In the St Albans area we’ve only ever had 2 fixing events in 6 years because we’ve never had anyone to take on the organisation on more than a one-off basis. Sustainable St Albans (registered here as Our Planet Our Future, host @Lesley_Flowers) is very supportive but their volunteers are all fully committed to other things. But it looks like the scene might be changing! @Danielle_Durant-Taylor has recently expressed interest in taking it on (please give her a big welcome!), and we now have a first event planed for February in Harpenden. Harpenden Lions are also interested in getting involved in some way. With one or two more people for an organising committee, it could take off.
Which leaves me with a few questions about governance. Unless we were to go the whole hog and register as a charity or a Community Interest Company, we need to work under an umbrella organisation. That will almost certainly be Sustainable St Albans. But what does such a relationship look like? Hackney Fixers work under Sustainable Hackney and doubtless many other groups have similar relationships. Perhaps some of them (@James_Diamond for example) would like to comment.
What support do you get from your umbrella org and what do they require in return? To what extent are you a separate entity? I imagine you can tap into their publicity machine and maybe they provide webspace and email addresses. Do you have a separate bank account, and how does it work financially? Do they provide essential insurance cover, and did it need extension to cover fixing events? Who ultimately owns your assets (toolkit etc)? Too many questions, and I probably haven’t even thought of the most important ones.
If a few group organisers would like to chip in, hopefully we can build up a knowledge base useful also to other groups starting out.