We use a unique combination of approaches to help communities. We call it 'The Plunkett Way', and it is made up of four stages that we term Inspire, Explore, Create and Thrive. 

Inspire

We inspire communities to realise the potential they have within themselves of tackling the issues they face. We do this in a number of different ways, for example by proactively promoting the co-operative approach through national and local media work, or hosting and attending community events. 

Explore

We then help communities to explore different ways of addressing their specific needs, which could be by visiting specific examples.

Create

Our expert team then works with the community to help them create their co-operative, drawing on our welath of knowledge and experience, as well as our specially-developed tools and resources.

Thrive

Once up and running we help the community to make sure their co-operative continues to thrive by supporting them through our membership scheme, by representing their views to governments, funders and other support organisations, or helping them to address another issue by setting up another co-operative. 

What kind of help do we offer?

Our support includes our central support team all of whom respond to enquiries by phone and email. You can contact us here - we're always happy to hear from you. 

We also have a network of advisers, mentors and specialists based across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland ready to help. In addition we produce a range of tools, resources and information available online to help communities, wherever they are based, through every step of the process. Depending on our programmes, we sometimes have funding available for communities, too.  

If you're looking for some support, whatever stage you're at, please get in touch with us.