Ideas to help you help your community

Want to make a difference in your community and not sure how to get started?

Got a great idea for a local project but stumped on how to get it off the ground? Our resources, toolkits and guides will help you turn your idea into a reality.

Have a question or can’t find what you are looking for? Contact us at or 01904 704177.

52 (almost) painless things your community can do – sometimes, when you know you want to take positive action in your community, having that initial inspiration is the hardest part. From setting up a photography club to running a car-sharing scheme, we’ve got some great ideas on what your community can do.

Effective Community Engagement Guidebook and Toolkit – we have created this handy resource on our Community First Yorkshire website, comprising a guidebook and toolkit, which brings together learning from a range of communities and provides a step-by-step guide to running an effective community engagement project.

Building Connected Communities poster – some great ideas on ways for you and your community can work to make a difference.

How-to guide: turn your idea into a reality – do you have a fantastic idea but are not sure how to make it a reality? A little bit of careful thought, planning and preparation will help you to make sure that the reality lives up to the expectation.

Circular Towns Guide – the circular economy can help communities and the planet, but it can be difficult to know where to start. York and North Yorkshire LEP’s Circular Towns Guide explains the concepts in context, and provides a simple, flexible framework to help communities create action, launch new initiatives, become part of a larger network of Circular Towns, and move towards a greener, fairer, stronger future. The guide is illustrated with various exercises and case studies, and is completely free to access. For more information on the guide, email Erin Wheeler, Circular Economy Officer at YNY LEP,