Help and Advice for Community Groups

Insurance

Many groups are concerned about tackling projects in the community because they do not have Public Liability Insurance. It is becoming easier for community groups to obtain reasonably priced insurance from a variety of companies. The Royal Horticultural Society also offers good rates for In Bloom and ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ Groups.

Funding

You can search for a wide variety of funding opportunities on-line via Bath and North East Somerset Council’s website.

Litter Picks

If you want to organise a community litter pick in your area, the Council can provide fluorescent jackets, litter pickers and bags. They can also arrange to collect the bags of rubbish when you have finished. To find out more contact Council Connect:
Email: councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk.
Phone 01225 394041
Text: SMS 07797 806545

Graffiti

To find out how to get graffiti removed from a public or private place, click here.

Litter and Fly Tipping

To information on how to deal with Waste or report littering or Fly Tipping click here.

Extra Volunteers:

If you need extra help with a local project either to tackle a one-off project, or for on-going support, there are is a variety of sources available:

Volunteer Centre: The local Volunteer Centre can advertise vacancies, volunteering opportunities and are currently working on a new scheme called ‘inVOLve’ which links businesses participating in corporate volunteering projects with community groups.
To find out more visit their website
Tel: 01225 338105
E-mail: info@vol-centre.org.uk.

Universities: Students from Bath Spa University and the University of Bath have a volunteering programme and students can also apply for funding to assist with a community project.
Further information is available via the Student Community Partnership
Jenny Dean – Community Liaison Co-ordinator
E-mail: community-liaison@bath.ac.uk
Tel: 01225 383419

Community Payback: Some ‘In Bloom’ related groups make good use of Community Payback to tackle projects. To nominate a project contact Avon & Somerset Probation Service on 01934 528740 or visit the website.

Bath and North East Somerset Council: The Council’s Stronger Communities Team can help give advice to community groups on a range of topics and can also help with additional volunteers. The Council also runs its own staff volunteering programme. Contact Sara Dixon on 01225 396594 or e-mail sara_dixon@bathnes.gov.uk in the first instance to find out more.