With Michael Gove back in charge of “levelling up”, we’re reflecting on our campaign for community power, the progress we’ve made and the tension that sits at its heart.
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.
In Sheffield, Heeley Trust has stepped in where the market and state had left – helping to create a healthy, prosperous, community-led local economy. Meet our campaign leader Andy Jackson.
Our campaign leader Neelam Heera faced continous push-back in her search for something simple – a space to house period products vital for the marginalised communities she worked with. She shares why a Community Power Act is vital in giving initiatives like hers the – literal – room to flourish.
Inayat Omarji MBE dedicated 10 years and 5000 hours spearheading the renovation of his local church. Today, All Souls Bolton has gone from an abandoned and vandalised space – to a beautiful hub for community life.
You’d think putting empty buildings to good use in community hands would be a no-brainer. For Coalville’s Deana Wildgoose it’s been an uphill battle – but one she’s not giving up easily.