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Getting into the community spirit

It's Thursday afternoon, which means you're only a few hours away from the bank holiday weekend! Whether you plan to spend yours reading about community businesses working alongside their GPs, or you're looking for the next big event in your calendar, this newsletter is the place to begin your long weekend.
How can community businesses work with GPs to help people take care into their own hands
“Public trust in media and government has gone down dramatically around the world, and business isn’t doing too well either. But 79% of people always trust the doctors and nurses at the NHS, so how can we build on that trust to get patients to engage with community businesses and improve their mental health?”

Bill Graham from New Wortley Community Centre, explains how they are working with local GPs to support mental health.
The GP and community business counselling scheme

 
Bright Ideas opens on April 19

Do you have a community business idea and need support to get it off the ground? The Bright Ideas Fund opens on 19 April.

Read the guidance before you apply or watch the FAQs webinar.
Make your bright idea a reality
Are you a community business leader in the South of England?

Applications for our community business Leadership Programme re-open next week. This time the programme invites individuals from organisations in the South of England to develop their management and leadership skills benefitting your community business and the wider sector.

The programme will run from June to November 2017.
Register your interest
Featured grantee: The Cardigan Arms 

The Cardigan Arms is a historic pub in Leeds, with a decor that dates back to 1896. It’s one of the UK’s top 250 heritage pubs, so you can imagine the enthusiasm of local people to ensure it remained open for the community when it was put on the market by Greene King.

Led by local people, a community share offer has been launched with the ambition to open the pub as a cooperative, preserving a national heritage spot, and local asset. Co-op
have until the end of May to raise the £295,000 needed – already receiving £2,500 in business development support from Power to Change and Plunkett Foundation as part of the More than a Pub programme.

The pub has the potential to offer a lot more than drinks - there's an upstairs events room with a 100 capacity, two other rooms and a kitchen, a disused brew house in the cellar and a shower room for sports teams, which can all be used for a variety of community activities. The share offer will give the community a say on how the pub operates and what activities it provides.
 
     
Find out more this #communitypubsmonth
Three tips for community decision making
Shared decision-making is at the heart of many social movements, including community business. Power to Change's Charlotte Cassedanne shares the three tips she picked up at the Losing Control event at Marmalade '17, to make sure the whole community is involved in decision making, without (as many) headaches.
3 tips for community decision making
How a quiet revolution in property unfolded
Community shares and Community Land Trusts are changing the property landscape.
From the French revolution to the present day, Power to Change's Ged Devlin and Gen Maitland Hudson explain how a quiet revolution is developing new models for the civic management of both private property and public services.
How a quiet revolution in property unfolded

How can community businesses harness the power of their networks?


The Power To Change Peer Networking Programme is working with community business leaders to find out just that. Join us on 27 April to find out what we’re learning, and hear directly from community business practitioners such as Community Food Growers Network, Supporters Direct and others. Best of all, there’ll be a chance to network with fellow peer network and community business geeks over coffee!

 

RSVP for networks and coffee
In the news...
Coming up
27 April - Digital Strategies for Community Businesses Webinar

Free webinar to find out how to 
maximise your Community Engagement Strategy using Digital Tools. Delivered by Economic Exchange and Power to Change. Book here.
3 May - Third Sector Digital Leaders (London)

The School for Social Entrepreneurs and Zoe Amar Communications have partnered to deliver a digital leadership skills trainingprogramme for the leaders and senior management of charities and social enterprises. Book now.
9 May – Should charities step in for public services in an area of austerity? (London)

This seminar will ask questions like what is the likely path for public spending? How are charities using their assets to support public services and should they continue to do so? Book here.
17 May – How to make your data more meaningful (London)

This seminar is part of the impact measurement series at NPC. It explores different options for baselining and benchmarking, comparative analysis, and how
organisations have approached it. Book here.
18 May – More than a Pub National Conference, London

A valuable day packed full with excellent training and advice, networking with other community pubs and a chance to meet a wide range of stakeholders and supporters from the community pub sector. Book here.
If you would like to advertise a community business related event or training, or volunteering/job opportunity in the next newsletter at the end of April please send an email to charlottec@powertochange.org.uk  
 
 
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