Revival plan for sector gets £2m

Mathew Little

A plan to revive the UK community sector and improve its relationship with public agencies has been awarded £2m by the Home Office.

The Communities Work project brings together the four members of the Community Alliance: Bassac, Community Matters, the Development Trusts Association and the Scarman Trust.

"This initiative is four community sector organisations coming together in a profound way to achieve more together than we can alone," said Steve Wyler, director of the Development Trusts Association.

The project is planning to develop 'community anchors' - strong, community-led organisations in poorer communities - and negotiate two-way 'community service agreements' between the community sector and local authorities or other public sector bodies.

Under the community anchor approach, a single organisation in a deprived area is helped to generate more independent income and take building and land into community ownership.

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