The Plunkett Foundation are holding a national sharing event for community groups, parish councils and voluntary organisations who are exploring ideas or in the early days of setting up a community co-operative.
Rural life in the UK isn’t always easy, with the decline of vital services, the limited availability of jobs, affordable housing, public transport, adequate broadband and the rising cost of utilities. For many people, living in a rural area presents a daily challenge.
Rural communities, with a little help, can address these challenges themselves and the long-term solution is often achieved through enterprises that are owned by the community, for the benefit of the community.
Community co-operatives trade primarily for the benefit of their community often offering additional services such as post offices, libraries, cafes and community hubs.
Come along to the conference to meet other communities and organisations to share ideas and learn:
- How your community can get involved and the importance of consultation
- How to build a strong foundation from legal structures, to business planning and funding
- Lessons from thriving community co-operatives.
Find out more here
Find out more about rural community co-operatives here