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Read about some of the community businesses we’ve supported and how they’re building stronger, more resilient local communities.

Socco Cheta Community Hub

Socco Cheta Community Hub

On the London/Croydon border, a new hub will bring together a diverse and vibrant neighbourhood where inequality and a lack of cohesion is threatening to splinter the community.

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Hale Community Centre

Hale Community Centre

Once a school caretaker’s bungalow, Hale Community Centre now takes care of a whole community often overlooked in an otherwise prosperous town.

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Digital skills: Whitley Bay Big Local

Digital skills: Whitley Bay Big Local

Over the last year, Whitley Bay Big Local has changed how it has done many things. It’s organised itself differently. It’s changed how staff and members communicate.

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Digital skills: Queen’s Mill

Digital skills: Queen’s Mill

Like many other organisations, the team from Queen’s Mill in Castleford has been wrestling with the question of how to reach the whole of the community.

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Digital skills: Fordhall Farm

Digital skills: Fordhall Farm

Fordhall Farm has found the last year easier than some other community businesses. Its activities are outdoor, and many have been less affected by lockdown. As a result, people have flocked to enjoy what it has to offer.

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Real Ideas

Real Ideas

Real Ideas is many things: social enterprise; catalyst; anchor and enabler, but at its simplest it’s an organisation providing support and space to people in communities with good ideas.

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FC United of Manchester

FC United of Manchester

When FC United set up as a supporter-owned football club, they weren’t to know how rewarding their role in the community would come to be.

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AFC Lewisham

AFC Lewisham

When a mother’s 13-year-old son was turned away by local football clubs, she decided to take matters into her own hands and set one up herself.

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Nudge Community Builders

Nudge Community Builders

When traditional regeneration initiatives failed to deliver, residents decided to nudge their main street back to life, one building at a time.

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Digital skills: Upper Norwood Library Hub

Digital skills: Upper Norwood Library Hub

Last year, like a lot of community businesses, Upper Norwood Library Trust found itself facing a big problem. It had built all its services around its community hub. Now, suddenly, all those services had to move online.

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One Voice Blackburn

One Voice Blackburn

Growing the aspirations of young people in one of the most diverse and disadvantaged places in the country

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