Eyes on the prize! Party pack worth over £500 up for grabs

We are offering up to 10 volunteer party packs worth over £500 to grabs for winners of this year's Rural Community Co-operative Awards.Read more

National research highlights social enterprises as part of the future for rural places of worship

Pioneering research shows that social enterprise can help the sustainability of places of worship across rural England.Read more

Plunkett Foundation and ACS announce new collaboration for Community-run Shops

Plunkett Foundation and the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) are delighted to announce that community-run shops that are members of the Plunkett will have access to the ACS assured advice scheme as of October 2017.Read more

Co-operative Awards seek best examples of community action across UK and Ireland

Plunkett Foundation launches Rural Community Co-operative Awards 2017 - apply today!Read more

Inspiring Yorkshire in 2017

On 21 September we took to the road to inspire a number of communities at the stunning Denton Hall in Ilkley.Read more

Society announces completion of Red House purchase

Great Oakley Community Hub Ltd, the Community Benefit Society that owns the Maybush Inn, is pleased to announce that it has completed the purchase of Red House, High Street, Great Oakley.Read more

In memory of Trevor Bottomley

We have put together a short piece remembering and celebrating the life of Trevor Bottomley, an influential figure in the co-operatives movement (1920-2017).Read more

Making Local Woods Work website refresh!

We are delighted to announce the refresh of our Making Local Woods Work website.Read more

NFRN Mutual becomes The Retail Mutual

The NFRN Mutual has rebranded as The Retail Mutual, opening its doors to a wider range of independent retailers and offering even more benefits to Plunkett Foundation members.Read more

Cornwall community shop celebrates after challenging year

Blisland Community Shop, Post Office and Café explain how they have overcome a difficult period and now look forward to a successful rest of 2017.Read more

Communities inspired at Countryfile Live 2017

Plunkett Foundation was proud to share Prince's Countryside Funds stand at this year's Countryfile Live show in the Bleinheim Palace grounds.Read more

Derbyshire community support needed to share common interest at Whistlewood

People who want to safeguard the Derbyshire countryside are being invited to support a local community-owned woodland project in Melbourne.Read more

Exbourne's 'inspirational' community shop and cafe celebrates 5 years of success

Five years after it opened Exbourne’s unique community shop and café, The Burrow, has been described as a ‘huge success’ and an ‘inspiration’ to others.Read more

Join our online network

In 2016 Plunkett Foundation was selected as one of Power to Change’s 13 peer network professionals as part of a new programme to help community businesses work more closely and support each other.Read more

Report urges young people to explore as part of National Countryside Week

More than one in 10 of 18-24-year-olds have never seen a cow in their lives and nearly a fifth of those who live in a city have never left itRead more

Rural Coalition Statement

James Alcock explains why Plunkett Foundation is proud to be a member of the Rural Coalition.Read more

Community co-operation celebrated at Plunkett Foundation AGM

Plunkett’s staff and Trustees were delighted to welcome over 50 members to Plunkett’s AGM on Wednesday 5 July.Read more

National report shows community shops as lifeline to remote villages across the UK

Over 1,400 rural communities across the UK rely on 348 community-owned shops to provide food, groceries and other services.Read more

Power to Change unveils programme to address regional inequality across England

Three new funding programmes will support a total of 15 English wards, cities and regions, many of which have fallen behind the rest of the country in economic growth.Read more