Power to Change gears up with support contract and roadshow

21st Jul 2014

The Big Lottery Fund's new Power to Change programme has started to gear up with the announcement of a road show of events and a contract to deliver support to community enterprises across England over the next six months.

This practical support for community enterprises will be delivered by a consortium including CSU partner Locality, alongsode Plunkett and UnLtd. This provision comes ahead of the Fund’s £150 million Power to Change scheme opening later this year. Power to Change will see the establishment of one of the largest new independent grant-making trusts in recent years.

To find out about the support available, visit the Power to Change page.

Backed by Trinity Mirror, Power to Change will use funds raised by National Lottery players to support community enterprises across England.

The initiative aims to empower communities to find sustainable solutions to issues they want to address in their local area. Community enterprises are about local people helping to make their community a better place to live. This could range from saving a local library, shop or pub from closure to setting up a new enterprise that creates job opportunities for local people and reinvests profits back into the local area.

Through this new contract the consortium will offer expert guidance to support, inspire and empower communities to make a positive difference and become self-sustaining.

Along with a peer support network, online learning and help with business planning and legislation, the consortium will deliver six free roadshow events across England. These will be open to community enterprises whether big or small, rural or urban.

Details below:

Leeds: Friday 5 September – Tiger 11, Hillside Bldg, 279 Beeston Rd, Leeds LS11 8ND

Birmingham: Tuesday 16 September – BVSC, The Centre for Voluntary Action, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR

London: Tuesday 23 September – Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Avenue, London N4 2HF

Dartington: Wednesday 24 September – Dartington Hall, The Elmhirst Centre, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL

Manchester: Monday 29 September – St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ

West Lindsey: Thursday 9 October – Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, LN2 2NA

For further information and to book your place at a roadshow visit locality.org.uk/powertochange