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An Action Team can take a variety of formats, which is ultimately decided by the group itself through meetings. The format may also change over time e.g. start off in a simple format and develop to be a more hands-on approach. Some sample formats include: 

Organisation Only Action Team: This type of action team may only meet up a few times per year, discuss any pertinent issues and predominantly use the action team to bring key stakeholders together to share experiences, discuss challenges etc. E.g. Safety and Crime Action Team might be composed of local police, residents groups and schools, and they meet quarterly to discuss any issues and share relevant updates. The group is not actively looking to take on / implement new projects, etc. This is a relatively low-maintenance action team. 

Project Delivery Action Team: This type of action team may meet more regularly, actively identify projects and funding opportunities and seek to build a project team to implement development activities. E.g. Energy & Climate Change Action Team may seek to organise a team to raise energy awareness locally, and gain funding from SEAI to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses.

Club/Group Managed Action Team: In this case, an existing community club or group may take on the role of action team as this is an area they already work on. They simply use the framework as a means to better collaborate locally. E.g. a Tidy Towns group (or a subgroup within the Tidy Towns group) may take on the “Streetscape Action Team” role, log the projects they are undertaking, etc.

Worth Noting: 

  • Changing/Hybrid Structure: The action team may change its format/structure or have a hybrid of the above; they can collectively decide.
  • Legal Status: The action team is not required to have a legal status at the outset but exists as an informal working group. If the team matures and wishes to gain its own legal status to apply for grants and such in its own name, then it is free to do this also.
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