Welcome from the Chair

Thank you for your interest in working for Power to Change.

Power to Change is an independent charitable trust established in January 2015. It was set up in response to growing recognition of the challenges faced by communities in maintaining vibrant local places with access to shops and services, opportunities for employment and skill development, a strong community fabric and a sense of a positive future.

Against this backdrop, some communities have come together to address the challenges they face. Across the country there are examples of local people joining forces to save local shops, pubs and post offices from closure; start locally owned sports clubs and facilities; create community-managed woodlands and green spaces; develop community energy-saving schemes; set up community centres and enterprise hubs; and embark upon community-led housing to help regenerate local areas.

We believe that many of the answers to the challenges being faced by communities lie within communities themselves and can be addressed through the devolution of power to local people. We believe in the virtuous circle of community business - that in being led by the community, responding to local need and ploughing all the benefits back into that same community - community business can be a powerful vehicle for change and bring new prosperity, opportunity and pride to local people and places.

We believe that every place would benefit from community businesses of its own. Over the next ten years we will use £150m provided by the Big Lottery Fund to support, develop and grow community business in England. To do so we are taking a unique approach to delivering funding and support, bridging the gap between conventional grant-making and social investment, and seeding inspiration as well as enabling sustainable solutions to the needs of communities.

During 2015 we have built the core of the permanent team of the Power to Change, bringing together a group of talented individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, committed to innovation, openness and impact and with a real passion for transforming places through community business. We are now looking to complete our team in order to implement our strategy and drive forward an ambitious programme for 2016.

Carla Stent
Acting Chair

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