Building partnerships with existing organisations and groups is extremely worthwhile. Tenants associations, youth groups, ethnic community groups and hobby associations can all provide skills, enthusiasm and resources. Environmental organisations, local authorities and all sorts of other groups can be a source of support and mutual benefit. Many organisations not obviously involved in environmental work have related interests and may want to get involved. For example, local artists may be interested in art projects such as murals and sculptures. Going into partnership with other groups will make it possible to do things which would not have been possible alone.
Networking can help to improve your support system, recruit new volunteers, exchange or pool skills and resources, and publicise activities. Other groups can offer an audience for education and awareness events, may want to carry out practical projects on their own sites or yours, or have resources or skills you can exchange. Groups may include:
- schools/education groups
- community groups
- residents/tenants associations
- other conservation organisations
- local business forum
- local history society
- youth groups
- other volunteer agencies
- social services
- local authority
You should be able to find out about most groups from information in your local library, council information office and citizens advice bureau.