Forming your group

Setting up a new group or changing the structure of an existing group can seem a complicated process, particularly if you have not had previous experience in this field.  We have written a series of information sheets that you can use to set up a new group if you feel confident on your own. If you would like to talk through any queries, or would like some support forming your group, then our Member Services team can give you information, advice and guidance via the phone, email or in person.


It is important to ask yourself some questions before starting a new group:

Why are we setting up this group, what is our motivation?

Is there a need for this group?

Is anyone else doing the same thing in the same area?

You will need to have at least 3 people that are not related to each other to form your committee, and then write a governing document. We can also help you with this.


Information Sheets

How to set up a New Group

Starting a New Group - Points to consider

Setting up a Registered Charity or other Charitable Organisation

Structures for Groups


Starting a Co-Operative

A guide to setting up a democratically owned business, aimed at small community co-operatives.This guide, produced by Co-operatives UK with funding from the Office of the Third Sector, gives you a brief overview of everything you'll need to consider if you're thinking about starting up your own small co-operative.


Starting a Social Enterprise

A guide has been published for those interested in starting a social enterprise by Social Enterprise UK.

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