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Help for Groups

Community First’s development team can offer personalised information and development support for charities, community groups and social enterprises.



In 2019, we directly supported 285 of our member groups.


Development Support Services

We work with community groups and organisations to access the best possible funding advice & developmental support services to strengthen their operational performance and become more sustainable organisations.

Community First can support your group:

  • Setting up as a new organisation to address new challenges and opportunities
  • Finding Trustees and well qualified, experienced and dedicated volunteers
  • Developing sustainable funding strategies
  • Business planning
  • Policies and procedures
  • Quality assurance and best practice
  • Providing advice on and dealing with employment issues
  • Providing Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
  • Providing Forums for networking, ideas sharing and partnership building
  • Providing funder events

For information tailored for your area, please use the following links:



Organisation Health Checks

All third sector organisations need to ensure that not only are they providing quality services that meet their client needs but that they have all the necessary processes in place to ensure that their organisation is in good shape for the future.

Organisation Health Check


Resources – Guides and Toolkits

Our Community Development Team have created and collated a series of toolkits and guides that provide information and guidance across a broad range of issues facing our members. You can access them using the link below:



Networking and Outreach Events

We provide our development service via one to one sessions, by phone and by email. We can also deliver help through training sessions, workshops and surgeries.

Our development team deliver a series of online and outreach events. For more information please use the links below for our Community First Forums page and to our Events Calendar.

    Our Forums     Events Calendar


Get in touch

If you have a question and you can’t find the answer on our website then get in touch and request a call back from a member of the team.

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