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The blog is the place to come for stories, advice and insight for your community project.


Project Dirt

A new tool to help you recruit volunteers flexibly

August 12, 2015

This is a guest post from Sam Reeve, Project Manager at Project Dirt, an online network connecting and resourcing environmental and community projects. In the past couple of years I have volunteered for a couple of days serving lunch to …
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95 tips to help your community crowdfund

August 5, 2015

This is a guest post by Jess Ratty, Brand Communications Manager at Crowdfunder UK. Crowdfunding means raising money for your project through donations online and many communities across the UK are using crowdfunding as a part of their ‘funding mix’.  We’ve …
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Sahahra Project

Featured project: Sahahra Project

July 28, 2015

Earlier this year, the Just Act team were out and about visiting community projects to find out and share what they do. In January 2015, we met with Nick and Jangir who both volunteer at the Sahahra Project in Derby. …
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Guest blog: Life-changing opportunities from volunteering locally

July 20, 2015

  Kerry-Anne is Youth Director at Cadence Café CIC in Tyldesley, near Wigan. In this blog she tells us in her own words how volunteering at her local arts café as a student has turned into full-time paid work and …
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Do-it Live Chat Summary

July 14, 2015

Gemma Petty, Network Officer at the Community Development Foundation fills us in on the highlights of the live forum chat with Do-it, the largest volunteering database in the country. Do-it has over a million volunteering opportunities and has around 250,000 …
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Featured project: bringing together different faiths in Luton

June 30, 2015

In March 2015 we visited Kim Greig, the Near Neighbours Co-ordinator for Luton at the Grassroots centre where the project is based. Near Neighbours is a national programme of grants and training, funded by the Department for Communities and Local …
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Nucleus Arts

Featured project: Bringing the arts to the whole community

June 16, 2015

Nucleus Arts is an arts organisation created in 2002 to promote the arts to everyone in Medway, and more widely across Kent. In March 2015 we met Natasha Steer, Nucleus’ Education and Community Development Coordinator in the thriving Café Nucleus, …
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Featured project: Residents tackling crime

June 10, 2015

Recently, the Just Act team visited Chris Hoare, founder of the Birmingham South West Group, a residents’ group set up over 25 years ago to tackle crime, prostitution, anti-social behaviour and other issues troubling his estate. Keep reading to find …
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Power to the people! Community groups’ role in a healthy democracy

June 5, 2015

In this blog post, Jamie Evans, who is a Researcher at CDF, explores the findings of their latest research ‘Trust and democracy: how community groups bridge the gap between people and politics’. In our latest research, we demonstrate that community …
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Improving neighbourhoods by bringing faiths together

June 1, 2015

Find out about two of the Near Neighbours coordinators, Tim Clapton from East London and Becky Brookman from West London, and see how the programme has strengthened communities brought people of different faiths together in their areas.
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