Read about some of the community businesses we’ve supported and how they’re building stronger, more resilient local communities.
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.
Once a school caretaker’s bungalow, Hale Community Centre now takes care of a whole community often overlooked in an otherwise prosperous town.
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.
Chilli Studios wants to get closer to its members, and it is implementing a series of digital innovations to help it do just that.
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.
Myatt’s Fields Park in south London is one of the smallest parks in the city. But you wouldn’t know it from the diversity of activity taking place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When traditional regeneration initiatives failed to deliver, residents decided to nudge their main street back to life, one building at a time.
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.
Making London’s South Bank a better place to live, work, visit and study
Sowing & growing in one of London’s most deprived neighbourhoods
Growing the aspirations of young people in one of the most diverse and disadvantaged places in the country