Jubilee celebrations inspire new community website

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THE Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympic celebrations have inspired a new website to make it easier to bring communities across Cambridgeshire together for events.

The new website – www.startnow.org.uk – provides information ranging from how to get started with organising an event, including budgeting and grants, to publicity and helpful tips on whether a license and insurance may be needed.

Cambridgeshire Councils and their partners have teamed up to develop the new easy-to-navigate pages which aims to help increase the number of community events taking place by providing a step-by-step guide to turning an idea into a reality.

The information on the new online guide builds upon a booklet launched by South Cambridgeshire District Council and stART, a partnership with the village colleges in the district.

Cllr Mac McGuire, Deputy Leader at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “This summer we are seeing two great events that bring communities across Cambridgeshire together, from the street parties to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to the excitement of the Olympic Games in London and the Olympic Torch Relay coming to our county. In each case, local residents have come together for the benefit of the place they live - this is a fantastic thing and we hope this new website will be a focal point of advice, help and information.”

The website also includes case studies from across the county to demonstrate the type of events volunteers have made a success in their areas. This includes the challenges they faced, and the benefits they brought to the whole community.

Visit www.startnow.org.uk to find out more.