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Development & Support

ABC promotes community development and provides support and assistance for existing community groups as well as new or emerging groups in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.

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Community development enables people to work collectively to bring about positive social change. This long term process starts from people’s own experience and enables communities, whether geographical, identity or interest, to work together to:

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Identify Their Own Needs & Aspirations.

Challenge Unequal Power Relationships.

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Take Collective Action Using Their Strengths & Resources.

Promote Social Justice, Equality and Inclusion.

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Develop Their Confidence, Skills and Knowledge.

Improve the Quality of Their Lives, Communities, and the Groups They Belong to.

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ABC Services Groups

The following list outlines the various direct assistance support services ABC Community Network provides for groups.

Planning & Running Meetings & AGMs

Helpful guidance for online and face-to-face meetings.

Risk Assessment for Community Groups (A Practical Guide)

Practical Covid-19 guidance for community groups, and risk assessment template.

Charity Registration Information

Helpful practical guidance for the Charity Commission Registration.


Step-by-step guide on how to constitute your group and a sample template.

Charity Annual Returns Information

Step-by-step guide on how to register with the CC.

Funding Advice

Securing funding for your groups, step-by-step guide on each funding application, the information and documentation needed.

Committee Member Roles and Skills

Step-by-step guide on the information needed on the roles and duties of a committee.

Running Effective Meetings

Tips on running effective, productive meetings and ensuring good governance.

Promoting Group Sustainability

Helpful tips for groups to be sustainable.

Advice on Policy and Procedures

Useful Information and templates.

Print & Design for Groups

Leaflets, social media etc.

Assistance with accounts and Submission to the Charity Commision

Assistance with Setting up Meeting with Other Services/Organisations for Help and Support

Support with Meeting with Funding Providers

Promotions of Memberships Activities

Sharing of Information and Advice

Assistance with Funding Searches


Good governance supports the day to day running of an organisation and helps build trust and confidence with the local community, other group Members, and funders.

ABC can help you do this.

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We can meet with your committee to arrange a governance health check to check that the committee has appropriate systems in place, and work together to identify areas for development.

Governance Health Check

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ABC can assist your group to improve its financial management, bringing transparency and confidence to your group’s members and external bodies.

Financial Management

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ABC also provides assistance with charity registration and, for groups already registered, assists with the preparation of Annual Returns and Statutory Accounts.

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Become a Member

Discover how ABC can help your group / organisation.


Fundraising is one of the most challenging areas of activity for groups. ABC regularly shares information about grants and funding opportunities. ABC’s assistance ranges from providing funding workshops to working with groups on a one-to-one basis. We are here to help guide groups through the funding application process, support groups as they manage their grant, and help prepare the final evaluation report.

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Quick Links
Magharee House, 82 Thomas Street,
Portadown, BT62 3NU
+44 (0) 28 3839 2777
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