Research project – Understanding the future potential of village halls and other community buildings as community businesses
Community First Yorkshire was one of only three organisations nationally to be awarded a grant from the Power to Change Research Institute to support community buildings as businesses.
The grant will be used to better understand the size, scale, scope, potential growth and future pipeline of Village Halls/Rural community buildings as Community Businesses.
What is a Community Business?
Community Businesses are organisations which are: Locally rooted in a particular geographical place and respond to its needs; Trade for the benefit of the local community – their income comes from things like renting out space in their buildings, trading as cafes, selling produce they grow or generating energy; Accountable to the local community and deliver Broad community impact – delivering benefit and impact for their local community as a whole. They often morph into the hub of a neighbourhood, where all types of local groups gather, for example to access broadband or get training in vital life skills.
Have your say on the future of community buildings in North Yorkshire
Community First Yorkshire’s successful bid was submitted in partnership with Durham Community Action. Over the next nine months the two organisations will be undertaking primary and secondary research across North Yorkshire and the Durham Dales – covering some 574 Village Halls and rural community buildings.
The first survey to capture views is now open. Please take five minutes to tell us what kind of funding and support you need to develop your community building.
Deadline: 18 September.
By way of an incentive, we will award £100 to a randomly selected respondent organisation to support their community buildings work.
All responses will be treated in the strictest confidence. We will share our research findings here and through information workshops later in the year.
A Steering Group comprising members from both organisations, Power to Change Research Institute and Village Halls/Rural Community Buildings and others will oversee the research.