The Power to Change Roadshow arrives in Lincoln on Thursday 9th October 2014 to offer support and inspiration to people with a desire to make a positive change in their local community.
Whether it’s setting up a community business that creates job opportunities for local people and reinvests profits back into the local area, maybe saving a local library, village shop or pub from closure, community enterprises are all about local people helping to make their community a better place to live.
Run by Locality, Plunkett and partners, using Big Lottery funding, a range of support is on offer for community enterprises ranging from six free roadshows to a peer support network, to online learning and help with business planning and legislation.
To book a place at the roadshow go to Locality’s website, where you can also find out more about the Power to Change Community Network which offers enterprise tips, news and updates on support and funding.
Led by Locality in partnership with the Plunkett Foundation and UnLtd, each roadshow will introduce how to set up and run a community enterprise. At the Lincoln event not only will you be able to find out about the Power to Change programme but also hear about the pioneering work West Lindsey District Council have achieved so far through the West Lindsey Community Assets Fund. Guest speakers will include social entrepreneurs, community enterprises and local organisations, such as Hill Holt Wood, a social enterprise that provides education and training as well as ‘green space’ for the community and hall hire and Tealby Community Shop, which recently celebrated 10 years of trading.
A range of talks, workshops and advice from local experts will be on offer on the day to help turn the most ambitious of ideas into reality.Attendees will have the chance to learn more about governance, business planning and social impact and will find out about the financial support currently available.
Peter Couchman, Plunkett Foundation Chief Executive, added: “I am delighted that the Power to Change Roadshow is going to Lincoln; a city with a tradition in community enterprise. This is a wonderful opportunity for those in Lincoln and the surrounding areas to find out more about community enterprise, talk to successful community businesses already established in their region and build a plan for how they too can achieve their goals. I encourage anyone who has a passion for their locality to join us in Lincoln and become a member of the online Power to Change community network.”
Another way to get involved if you have a great idea for a community enterprise, is by entering a film competition to win £1,000. Find out more onLocality’s website. The competition closes on 30 September.
Backed by Trinity Mirror, publisher of the Daily Mirror, the Big Lottery Fund’s Power to Change initiative will use £150 million of funds raised by National Lottery players to support community enterprises across England.
West Lindsey Community Assets Fund is a £1 million programme that invests in community halls, sports venues, community enterprises and social enterprises. Applications are being taken now – More information is available from the Plunkett Website