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.