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Wellbeing for community business leaders
In this episode, we look behind the scenes at the pressures facing those who take the lead in community businesses. Community activists involved in making positive change happen are at a high risk of burnout. To help leaders handle the pressure, we hear some personal stories from community activists and explore some practical tips and advice on maintaining your wellbeing during community projects. We also hear some top tips about wellbeing and resilience from Eden Project Communities. Show...
Coming soon: Wellbeing for community business leaders
Setting up a community business to help bring about positive change in your local area can be a demanding task! In the next episode of the Community Business Fix, we explore the pressures and challenges facing community business leaders to shine a light on ways of maintaining your wellbeing when working on community projects. Have a listen to the trailer and check back on January 2nd to hear the full episode!
In this episode of the Community Business Fix, we visit Café INDIEpendent in Scunthorpe to shine a light on the impact this co-operative venture is having in its local area. Much more than a place to grab a coffee, the café is helping to tackle social isolation and providing training opportunities for young people. We also hear some top tips on community café’s from Buzz Lockleaze in Bristol. Show Notes You can read the full case study on Café INDIEpendent as well as other case studies on...
Coming soon: A story about community cafe's
We’re devoting the next episode of The Community Business Fix to community cafe's, well one specific one, Cafe INDIEpendent - but, as you’ll hear, the term “cafe” doesn’t do justice to the range of things that go on there. It’s a co-operative venture with 150 members. By day it’s a place that serves great coffee and is well used by community groups, by night it’s a lively music venue - but day or night it’s somewhere the young can find a listening ear. The show launches on the 1st of...
Saving Our High Streets
In this episode of The Community Business Fix, we explore the role of community business in saving high streets from decline. Given the rise in online retail, community business offer a way of repurposing our high streets to serve a more community-orientated goal. To demonstrate, we visit Homebaked – a community-run bakery in Anfield, which along with serving delicious pies on Liverpool match days also provides training opportunities for local residents to get back into employment. We also...
Coming soon: A story about local high streets
In the next episode of The Community Business Fix, we'll be exploring how community businesses can help revive high streets and why that matters. We spent two days in Liverpool at Homebaked bakery which is part of a community land trust with plans to revive their local high street. We've recording stories from all the people involved in setting up this co-operative bakery and CLT whose motto is "Brick by brick, we build ourselves". The show launches on the 1st of November, to hear the full...
In this episode of The Community Business Fix, we explore community shares by visiting Stretford Public Hall. This community benefit society raised capital by asking members of their local communities to contribute a small amount of money each. The results were staggering, proving just how powerful community can be. Show Notes If your group is just starting off and wants to get your community share offer off the ground, it’s worth applying to the Community Shares Starter Fund. You can...
Coming soon: A story about community shares
In the next episode of The Community Business Fix, we'll be delving into the world of community shares as a way to fund projects. We've just got back from Manchester after a few days recording stories from The Friends of Stretford Public Hall all about their mission to save the hall and renovate a beautiful ballroom. The show launches on the 1st of October, so to hear the full show, make sure you subscribe on your favourite podcast app. This is a Fieldwork production commissioned by Power to...
More than a pub
In this episode of The Community Business Fix, we get under the skin of community pubs. Why do they have a 100% survival rate compared to normal pubs that are closing every week? We went to The Gardeners Rest in Sheffield to find out how it's more than a pub.
Coming Soon: More than a pub
In this episode of The Community Business Fix, we'll get under the skin of community pubs. Why do they have a 100% survival rate compared to normal pubs that are closing every week? We went to The Gardeners Rest in Sheffield to find out how it's more than a pub. The show launches on the 1st of September, so to hear the full show, make sure you subscribe on your favourite podcast app. This is Fieldwork production commissioned by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community...
Learning to let go: the case for community control
In this first episode, Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive of Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, explores some of the ways local people have taken local power by running community businesses, and the many benefits that brings. Featuring community businesses from Bristol, Luton, Liverpool, London, Leeds, and Wellingborough.