Multi-million pound Covid-19 recovery scheme launches for community-led organisations

A new £9.5million funding scheme that will support community-led organisations in England affected by the Covid-19 crisis, has been unveiled. The Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme (CCLORS) will provide grants up to £100,000 to community-led organisations in England that are facing severe financial difficulties as a direct result of the coronavirus lockdown. The scheme is open to all types of community-led organisation affected by the crisis. Applications are particularly welcome from organisations led by or directly supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, which have been disproportionately affected by…

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Community organisations, key to effective coronavirus response, must now be trusted to lead recovery, finds new Locality report

A new report from Locality highlights the vital role that community organisations have played in meeting community need and supporting people during the Coronavirus crisis. Community organisations often quickest to mobilise and key to coordinating and delivering emergency support. Locality call on government to: support a community-powered economic recovery; create collaborative public services; and, provide support to turn community spirit into community power. Community organisations have been the ‘glue’ linking mutual aid groups with private and public sector responses. Over 100 organisations contributed to the report, with input from community…

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12 community organisations launch platform to unleash new wave of community activism

Leading community sector infrastructure organisations in the UK have come together to create an online network to inspire and enable local people to act for themselves on the issues they care about in their community. My Community is the brainchild of 12 leading organisations including Power to Change, Locality, Acre, Groundwork, Local Trust, Plunkett Foundation, Co-operatives UK, MHCLG, NAVCA, New Economics Foundation, NCVO and Semble. Launching this week, it provides a go-to space of trusted resources to help people find the information they need about the support options available, while…

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Co-op and locality commit to protect and preserve community spaces across the UK

Co-op and Locality launch their Endangered Spaces campaign to protect, support and improve 2,000 at-risk community spaces by 2022 and are calling on the British public to help identify spaces that are in need of support by using #SaveOurSpaces. Research from Co-op and Locality identified a link between improved wellbeing and areas where community spaces such as cafes, community centres and playgrounds are easy to access, whilst the data also indicated that in areas where community spaces decrease, this contributes to the pride of a community going down. Despite these…

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