Over the past two years, this Big Lottery funded pilot aimed to provide capacity building support to up to 150 small community organisations, typically with incomes below £10,000 per year, in each of Blackpool, Barking and Dagenham, Peterborough, Sunderland and Torbay.

Working with local infrastructure partners in each of these areas, our aim was for Communities Can to test new ways of getting help and support to enable small community organisations and groups to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence and to strengthen their influence in their area. It hoped to support them to do the things they do so brilliantly now for longer and on a firmer, more secure footing.

Communities Can was somewhat different in that it didn’t provide grants to these groups. We matched them to other organisations who have skills, experience and capabilities that they can share with the smaller groups. Most of our Communities Can providers work in the area themselves and so, by being paid to offer support to meet the development needs of the smaller groups, they were able to develop their own income streams whilst providing the benefit of their experience to others.

 

 

Outputs

Communities Can: how peer learning could help smaller community groups

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Ken Pickering, Outreach Worker for Communities Can in Torbay, and Tatevik Sargsyan, project lead, consider the potential ... → Read More

4 small community groups supported by the Communities Can pilot programme

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The Communities Can project has supported 378 small and diverse community groups through matching them to a range of exp ... → Read More

5 more small community groups supported by the Communities Can pilot programme

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The Communities Can project has supported 378 small and diverse community groups through matching them to a range of exp ... → Read More

The value of support for community organisations

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James Noble, Deputy Head of Measurement and Evaluation at NPC and co-author of the Communities Can final evaluation repo ... → Read More

Communities Can: Final Evaluation Report

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Communities Can was a 2-year pilot to test how best to provide organisational development support for small community g ... → Read More

Communities Can - Launch event

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The Young Foundation is delighted to have been chosen as the main service provider for the Big Lottery Fund to deliver ... → Read More