Be the change you want to see in your community

There's plenty of ways to change your community for the better this National Kindness Day, whether it's by bringing back to life a treasured local asset, or meeting a local need with a bright community business idea. This newsletter provides you with some practical advice and suggestions on how to achieve lasting change in your area.
Bright Ideas Fund re-opens April 19
Do you have a community business idea that you don’t know how to get off the ground? If you are a community group or organisation who would like to set up a community business but need some support, then this programme is for you.

Want to find out more? We recommend signing up to our FAQs webinar on 11 April
Make your bright idea a reality

£7billion worth of assets ripe for community business

We estimate that £7 billion of local authority assets could be transfered into community hands.

Through community asset transfers, 
people with local expertise can design and deliver the services their community needs and have control to bring back to life community centres, green spaces, sport facilities, libraries and school buildings as community businesses. 
Discover the £7billion asset potential
Featured grantee: Kiveton Park and Wales CDT

When the pits of the coal mining village of Kiveton closed in the mid-1990s, after 130 years of production, local residents found it hard to imagine what the future might bring. Over 1,000 jobs were lost and a majority of the buildings across the 200 acre site were demolished or fell into disrepair. 

Thankfully, Kiveton Park and Wales Community Development Trust, established in 1997, is supporting the regeneration of the former mining community. 12 months ago, they opened a new Community Sports Park with a £311,454 grant from Power to Change, and now their recent project to open a community cafe new mining-themed playground (designed in-house)
 has received funding through our Bright Ideas programme, which will help make the playground equipment designs ready for manufacturing. Not only will the new cafe and playground open up new sources of revenue by selling refreshments, but will provide an open space for the local community to meet up, and for children to play.

Regenerating a former mining community

Community businesses could become a 'Great Big Walk' pit stop 

The Great Big Walk, is connecting people and communities across the UK by getting walkers to join five walks that span the nation in the lead up to The Big Lunch and The Great Get Together weekend. Everyday walkers will arrive in a different area, and will join communities to share food, conversations and see wonderful projects in action.

This is a brilliant opportunity for community businesses to invite walkers to see their projects. Interested? you get in touch here

Could you be our Empowering Places Programme Partner?

This year, we’re launching our first place-based programme, working in up to ten neighbourhoods across England .

We are looking for an organisation or a consortium to become our Programme Partner, overseeing the management of the programme, grantees and capacity support providers. We’ll be launching the tender in the next few days – check our website for further details or register your interest.

Five ways you can change where you live for the better

Across the country, communities are coming together and taking matters into their own hands by transforming, protecting and shaping the places they live for the better. From coming up with ways to help tackle the housing crisis, to creating plans that give local people a real say over planning policies and development in their neighbourhood.

Here are five top tips on how to be the change you want to see in your community.
Five top tips
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 an ideas hack around mental health and community business 
5 April – Join us to learn about losing control to build social movements 

Greggs Foundation funds local community projects

With funding up to £2,000 available, The Local Community Projects Fund helps organisations based in local communities to deliver projects or provide equipment to people in need at the heart of our local communities. This fund could be especially useful for any community businesses based near a Greggs shop.
Grab yourself a... Gregg's grant
Get up to £10,000 to grow your organisation

If you are an organisation that helps people in need or the environment, you could benefit from up to £10,000, plus a free learning programme & mentoring as part of the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, supported by Big Lottery Fund.
Apply here
In the news...
Coming up
8 April – Sutton Community Farm Share Offer 2017 Launch, London

Sutton Community Farm are hosting an event to celebrate the launch of their share offer, it includes tours, delicious lunch and the chance to learn about investing and becoming a member. Register here.
27 April – Digital Strategies for community businesses

Join this free webinar from Economic Change CIC to find out how to maximise your community engagement strategy using digital tools. Register here.
27 April – Unlocking Networks: Networks and Coffee, London

A morning of networking, where you can hear from the peer network Community of Practice, hear from Power to Change about their ambition for the programme, and delve into some network mapping theory. Register here.
17 May –  Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) made simple, Manchester

A workshop covering the key changes coming into effect from April 2017. This is suitable for advisors, practitioners, those working directly with charities and social enterprises using the tax relief. Book here.
18 May – More than a Pub National Conference, London

A valuable day packed full with excellent training and advice, networking with other co-operative pubs and a chance to meet a wide range of stakeholders and supporters from the co-operative 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 in April please send an email to  
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