28 Jan 2014

Myth busting advice for running community events

Myth busting advice for running community events The government has this month published new guidelines about how to run a local community event without getting caught up in too much red tape.

The advice is welcomed as it could encourage more people to set up events in their local community and raise more cash for good causes.

The new guide has been produced by the Cabinet Office after research found that the existing advice was too focused on what event organisers couldn’t do. People in the community wanting to organise a local event, such as a street party or community fete, were put off by concerns about food safety and insurance.

Can-do attitude

A can-do approach is used for the new guide which offers step by step directions on how to plan and run a community event.

It covers many myths around what licenses, insurances, and certificates are needed, and has a useful section on raffles, lotteries and race nights - often a great way to raise money for charity at community events. It outlines the fact that no registrations and licenses are needed for these types of activities as long as they are for ‘good causes’ and comply with the terms attached to these activities.

So if you have an idea for a community event that will help raise money for charity check out the new “can do” guide online now and don’t forget to raise money for your chosen charity using MyDonate.

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