The Power to Change is a new, independent charitable trust, set up with a £150 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund.
The Power to Change has been inspired by the real-life stories of successful community businesses around the country. In the face of tough economic times, there are hundreds of examples nationwide of people coming together to improve their local areas. From community-owned pubs and sports clubs to community-managed woodlands and parks, these enterprises are working for the benefit of local people.
The biggest of its kind in Europe, the Power to Change will help more of these amazing community enterprises to succeed. Funding and support will be available to organisations at each stage of their journey to becoming a sustainable community business, from inspiring and nurturing ideas to scaling up and expansion. The Trust will also play a broader national leadership and advocacy role to increase awareness of the social and economic benefits of community enterprise.
In the coming months, the Power to Change will operate an initial grants programme for existing community businesses already making a difference in their local communities. Find out more at www.thepowertochange.org.uk
Scroll through the videos below to watch community businesses tell us what the Power to Change means to them.
Trinity Mirror Group backs the Power to Change
As official media partner to the Power to Change, Trinity Mirror is helping celebrate and raise awareness of the many community enterprises across the country. Click on the stories below to find out more.