What we do

The Plunkett Foundation helps rural communities through community-ownership to take control of the issues affecting them.  Our work is focused on:

Community-owned village shops

Plunkett is the only national organisation supporting the development of community-owned village shops in the UK.  Through a dedicated team, specialist support programme and online, phone and face to face support, Plunkett is able to support communities to open new community-owned shops and to help existing community-owned shops to thrive.

Rural social and community enterprises

Plunkett promotes and develops support for rural communities to develop a wide range of other forms of rural social and community enterprises to help rural communities through community-ownership to take control of the issues affecting them.  Examples include co-operative pubs. Plunkett undertakes various research projects on this area.

Community food enterprises

Plunkett supports the development of a wide range of community food enterprises through the Making Local Food Work support programme which helps communities to take ownership of their food and where it comes from.  Plunkett provides support to collaborate farmers’ markets, community-owned local food shops and specialist enterprise support to a whole range of other enterprises through this work.  Through our networks of partners we are able to support Community Supported Agriculture, Country Markets, food co-operatives and other forms of community food enterprise.

Promoting the Plunkett approach to rural issues

Plunkett dedicates time and resources to promoting the Plunkett approach to rural issues.  Through this work Plunkett develops and influences policies relevant to rural communities and community-owned enterprises.  We also promote community-owned enterprises, co-operatives and social enterprises to rural communities through a range of events, partner networks and high profile press and media campaigns.

Plunkett also undertakes a range of consultancy work for public, private and civil society organisations.