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

Practical help and advice


A big hello to the Just Act community!

July 26, 2016

You’ll have noticed it’s been a little quiet on the Just Act website for a while, but we are delighted to let you know that this just about to change. Following the closure of Community Development Foundation who created this …
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Highlights from the Funding Fair

January 21, 2016

This blog post was first published on, and was written by a member of the Locality team. Alternative finance gives communities the opportunity to be more flexible and responsive to local need – and at the Funding Fair organised …
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Meet the Funders Fair – Life After Grant

January 6, 2016

12 January 2016, 10am-4pm Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters, 250 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4AA (nearest Underground Liverpool Street) Is your organisation now at a crossroads with grant funding about to run out, and you’re not sure where to turn? This …
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Get involved in Community Energy Fortnight 2015!

September 2, 2015

Jamie is a Research & Communications Assistant at CDF. In this blog he takes a look at the upcoming Community Energy Fortnight 2015 and explains what you can do to get involved with all the events and activities taking place …
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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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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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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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How can crowdfunding work for your community project?

May 26, 2015

In this blog you can find out how you can get funding for your community project using crowdfunding. It was written by Jess Ratty, Brand Communications Manager at Crowdfunder.
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Insights from Live Q&A: help and support from My Community

April 2, 2015

Gemma is Network Officer at CDF. In this blog she recounts the highlights from yesterday’s Q&A session. We spoke with representatives from Co-Operatives UK, LGA, Locality, NALC and NAVCA about the exciting new My Community Network and support.
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