People should have the power to shape the places where they live.

Our argument

During Covid, we woke up to the power of community.

But it’s not new. People have long been working together to support each other, create good local jobs and improve their areas.

And by doing so, communities help to tackle some of the biggest problems facing us.

Problems like inequality, local decline, loneliness and mistrust.

So why is making a difference still such an uphill struggle?

We’re stuck in a system which isn’t working anymore.

Where power is held by remote institutions and distant politicians.

They’re looking for answers, but they’re looking in the wrong places.

We need to trust the people who know their areas.

We need to put power in the hands of our communities.


Who we are

Driven by community leaders

Sacha BeddingHartlepool

Running a place to meet in one of Britain’s most challenged neighbourhoods.

Neelam HeeraBirmingham

Tackling health inequalities at the heart of community.

Charlotte HollinsShropshire

Managing the country's first community-owned farm.

Andy JacksonSheffield

Building community in Heeley for 25 years.

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Inayat OmarjiBolton

Working with the whole community to regenerate a disused church.

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Deana WildgooseCoalville

Taking over buildings and putting them in community hands.

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Claude Hendrickson

Supporting people to build their own homes.

Trina Robson

Co-designing services with local people in Barrow.

Why it matters

What ever happened to ‘taking back control’?

Six years ago, the country voted to leave the European Union. Now, as yet another prime minister prepares to enter Downing Street, We’re Right Here has been asking: whatever happened to ‘taking back control’?

Community power comes to Parliament

On Monday 13 June, the movement for community power arrived at Parliament to stake its claim. And it was something to witness.

New research: Covid mutual aid groups are here to stay

Our new research shows that over four in ten of the local groups which sprang up in the first days of the Covid pandemic have become permanent hubs of neighbourly support.

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Supported by:

Power to Change logo New Local logo The Cares Family logo Locality logo Local Trust Logo
Young Foundation logo Peoples Health Trust logo Friends Provident Foundation logo Joseph Rowntree Foundation

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We’re Right Here is currently a campaign centred on English legislation. But we are keen to explore how we can build the movement in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Please get in touch if you would like to help.