Identifying the need

Identifying the need should always come first when setting up any community group or project. A community project or activity is never going to get off the ground or work successfully if there are only two or three people in the community talking about it. 

The initial stages should include research - establishing public opinion and assessing people’s needs.  You may think that your idea is the answer to the community’s problems – but does the community share your view?  Involve the rest of the community. Do your homework - it will only be worth taking your idea forward if there really is a need for it.

The information in this section will also be applicable to existing groups considering a new project or service.