Community Development

What is CVS Community Development?

Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) Community Development Officers facilitate community development through two main avenues:

Firstly they seek to empower, and build capacity within organisations that already exist, or may be establishing, that have mobilised on a community issue important to them. They do this through supporting community groups, charities, trusts, social enterprises etc with a specific issue that may be hindering their effectiveness or ability to deliver community benefit.

Secondly they also help the recruitment and  mobilisation of volunteers on specific community related issues to bring about change within the community and delivered by the community.

Community Development Links

Voluntary Services Forum

Funding Help

RVS Training Opportunities

How can Rushmoor Voluntary Services help you?

We can assist member organisations to use the Disclosure and Barring Service checking service.

DBS Checks for Rushmoor Voluntary Member Organisations

DBS Process Chart for Member Organisations

DBS Certificate Costs

In addition we can provide assistance in the following areas.

  • Starting up a new community group or charity
  • Good Practice Guidelines
  • Good Governance
  • Developing Constitutions, Terms of Reference, Memorandum of Association
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees
  • Charities Commission, Companies House reporting
  • Business planning
  • Finance, Community Accountancy, Tendering and SORPs
  • Access to resources
  • HR and Employment Law
  • Health and Safety
  • Policies and Procedures, Fact sheets
  • Marketing
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Funding and Fundraising Support Searching Funderfinder (chargeable to Non-Members)
  • Bid Application Writing
  • Sustainable Funding Strategies
  • Development of a new funding project
  • Training for voluntary and community groups.

RVS is a Membership Organisation

Membership is free to any voluntary or community group working to the benefit of people in Rushmoor.

For more information about membership click here

If your organisation is based in Hart but you would like to hire one of our minibuses, you can register as an Affiliated Member.

Organisations that serve the community of Rushmoor and are based outside of the borough, are eligible for membership.

What is Community Development Work?

Community Development enables people to work collectively to bring about positive social change. This long term process starts from people’s own experience and enables communities to work together to:

Identify their own needs and actions

Take collective action using their strengths and resources

Develop their confidence, skills and knowledge

Challenge unequal power relationships

Promote social justice, equality and inclusion

In order to improve the quality of their own lives, the communities in which they live and societies of which they are a part.

For more information, help or support, please contact: our Community Development Manager Heather Chalkley