for community groups and charities in

Coventry and Warwickshire.

 

Strategic and Policy making groups

Communities and Local Government: policy and information from the Government department

responsible for communities, equalities, housing, planning and local government. This site also

contains consultation documents and discussion forums.

Coventry City Council: information about events and all aspects of the council's work.

Coventry Partnership: information about members of Coventry's Local Strategic Partnership,

the Community Plan to improve quality of life in the city, minutes of meetings and useful research.

 

Other useful websites

The Hillz Radio: community radio in Hillfields - listen live over the internet!

Care For The Family: is a charity that has been supporting and encouraging

families in the UK since 1988.

Tommies/Flutterbies Children's Centres: For details of activities being

held by Tommies and Flutterbies Children's and Family Centres please telephone 024 7636 6944