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Helping your community enterprise to survive and thrive

A community enterprise is a sustainable business that meets a need in a community by relying on people buying what you’re selling – whether that’s products or services. The things you sell, or the activities required of you, to create your products and services, or both, will help you meet that need.

A Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector

Governance is high on the agenda. Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations driven by altruistic values and working for public benefit are increasingly expected to demonstrate how well they are governed.

Resource: Hiring out community premises – a ‘landlord’s checklist’

Many community venues generate income by hiring out their premises to a wide variety of other groups and organisations, for everything from regular club meetings to one-off social functions and arts events -  but it’s important to protect the organisation hiring out the premises and the individual or group ‘buying in’ the facility.

NHS Complaints Advocacy service - helping people to be heard

Many of us don’t like complaining. We find it difficult, embarrassing and are not always sure who we should take our concerns to. The NHS Complaints Advocacy service is free, confidential, and independent of the NHS and, in Norfolk, is provided by a partnership of Age UK Norfolk, Equal Lives, Community Action Norfolk and POhWER

Resources: Productivity Tools

A selection of digital resources to help charities.

Community Development and Organisational Support

We know that being able to get help with accessing funding, strengthening your governance and developing new projects and initiatives is one of the priorities whenever we ask organisations about what they need from us.

Resource: Menu of Preventative Interventions

Public Health England has released their menu of preventative interventions that help to improve people’s health and reduce demand on health and care services.

Resource: Public Health and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector

Volunteering Matters and The Local Government Association have published their report, “Public health working with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector: new opportunities and sustainable change”.   The report shows how important it is for local authorities and VCSE sector to work together to make a real impact on the health and wellbeing of the local community.  For more information please click here.  

Resource: Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society

The House of Lords Select Committee on Charities has published a report, Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society. 

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