A small project I have been developing with volunteers at Bristol Reconnect, the ACE Project (St. Paul’s) and the Northern Slopes Initiative has today taken a small, but significant step. The printing and publishing of our first workbooks, which are expressly designed to help small volunteer-led (and often unfunded) groups to plan more efficiently. The books are intended to help these types of groups to deal with the challenge of austerity, especially when the local government comes knocking on their door asking them to get more involved in the delivery of services and facilities. There will be more to share in the never future for those who might be interested in these rather mundane, but important matters as we develop the next 6 workbooks and the overall support programme. In the meantime, my gratitude and respect goes out to the volunteers in these projects who are working with some of the most vulnerable people or defending essential community facilities in the city.