Welcome to Worcestershire’s new Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) health and wellbeing initiative. We encourage and support collaborative activities, helping to secure the best health and wellbeing outcomes for Worcestershire people.
Is your building fit for purpose, your management arrangements robust and your documentation up to scratch? Find out from us through a friendly visit from us and a report based on your questions and our findings. The idea grew out of us carrying out simple energy efficiency audits for halls wishing to cut their energy bills and find funding sources for new kit.
Community First, through the Changing Futures Fund, is now able to support organisations in Worcestershire with their fundraising efforts. If you’re looking for information about where to get funding, support developing an application or help diversifying your income streams then we can help.
Find out how a dedicated group of enthusiastic book lovers created a Co-operative to open a new book shop in Malvern. Not willing to see Malvern without a place to buy new books and specialist titles this band of bibliophiles conducted a Community Share Issue to finance the opening of the Malvern Book Co-operative. Click here to find out how Community First can help you develop your own co-operative through the Co-operative Enterprise Hub.
As part of a continuing commitment to support local communities at its sites around the world, Malvern Instruments in the UK has entered into a five-year strategic partnership with Community First.
Worcestershire County Council has launched their new voucher scheme ‘Changing Futures Fund’. It will enable voluntary and community sector organisations in the county to access funds to purchase specialist business and organisation development advice focused specifically on your needs. We want our Community First members to benefit first: Take advantage of Community First’s professional advice and support.
Community Bulk Buying Scheme. Community First has set up a Community Bulk Buying scheme aimed at saving money on heating your home/office/school or village hall. An oil buying scheme offers people and businesses the chance to come together to negotiate lower prices for their fuel. Communities making the most of joint buying power can make significant savings.
Community First offers a wide range of specialist information, advice and support to voluntary organisations and to people wanting to benefit their local community - from self-help groups to social and community enterprises. If it’s a model document or specific information you need for your group or organisation, a person to talk to on the phone or a meeting to discuss your situation, then we can help.
Social Enterprises are trading businesses with a social or environmental purpose and a ‘greater than profit’ approach to commerce. There are lots of different businesses from shops and café’s to care services and manufacturers, from architects to zumba classes, all run as social enterprises and delivering social as well as economic value.