Building resilience and sustainability
Our project has a two-fold approach of Community Organising and Social Business. We aim to connect local people with each other and support them to develop solutions, in partnership with public and private bodies, that respond to local needs and that are sustainable in the long term.
During the pandemic we have focused our work more directly on resilience and recovery – so that we address the immediate health and wellbeing demands alongside the economic challenges ahead that have disrupted local jobs and the wider economy.
Our resident-led Community Development Trust, which will be launched later this year, will help residents to identify and support community enterprises, access training and job opportunities, and provide a framework for partners to broker their investment and intentions with the whole community.
Citizen Action Groups
At TWCP we believe that local people should be at the forefront of tackling local issues and shaping the growth of their area through resident-led activity. We do this by establishing Citizen Action Groups based on key issues identified by local people. Any local resident is welcome to get involved if they have something that they are passionate about working on with their neighbours to help improve their local community.
We have tested several resident-led ideas and projects, as part of wider resident-led thematic Citizen Action Groups, which provide a safe and inclusive space that enables residents to be aspirational and work collectively. We provide back office support through a mix of community and organisational development support that enables a greater level of organisation that can grow ideas into concrete proposals that have a compelling social business proposition.
Our vision is to develop a wider ecosystem of resident-led social businesses arising from these Citizen Action Groups that retain a connection with the CDT and wider partners, so everyone benefits from each other’s success.