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Discover a world of community business opportunities

Would you look at that! It's officially Spring next week. It's just as well that sunny weather is on the horizon as there are plenty of outdoor community business events in the calendar. Read below to make sure you get those dates in the diaries!
#BeBoldForChange all year!
Last week we launched our #BeBoldForChange campaign celebrating women in community business for International Women's Day. We shared women's stories like Furzana Khalifa's, and will continue doing so in 2017, so please get in touch if you have a story to share.

We also
 went Live on Facebook at the Anglers Rest in Bamford, capturing their International Women’s Day event. Watch the inspiring talks
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After the budget: What next for our towns and neighbourhoods? 

Is it time for the government to change its role in local communities? Vidhya Alakeson, our Chief Executive thinks so. In her latest blog, she shares her thoughts on whether the government needs to change its role and re-invent itself as a place-maker, working in partnership with business, civil society and communities to create new models locally.
Volunteer in a community business? Under 25?

We’re looking for young people who volunteer in community business to support the #iwill campaign, which encourages 10-20 years olds to do good through social action. If you are under 25 and have gained work experience, confidence and even a job through volunteering at a community business, get in touch!
Look out for tips during #CommunitiesWeek17
 
It's Communities Week from 20-25th April  -follow the #CommunitiesWeek17 hashtag on social media for facts about your community rights, inspiring stories, research and funding opportunities from across the social sector.
  • Monday 20 - Community Assets and Green Spaces
  • Tuesday 21 - Neighbourhood Planning and Community-led Housing
  • Wednesday 22 - Community Pubs
  • Thursday 23 - Community business, social enterprise and funding
  • Friday 24 - Communities tell their stories. 



 
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Featured Grantee: Child Dynamix

Child Dynamix is a community business whose main focus has been social regeneration in areas of deprivation in Hull, one of the ten most deprived local authority areas. Children in the local area often grow up in difficult circumstances: living in families with addictions or not having a safe place to call home. Child Dynamix offers support to children, young adults, families, and carers by offering various activities and support, such as a parent peer mentoring programme, a youth centre with employability and training advice, a community toy library and three nurseries, the latest of which had its grand opening earlier this month.

Power to Change supported the refurbishment of the St Andrews Nursery in Hull by awarding a grant of £80,000 which unlocked a further £270,000 from SASC. This will help Child Dynamix reach even more children in need of nursery places, provide 15 local jobs and provide a supportive environment where parents can come together, socialise and receive support from their peers.

Join us at Marmalade '17

 Do you want to change the world but realised you can’t do it alone? Join us at Marmalade, a free fringe event in Oxford where people work together to unstick social problems and make social change.

Power to Change is supporting two of the fringe events:
4 April – Join us for ideas hack around mental health and community business 
5 April – Join us to learn about losing control to build social movements 
Get early bird tickets to Project Dirt's Offline Festival before they fly away!
Save time on social media

No one has time for social media but we know how important it is to market our businesses. Designed with social businesses in mind, Lightful is a new easy-to-use social media management platform. Lightful also provides practical guides, blog, cases studies and a network of sector savvy members who are happy to share what’s working for them.
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Get free stuff!

Need office stationery, goods for fundraising prizes or a good deal on a printer? In Kind Direct redistributes goods from companies to charities, social enterprise and not-for profit organisations. This helps companies clear space and support their CSR goals, while giving community businesses a convenient source of goods they need to operate. 
Register for free stuff
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Coming up
Save the date: 5-8th October Community Business Weekend

For its second year, Community Business Weekend is moving to the Autumn. October 5-8thto be exact. We’ll be asking community businesses to open their doors over the weekend and invite local residents to hear their community business story.

Please get it in your diaries, there’ll be more information in the coming months.
20 March – Focus group: The Needs of the Co-operative pub sector (London)

Calling all co-operative pub representative in London! Join Plunkett Foundation to identify and discuss the support needs of a thriving and sustainable co-operative pub sector. Book here.
28 March – Is a co-operative right for you? (Newcastle)

Free one-day session run by expert co-operative business advisers, for anyone interested in learning more about co-operatives, particularly start-ups and enterprises, as well as business advisers, community organisers and others. Book here.
28 March – Smart Energy Marketplace (Exeter)

Smart Energy Marketplace: a unique showcase of the emerging smart, decentralised energy system of the future. The largest event in the
south west. Book now.
12 April – Sources of Funding for Charities and Social Enterprises (London)

A practical workshop which will give you an insight into the
mind-set of the people who make funding decisions and what makes them tick. Book now.
20 April – NCVO Annual Conference 2017: Leading with purpose (London)

Join 600 colleagues from across the sector to discuss what the future holds for the voluntary sector. Listen to inspiring key note speakers, attend workshops, and receive expert advice, and share successes and challenges with your peers. Book now.
If you would like to advertise a community business related event or training, or volunteering/job opportunity in the next newsletter going out at the end of March please send an email to charlotte.cassedanne@thepowertochange.org.uk  
 
 
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