Improving your neighbourhood

Many community groups exist in order to make improvements to a neighbourhood and solve local problems. This section provides information about ways to find out what local people think and get people working together to improve things, as well as details of some funders in Sussex who work specifically with neighbourhood-based projects.  The Links tab has contact details for other useful organisations who can help.

  • Designing and using surveys

    Surveys are useful for finding out people’s opinions about an issue, or to gather feedback about your group’s activities. This page provides tips on getting the most out of surveys.

  • Involving people in your group

    How do you get lots of people along to your meetings and events? How do you make sure that more than a handful of you are doing the bulk of the work?

  • Organising a letter-writing campaign

    Tips for community groups about running a letter-writing campaign.

  • Organising a petition

    Using a petition as part of a community campaign

  • Organising a public meeting

    Holding a public meeting can be a really good way of building a campaign or getting more people involved in your group.

  • Patcham Community Fund

    Grants available for: Groups working to improve quality of life for residents in the Patcham area, including Hollingdean and Withdean.
    Size of grants available: Up to £1000
    No deadlines

  • State your case: how to write a campaign briefing

    A community group’s guide to researching and writing a campaign briefing

  • Sussex Gardens Trust

    Grants available for: Any group or organisation that manages or owns a park or open space within Sussex.
    Size of grants given: up to £1,000
    No deadlines

  • Support for Resource Centre Member Groups

    The Resource Centre offers extra free support to our member groups. We can help member groups to create publicity, raise funds, keep good accounts and run a group effectively.

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All Resource Centre information is available for free because we know small community groups have small budgets. However, we are a small charity, so if you are in a position to make a donation, it will help us to keep running this service into the future.