Running events & activities

There are so many great events and activities run by community groups in our neighbours, we've picked out a few guides to help you get it right first time. We've also found some useful 'how to' guides for setting up some of the more common groups.

Finally if you are in need of ideas check out the Eden Project Communities website or Ioby's resource section, they are both great sources of inspiration.

WEBSITE - Guide to organising a community event (

This 'Can Do' guilde helps you to plan and run successful events with a minimum of red tape. If you are holding a particular type of event, help you to find the specific advice you need.

WEBSITE - Eden Project Communities

This inspirational website is full of ideas on how to make a positive change where you live. Wide range of step by step stages on running community/Neighbourhood events and projects from a walking bus, pop up shop, to a Street Party.


Although this is an American site, it has loads of guidance on how to organise,  launch  and promote community based projects

WEBSITE - Club Matters

Run by Sports England, Club Matters gives you access to free tools to help develop your club.  This useful website has a wide range of free and helpful tools to help you run and improve and sustain your sports club.

WEBSITE: Inter Faith Week Toolkit

If you are thinking of taking part in Inter Faith Week, an annual celebration every November for building relationships, understanding and celebrating how different faiths groups contribution to community life, you need go no further.

This useful website is packed with hints and tips on how to get involved, from helpful toolkits for events, from planning to press releases.  Including some fantastic examples of events from previous years for inspiration.  For more guidance and to get your event on their activities map visit the site




Event planning checklist (Brighton Resource Centre)

However big or small your event is going to be, planning it will follow the same general pattern - and include some common pitfalls!

events.pdf (137 KB)

Organising a public meeting (Brighton Resource Centre)

Holding a public meeting can be a really good way of building a campaign or getting more people involved in your group. Here are a few ideas to help you organise a meeting that is interesting, accessible and runs smoothly.

organising-a-public-meeting.pdf (128 KB)

Licensing and regulations for events (Brighton Resource Centre)

Basic information about whether you need to register or apply for a licence for your event

Licensing.pdf (166 KB)

Street Party (Norwich City Council)

Organising a street party application and guide.

How to organise a litter pick

Useful things to think about when organising a litter pick.  This guideline covers the key things you'll need to consider when running a community litter pick.


How to hire a Park / Open Spaces (Norwich City Council)

Norwich is blessed with a range of beautiful parks and open spaces which make a great location for running an public event. 

To help we have produced helpful guides on how to hire a park or open space.  If you would like to apply to hire one of our parks or open spaces, download the information pack, complete the relevant booking form and risk assessment and email or post these to the events team

How to set up a Residents Association (Peabody)

An easy follow guide on how to set up a R.A (need to ignore location/org references)

guide-to-setting-up-ra.pdf (3.5 MB)

How to set up a community cinema (BFI Neighbourhood Cinema)

This is a great website to guide you through running your own community cinema.

Running a crèche (Brighton Resource Centre)

Information for community groups about providing childcare at a one-off community event.

Creches.pdf (101 KB)

A practical guide to setting up a community gardening project (Thrive)

This guide focuses on a group for people affected by mental ill health, but the information could also be applied to any community garden. Also includes H&S and sample risk assessments

G4L-Resource-Book.pdf (1.3 MB)

How to set up/run a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme (Our Watch)

A step to step guide to setting up neighbourhood watches in your community.

Running-a-scheme-toolkit.pdf (792 KB)

How to set up a parent and toddler group (Net Mums)

Easy follow guide on how to set up a group.

How to set up a Buggy Walk (Mums Supporting Mums)

Buggy walks are a great thing to do to get out and meet people.  Written by Mums, naturally it is very mum based, but is still a good resource for all parents.

Setting-Up-Buggy-Walks.pdf (704 KB)

How to start a sports club (Sports England)

If you looking to set up a new sports club or thinking of turning your current recreational club into something more formal.  This Sports England guide covers every you need to know.