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Random acts of kindness all year round

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, a perfect time to celebrate all the lovely things people do for each other in community businesses. This month we visited the Highfields Centre (pictured above) and YES Brixham who work day in and day out to provide their local communities with vital services and involve them in decision making. We try to do the same at Power to Change - here's some of the ways we’re supporting communities including our latest community-led housing programme.
Bristol and Leeds to share in new £1million Community Housing Programme
On the day the government announced the housing market was ‘broken’, we announced our Community Housing Programme aimed at closing the ‘affordability gap’ and protecting local people from being priced-out of their own communities. The fund kicks off this month in Bristol and Leeds.
Find out more
Save your local

Following the success of saving The Abingdon Arms in Beckley, who were just successfully accepted onto our £3.6m More than a Pub programme, we want to encourage other local communities looking to save their local to consider doing the same. You can read their story here.
Make your local more than a pub
Featured Grantee: Highfields Centre
The Highfields Centre - a hub at the heart of the most diverse community in England
The Highfields Centre - a hub at the heart of the most diverse community in England 
Opened in 1974, the Highfields Centre has been the cornerstone of the local community in Highfields, Leicester for over 40 years. The centre is located in a richly diverse area with 85% of residents from BAME groups and only two miles from Narborough Road: the most diverse road in Britain. In the video above, Joint Senior Manager Priya Thamotheram explains the changing history of the local community and how the centre celebrates this.

There’s plenty on at Highfields Centre, including a sports hall available to over 9 local schools within half a mile, media and music facilities, a weekly elders fitness group, training opportunities and job clubs which are critical to the 8.2% on job seekers allowance in Leicester. With a Power to Change grant of £299,854, the centre 
can repurpose its spaces to be even more welcoming to the community with a street-facing café, a training kitchen big enough to cater for weddings, a repurposed sports complex and main event hall for local people to host business conferences and other events at affordable prices.
Communities and finding a 'just price'

Last week we saw much coverage in the press about the costs of courgettes and the price of fish. But when did a system based on a fixed price and a shifting measure turn on its head? And what does this mean for community business? Gen Maitland Hudson, our Head of Impact and Evaluation explores its history in the blog below.
How are communities finding a just price?
Calling all community energy organisations

Regen SW are on the look-out for community energy groups to get involved in their Smart Energy Marketplace on March 28, the largest energy event in the South West. Get in touch to get discounts on attendee or exhibitor tickets.
Contact Regen SW
New guide to co-operatives and community-led housing

This guide is aimed at helping community groups, housing associations and co-ops, local authorities and others in the initial stages of considering how to develop a new co-operative and community-led housing organisations.
Make smart decisions about community-led housing
Impact ambassador training

Economic Change have launched a training programme for individuals who are supporting organisations to develop an impact framework, assess and embed monitoring tools and systems to help monitor performance in real-time and evaluate the socio-economic impact of their work.

They are now delivering this training online as well as via public workshops in London. 

Click here for dates and details
Is a co-operative right for you?

Ever ask yourself this question? Well the Hive and Co-operatives UK are offering a FREE one day workshop across 15 different locations to explore the possibility of starting a co-op. These workshops will be run by experienced co-operative business advisers.
 
Where and when?
Spring into sports volunteering in Accrington

This practical 10 week course focuses on the skills needed to become a great sports volunteer, as well as offering volunteering experience within their inclusive sports club and more.
 
Interested? Find out more
In the news...
Coming up
21 February - Achieving viability and the support available for voluntary community sector groups, Leicester
An informative day about support and resources DCLG and others currently provide, and how this is being used to help community groups viability. It’s free so register here.
23 February - Understanding and using data: an introduction and overview, London
This session is aimed at those with limited prior experience of analysing data, and is focused on the basics of data analysis and presentation. Book here.
27 February - Legal Structures: the scope for social enterprise, Brighton
In partnership with specialist Business law firm Acumen Business Law, you will be guided through various legal forms for your social enterprise. Book here.
27 February- #Socent Social: FotoDocument, Brighton
Get together with like-minded people, be inspired and feel connected to the ever growing #socent community and see Nina Emett showcase her organisations documentary photography. It’s a free event so RSVP here.
9 March- Fit for the future conference - Birmingham
Practical one-day event for social enterprises, community businesses, charities, local authorities, housing associations etc and discusses the continued challenge faced by the health and social care system and the role we have in addressing them. Book here.
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 February please send an email to charlotte.cassedanne@thepowertochange.org.uk  
 
 
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