Power to Change has partnered with Practical Governance to back a new network developed to support and connect community business leaders during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Community Business Mutual Aid group has been launched to help community businesses connect and support each other, and to better understand the needs of community businesses in facing this pandemic. The group is run by and for community-led businesses in the UK and involves a weekly Zoom call, every Tuesday at 11.30am (BST) to discuss issues and share best practice with peers.
The network also brings together a number of practical and inspirational case studies of what community businesses are doing in response to COVID-19, as well as a resources page on sector and government support that is useful to the sector.
Community business leaders will receive a small contribution for sharing a case study or hosting a session.
The themes for the last call included:
- Volunteer hubs and offline social connection with Onion Collective and Heart of Hastings CLT
- Facilitating online social connection/entertainment with WRNV
- Managing food preparation, delivery and/or distribution services to the most vulnerable with Bretforton Community Shop with support from The Bevy
- Maintaining community-based health and social care with Inspired Neighbourhoods Group
- Crowdfunding/donations with Community Shares Co.
- Supporting staff and volunteer wellbeing with Project 6
- Working with the needs of people in new-build communities with Chichester Community Development Trust
Themes change each week to respond to what is needed. If you’re interested in sharing your experience, sign up here.