New Group Journey — Introduction

Introduction to resources

The New Group Journey aims to support you set up and run a successful group. The set of resources contains a timeline, checklist, guidance sheets, online training module and webinar. Together they will help you understand what makes a group sustainable, plan actions and keep track of progress.

The New Group Journey is organised into seven broad subject areas:
1. People you need 
2. Working together
3. Publicity and outreach
4. Finance
5. Programme planning 
6. Being part of the Folk
7. Staying safe

You can work through each resource in any order or just go straight to the information you want.

  • The New Group Journey timeline is a 1 page summary showing how the steps in each area fit together, in 3 stages: ‘finding people’ to ‘planning your group’ and your ‘first term and beyond’.
  • The New Group Journey checklist has space to put names and dates next to actions, then tick them off when they are complete. It has 3 stages, each on a page to print for meetings, as you progress from ‘finding people’ to ‘planning your group’ and your ‘first term and beyond’.
  • The New Group Journey guidance sheets give further brief details about each of the 7 broad subject area and links to relevant resources.
  • The New Group Journey training module is a comprehensive guide to what you need to consider and put in place for a successful group, with examples. There is a short quiz at the end of each section to help you assess your understanding of the subject.
  • The New Groups training webinar takes you through the steps needed to start a new group, showing you where to find the resources and guidance you’ll need.

The New Groups Project has developed these resources in response to members’ feedback and experience of what works. The resources build on wider development work including the Tree project. They aim to help groups grow and be sustainable, and put the strategic plan ‘Bigger and Better 2013-18’ into action.

Continue on your new group journey

The New Group Journey is organised into seven broad subject areas:
1. People you need 
2. Working together
3. Publicity and outreach
4. Finance
5. Programme planning 
6. Being part of the Folk
7. Staying safe

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