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In the West Midlands

Much of the UK’s industrial revolution began in Birmingham and the Black Country area of the West Midlands. The region is home to a number of globally competitive companies, but locally it’s a very different story. Deprivation is high with 34.5% of local areas amongst the most deprived in the country, and unemployment is higher than the UK average. 

Despite the challenges, the West Midlands had experienced a resurgence pre-pandemic thanks to growth in the business and professional services sector and high levels of business tourism, all driven by a young workforce. However underlying this growth, significant issues persisted with inequality, poverty, youth unemployment, low skills, poor health and school performance.

Since 2015, Power to Change has invested £5.2m into the region with the majority of this going to community hubs. 

With a dedicated focus on the West Midlands, Power to Change has supported the regeneration of disadvantaged areas in the region by helping to establish a community-led housing hub, strengthening communities through greater community cohesion, and increased resilience through the long-term ownership and stewarding of assets.

West Midlands Urban Community Homes has focused on the urban areas of the West Midlands conurbation and formed alliances with community housing hubs emerging in the surrounding rural areas of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire and are involved in a number of emerging projects in the area. Their vision is to see 5% of homes built in the West Midlands by 2031 to be community-led.

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Case studies
FROM the West Midlands


Revved Up

A community business for young people, designed by young people. Revved Up provides employment opportunities alongside engaging activities for local young...

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Global Grooves

After a devastating fire in 2018, this long-established arts organisation came back stronger than ever to establish the Northern Carnival Centre of...

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Coalville CAN

“Levelling the playing field” by offering free resource packs for positive thinking, this community business is now trying to place town centre buildings in the hands of Coalville’s...

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Kitty's Laundrette

Founded on an ethos of radical inclusivity and responsibility, Kitty's Laundrette enables its young co-operative members to take control of both their and their organisation's...

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Kirklees Local TV

Harnessing the power of film to tell hidden stories, Kirklees Local TV is an internet-based TV station that provides a platform for young people to grow their confidence and...

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October Books

Founded in the 1970s, radical co-operative bookshop, October Books in Southampton has expanded its reach to a new generation of young members and...

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Ten things we've learnt about volunteering

Power to Change recently commissioned a study on the value that volunteers contributed to community businesses. In this blog, Sarah Thelwall describes some of the findings that might be useful for community...

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At Power to Change, our mission is to strengthen community businesses to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges at a local level, including the three biggest challenges of our time: climate change, digital transformation and social inequalities.