Community groups spring up for a variety of reasons. Whether it is to fight against or show support for a new development, the issue is how to maintain this interest after the perceived task has been accomplished.
Groups are often formed as a result of several local individual activists joining together. These people are the primary determining factor in the lifespan of the group. The problem is that these groups may diminish as the initial aims and objectives are perceived to have been achieved. Longevity is not the prominent feature of this type of structure. This can be issue if the project is designed to be a long term and sustainable proposition.
In this section we will address the issue of maintaining involvement and propose some measures that will protect the project over time.
Ideas to help maintain group involvement in the project
There will be stage in a long term project where people will leave or the ownership of a project may swap to another group or authority. Remember that the project exists away from its group as an ongoing proposition. As long as this change has been planned for it can potentially be used as new revitalising chapter in the projects development.
A few tips to managing this change and planning for continuity:
Hopefully this section has illustrated how you can keep a project alive by developing new ways to enthuse the group and turn the fear of change into a new opportunity for all.
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This information is intended as a guide and, while it is as accurate and up to date as we can make it, it should not be used in place of specialist legal, financial or commercial advice.