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RIO to run community business events in Plymouth

By 22nd January 2016 No Comments

We believe putting business in community hands can transform places. That’s why the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) will be working with the Plymouth Social Enterprise Network (PSEN) to deliver community business events on behalf of Power to Change, an independent charitable trust with a £150 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund to support and develop community business in England.

What is a community business event?

We are running a series of events asking local people to share thoughts and ideas on how to bring about positive changes in the place in which they live by creating their own community business. They’re informal, relaxed events with discussions taking place and thoughts being shared over a pint in the pub, a coffee in a local cafe or outside, surrounded by nature.

If you want to join the discussions and feel you have some thoughts on how you can make a difference, or if there is an issue in your community that you want solved and want some community feedback on how to go about this, then these events are for you.

Find out about upcoming events in Plymouth below, and join the discussion. These events are completely free, and there is no need to book!

About Power to Change

Started in 2015, Power to Change is an independent charitable trust endowed with £150 million from the Big Lottery Fund to grow community business in England.

Over ten years, they will provide funding and support to help build many more sustainable community businesses that have positive economic, social and environmental impact in local places across England.

About the Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. They are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people. Every year they fund 13,000 small local projects tackling big social problems like poor mental health and homelessness.

Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.

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