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Last edited 26 Feb 2019
A community group (full name ‘voluntary and community group’) is a collection of individuals located in a common geographical area who come together to promote a common cause for the public/community benefit. The aim may be to influence institutions, corporations or government and possibly to influence social reform or seek more representation on decision-making bodies.
Typical examples of community groups are community associations such as King’s Cross Brunswick Neighbourhood Association, which aims to improve the quality of life of local residents in the King’s Cross and Brunswick area of central London.
Community groups usually have a governing document called a ‘constitution’ which sets out the group’s rules, aims, obligations and powers. As well as providing a framework for action, the constitution ensures the group operates in accordance with the law and in a responsible manner.
The typical characteristics of a community group might include:
- Activities are for the benefit of the community or general public.
- It relies on volunteer support – none of the members are paid.
- It is independent and self-governing, appointing its own management committee.
- It is not for profit, therefore nobody is paid for what they do.
- Community Right to Bid.
- Community Right to Challenge.
- Community Right to Build.
- Community Right to Reclaim Land.
- The Right to Contest.
- Neighbourhood planning measures.
- Assets of community value.
For more information see: Community rights.
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