Running an arts or crafts group

Voluntary Arts' online service 'Running Your Group' is designed to give anyone involved with amateur groups all the tools they need to start up, fund, market and manage their group or small organisation.

Recently revamped with new features including a weekly webcast (, see for various subscription options.

Guide for community owned farms

Published by Making Local Food Work: 'A guide to setting up and running community owned farms – How the lessons of Fordhall Community Land Initiative can help and inspire others', based on the experience of the first use in this country of community ownership to save a family farm so that it could be of benefit to everyone.

News item has link to the guide (pdf, 2.64MB).

Scottish government should focus on sustainable wellbeing

Scottish Environment LINK, the forum for Scotland's voluntary environment community, has published 'Environment and the Economy: Helping Scotland to Flourish', a discussion paper making a strong plea for a re-definition of the core purpose of government to focus on sustainable wellbeing.

From website front page or download direct (pdf, 986KB).

Implementation of Ireland’s Charities Act

The Irish Government is to embark on a public consultation on the implementation of its Charities Act, to be "published towards the end of the year". This should cover the setting up of a Charities Regulatory Authority, the statutory registration of charities and the information that registered charities would be required to submit annually.

See The Wheel news item