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Community Economic Development/Building Resilient Communities

Our aim is to build resilient communities able to carry out positive actions that will enhance the wellbeing of their communities and those that live, work and play there.

Identifying common needs.

We will work with those that can demonstrate that they have identified common needs and who are prepared to work co-operatively with others in order to involve the community in providing practical shared solutions.

Keeping wealth local & enabling community development

The 'sticky pound' or retaining and recirculating trading profits within the economy means that communities can benefit rather than wealth leaving the area.

Relocating decision-making and economic regeneration closer to those affected has been a principle long championed by co-operators. Services, businesses and economies function best when the communities in which they operate and the users, consumers and workers who rely on them have a say and a stake in how they are run.

This means giving local government greater powers, and the funding to match, but also devolving decision-making beyond town halls. This has to mean strengthening the laws that give communities greater powers. Communities need new routes to ownership – whether it’s breathing new life into the shuttered shops on their high street or installing innovative green technologies to generate clean power. So changes to the Localism Act, for example, are necessary to create longer time periods for communities to mobilise and challenge developers, and new rights to purchase assets. Community Improvement Districts should be codified to reconnect communities with the levers that drive economic development.



Investing in Community enterprises to enhance community wealth.

Resilience - people supporting each other through mutual-self-help

As a charity we do not undertake projects to make an individual wealthy but we will support individuals that want to improve the wealth of their community.

We do offer projects to support employability.

These include work experience opportunities with established social enterprises.