The event was for communities who are at the early stages of exploring their co-operative idea so that they could find out more about the powers available to protect and save vital services and assets in their local area. 

During the day we discussed key topics and ran workshops looking at volunteer retention and follow-on support, business planning and available funding as well as a breakdown of legal structures and how communities can chose the right model for them. 

We were also lucky enough to hear from two wonderful local case studies; from Denise Wilson of the Clapham Village Store who showed us a heart-warming film featuring Ferdinand the church mouse, and Martin Booth of Hudswell Community Charity who have saved their local pub and are pioneering Yorkshire’s first community-led housing scheme.

Thank you to everyone that attended as well as Community First Yorkshire, Yorkshire Local Councils Associations,  Denton Hall for their warm hospitality and to Esmée Fairbairn Foundation who kindly funded the event as part of the Rural Community Co-operatives project. To find out more about the project please visit the dedicated project webpage here.