Community Matters

Scope and Content

Papers of Community Matters (formerly known as The National Federation of Community Organisations, and National Federation of Community Associations) (1920-2015), including: correspondence between Community Matters, National Council of Social Service, Voluntary Services Unit, and associated others, 1939-2000; papers from Community Matters conferences, events. projects and campaigns, 1951-2015; papers and correspondence regarding the administration of Community Matters, 1930-2013; reports and papers regarding Community Matters, community centres, and community associations, 1925-2015; papers of various local and regional community organisations, associations and groups, 1920-2006; publications, papers, articles and speeches produced and published by Community Matters and associated others, 1933-2014; black & white colour photographs of activities and events from Community Matters and various community associations, c1935-c2007; audio-visual materials produced by Community Matters and associated others, c1945-c2000; objects and artefacts from Community Matters and associated individuals, c1945-2010; publicity papers and ephemera from Community Matters, 1982-1999; papers from other organisations aligned with Community Matters, and of those involved in sectors regarding communities and neighbourhoods, 1939-1997; and miscellaneous papers from Community Matters and associated others, 1944-1988.

Administrative / Biographical History

Established in 1945 under the title of National Federation of Community Associations (NFCA), the organisation co-ordinated individual community associations and organisations throughout the UK. The organisation often directly communicated with the Government over issues concerning community associations, community centres and voluntary sectors, and offered information and advice about new legislation, such as VAT and charities.

In 1980 the organisation’s title changed to the National Federation of Community Organisations (NFCO) in 1980, and shortly after it separated from the National Council of Social Service (later known as National Council for Voluntary Organisations) from which it was originally a part of. In 2012 there were discussions over a possible merger with NAVCA, however this was not executed.

Throughout its existence, Community Matters served to offer essential advice, guidance and assistance for the successful running of community associations, community centres and voluntary organisations, and remained closely linked with all aspects of community life.


The Community Matters archive is divided into the following twelve sections:

  • CM/1: Correspondence
  • CM/2: Conferences, Events and Campaigns
  • CM/3: Administration
  • CM/4: Reports
  • CM/5: Local & Regional Community Associations & Groups
  • CM/6: Publications & Papers
  • CM/7: Photographs
  • CM/8: Audio-Visual Material
  • CM/9: Objects
  • CM/10: Publicity & Ephemera
  • CM/11: Other Organisations
  • CM/12: Miscellaneous

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Donated to Bishopsgate Institute by Graham Wilmington on 10 March 2016.

Other Finding Aids

Adlib catalogue and copy of handlist available in the Researcher's Area.

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Grace Biggins.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying and digital photography (without flash) is permitted for research purposes on completion of the Library's Copyright Declaration form and with respect to current UK copyright law.