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Organisations working with communities[edit | edit source]

  • Power to Change, independent charitable trust that supports and develops community businesses in England, "Our mission is to strengthen community businesses to tackle some of society's biggest challenges at a local level, including the three biggest challenges of our time: climate change, digital transformation and social inequalities." added 15:21, 3 October 2020 (UTC)

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How can we encourage a culture which enables citizens to act upon their needs and wants?
Authors: Nurture Development, Jul 20, 2016

Other resources[edit | edit source]

  • Community Shares "refers to the sale of shares in enterprises serving a community purpose. This type of investment has been used to finance shops, pubs, community buildings, renewable energy initiatives, local food schemes, along with a host of other community based ventures."
  • Building a Good Local Economy
  • Exploring Community Resilience, Author: Nick Wilding, Carnegie UK Trust, ISBN: 0-900259-82-5, Year: 2011
  • Localism, Policy information from
  • A plain English guide to the Localism Act,
  • My Community, 12 community support organizations combine their knowledge and skills so that you can access support and advice in one place, updated 16:04, 6 June 2020 (UTC)
  • Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap
  • Neighbourhood Ideas Exchange Toolkit, September 16, 2013, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
  • What Needs to be Done: The Manifesto for Local Economies

News and comment[edit | edit source]


This Really Is From The Grassroots Up.[1] Sep 15

Don't look to national politics for hope: you'll find it thriving in local councils, John Harris.[2] May 5



Timpson says a locally-driven approach needed to rejuvenate high streets. Retail industry experts have called for a community-focused approach to tackling the challenges facing high streets and town centres. Dec 20[3] Dec 20...Urban sustainability UK

Lesley Riddoch on the "power of local" - communities taking control in their own way, Nov 10[4]...Scotland news

One way to challenge the preeminence of big banks is to build a small one. The story of Avon Mutual. Oct 30[5]

Citizen-led Economic Transition – a four point framework for guiding action[6] Oct 27...Towards sustainable economies UK


Forget nimbys. Yimby housing policy can transform the UK – with the political will, Aug 11[7]

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"I'm welling up just talking about it": the marvel of Totnes LEF6, May 16[8]

Shop local – you can't afford not to, May 3[9]...Kent news

How 'Grown in Totnes' are reimagining the local food economy, May 2[10]


There's no economy without community, September 24[11]

CLES Manifesto for Local Economies charts a more socially just future, March 17[12]


New support launched to help communities save local pub as a co-operative, November 11[13]


Mary Portas and the Golden Tickets of Dorking, November 7[14]

Do our local systems need a complete overhaul to enable Open and Creative Citizenship? August 24[15]

Local Economic Blueprint highlights potential of community resilience, March 28

Events[edit | edit source]


July, Independent Retailer Month
global "Shop Local" campaign

July 4 Independents' Day

May 14 - 28 Love your local market

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

Local Works Campaigning to implement the Sustainable Communities Act

See also[edit | edit source]

local information can be found, or shared, via our many UK location pages

External links[edit | edit source]

  • Local Trust, "Trusting Local People", added 16:12, 26 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Community Savings Bank Association, exists to rebuild a network of independent, local banks in the UK, owned by and answerable to their customers.
  • Local United, diffusing practical initiatives in response to climate change and peak oil. Membership association of existing and aspiring social entrepreneurs.
  • Civic Systems Lab, Seeding a local civic economy in the UK and around the world 00
  • Make Works, factory finders, on a mission to make local manufacturing accessible and inspiring. Think of it like a public library. An open resource that lets you discover the relevant skilled people, places, tools and materials that allow you to manufacture, make or repair in your local area.
  • REconomy Project, part of the Transition Network
  • Totally Locally Ltd
  • Civic Manifesto: Localism for Real, Civic Voice W
  • Common Ground, United Kingdom charity and lobby group. Common Ground aims to promote "local distinctiveness" W

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