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Organising a community project
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All it takes to organise a community level citizenship project is a good idea. You see something that needs to be done and you act on it.

The best community projects are owned by the community, which means that as many people as possible know about it and are invited to give support.

Action points:
Share your idea with as many people as possible.
Write it down so it becomes an action plan.
Decide who needs to be persuaded - and set about this tactfully!
Set up a task group or action committee to co-ordinate the project.
Decide a set of realistic targets - and stick to them!
Decide how you will evaluate your success.
Go out and talk to people about your project; on the street, at events, at council meetings.
Publicise what your project aims to do and how it will benefit many people in the community.
Be confident as a young citizen working out of school in the wider community - it's your community too!

To get ideas for your project, learn from these schools in the United Kingdom. The 6 projects here are examples of young citizens taking action to help people in need in their local communities:

Blind people - Palatine High School
Children with special needs - Barnwell School
Elderly people (2) - King's Grove School; Tanfield Comprehensive School
Hospital gardens - Ullswater Community College
Support with funds - Youthbank

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