Setting up your own group

You may have an idea for a project but realise that it will need more than just you to make it work.

  • Make sure you have a very clear idea of what your project will be before you try to get others interested in it.
  • Have a chat with other groups in your area to see what kind of structure will work best for you. You can find local groups on the Derbyshire Directory.
  • Have an initial meeting, publicised widely enough to encourage as many interested people to attend as possible.
  • Explain the aims and objectives of the project.
  • Give the group a name.
  • How formal you want the group to be may vary but it may be helpful to write a constitution setting out the rules by which you want to run your group.
  • If you want formal funding you will need to set up a bank account for your group.
  • Decide who will do what.  Who will be the Chair, Treasurer and Secretary?  Do you need people to take on other roles, e.g. Publicity, Website?  What skills do these people need and how can you recruit volunteers with those skills if you don’t have them already?
  • If you are planning to fundraise, then you probably want to set yourself up as a charity.  You can find more information about this on the GOV.UK website.

The British Association for Local History, Brighter Futures Together and Resource Centre have all produced excellent general guidance on starting local groups.

It’s worth considering joining the Derbyshire Museums and Heritage Forum. The Forum is a network of museums and heritage organisations from across the county.  Supported by Museums Development East Midlands, it offers some excellent free training sessions as well as the chance to meet up, share information and keep up to date with what similar groups are doing.