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.
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:
Identify Their Own Needs & Aspirations.
Challenge Unequal Power Relationships.
Take Collective Action Using Their Strengths & Resources.
Promote Social Justice, Equality and Inclusion.
Develop Their Confidence, Skills and Knowledge.
Improve the Quality of Their Lives, Communities, and the Groups They Belong to.
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.
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.
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
ABC can assist your group to improve its financial management, bringing transparency and confidence to your group’s members and external bodies.
ABC also provides assistance with charity registration and, for groups already registered, assists with the preparation of Annual Returns and Statutory Accounts.
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.