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Something to smile about on Blue Monday

It might be Blue Monday but here’s a reason to turn your frown upside down. In this newsletter, we explore the innovative ways community businesses are supporting the mental health of local people. We also explain our priorities for the year ahead, taking a more place-based and sector-focused approach to our funding programmes. Scroll down for more.
Power to Change priorities for 2017
“We provide access to advice, funding, research and networks for community businesses. In 2017, we'll be focusing more on specific places and sectors.”

As we start our third year, Power to Change Chief Executive Vidhya Alakeson sets out our priorities for 2017.
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Alternative routes to improving mental health

This Blue Monday, we're celebrating the innovative ways community businesses are tackling mental health issues and promoting wellbeing across Britain.

Has your community business helped your mental health? Share your story on our Facebook page.
Don't be blue, read the blog
13 ways to change the place you live in

Through our Peer Network programme, thirteen organisations, from Cornwall’s Eden Project to community football experts Supporters Direct will set up peer networks aimed at developing community businesses.

The 
programme has also brought 13 peer network experts together to explore how community businesses can connect to transform the places where they live.
Find out more about the 13 peer networks
Social Values act


Power to Change is conducting some research to know how the Social Value Act is affecting community business. We want to hear from a range of community businesses, whether you’re aware of the Social Value Act or not, and from community businesses bidding for public service contracts. Your views will inform our response to the Social Value Act review due this year. Interviews will take place by phone until middle of February 2017. If you’d like to make your voice matter, please get in touch with Ailbhe McNabola.
Open call for research



The Power to Change Research Institute is looking for research proposals that have tangible benefits for the community business sector in England. Funding in the range of £20,000 to £30,000 per project is available for up to six research projects, to be completed by the end of December 2017. Deadline for proposals is 6 February 2017.

Read the criteria and submit research.
Grantee of the week: Friends of Kensal Rise Library

The Friends of Kensal Rise Library (FKRL) are a community group who have finally seen the hard work of all their campaigning to save Kensal Rise library pay off. Instead of the library being developed into private property, the ground floor has been returned to the local community. With an impressive £160,000 funds raised in just seven months including a £75,000 grant from Power to Change. FKRL plan to refurbish the disused library into a modern public space for local communities to use and for hire. This is particularly important in an area where 30% of households are overcrowded, as it gives local people a place where they can gain skills, volunteer and meet other people.

In order to sustain the library’s future, income will be made from hiring out space to 
partners 
organisations running IT employment classes, dance and drama classes, hot deskers and local councillors to run their surgeries.

Find our more about Friends of Kensal Rise Library
£80m Life Chances Fund launched

The new £80 million Life Chances Fund launched by the Big Lottery Fund is aimed at helping people in society who face the most significant barriers to leading happy and productive lives. 
Find out more and apply
Run a community pub or shop? Connect with your peers

The Plunkett Foundation has launched two Facebook groups, to help people involved in community pubs or community shops connect.

You can request to join them by following the relevant links below: 
Join the community shops network
Join the community pubs network
Free media training for community businesses

Raise the profile of your community business with free marketing and media training thanks to My Community and Media Trust. Only Reading and Bristol applications are still open until the 24 January.
 
Register here
Community engagement ideas from Eden Project

Eden Project have launched ‘Eden Project Communities’ – a website full of project or activity ideas that you can run or be part of in your community. Why not run a ‘Disco Soup event’, create a pop up shop or arrange a memory walk. We promise there are lots of innovative community ideas here as well as practical tips.
What could you do?
Business planning tool for community business

Edventure Frome have created a community enterprise canvas – a useful tool to help you start planning and communicating your community business. Helping you to map out your purpose, solutions, business model and the community you serve.

 
Find out more
In the news...
Coming up
19 Jan - Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2017 - Devon
The Devon Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2017 will provide development support to Devon based social entrepreneurs and third sector leaders over through ten days inathree month programme. Apply here.
 
24 Jan - Measuring Impact Masterclass - London 
For organisations who want to develop a framework, reporting process and system for measuring the social and economic impact of their projects. Book here,
 
30 Jan - What Trustees need to know about good impact reporting - London
This seminar will explore how trustees can support and learn from good impact reporting. Book here.
31 Jan - Change Management Masterclass - London 

A step-by-step introduction to managing change within your organisation. Suitable for non-profit organisations looking to introduce and embed new working practices. Book here.
If you would like to advertise a community business related event or training, or volunteering/job opportunity in our next newsletter going out at the end of January please send an email tocharlotte.cassedanne@thepowertochange.org.uk  
 
 
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