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Community Matters has published a new detailed guide to the role of community associations in the 21st century. The...
Community Matters has published a new detailed guide to the role of community associations in the 21st century. The guide builds on the charity's VISIBLE model for community associations which attracted huge support from both its own members and broader community sector when it was introduced in 2000.

Community Matters chair Jackie Graham said 'With an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 community associations around England and Wales, many of whom are managing valuable resources such as community buildings, we felt it was vital to help them make the most of these facilities. We also wanted to show how an organisational model developed in the 1940s can still have relevance today'.

The new guide, The Visible Difference - Making it Happen contains examples, good practice pointers and case studies, but perhaps most significantly it proposes new operating standards around the seven principles of the model and suggests a national minimum standard for the operation of a community association.

Community Matters national director David Tyler said: 'Introducing a national framework is a bold move for a volunteer led network and we want to consult our key stakeholders on this over the coming months. We are keen to hear from those with an interest in our network on both the 'big idea' and the detail proposed in this publication'.

You can download a free copy of the new publication from Community Matters websiteor obtain a hard copy from their London office 020 7837 7887 priced £5.95.


- Community Matters is the national umbrella body for community associations and similar multi-purpose community organisations in Britain. It was established in 1945 and has a network of over 1,100 members.

- Community associations are voluntary led organisations which exist for the benefit of their communities in the areas of education, recreation and social welfare

- Mos t community associations manage a multi-purpose community building.

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