Plunkett Foundation wants support for North Wales communities to save local services with examples such as the Community Shop and The Raven Inn in Llanarmon-yn-Ial
Rural enterprise charity Plunkett Foundation has launched a programme of support to target communities in North Wales to help them save local services.
With shops, pubs, libraries and other services under threat, the Plunkett Foundation is giving communities access to its specialist advice, mentoring, networking opportunities, tools and resources – all for free.
It hopes to inspire communities to follow in the footsteps of villages like Llanarmon-yn-Ial in Denbighshire who saved their village shop and local pub and now own both vital services as community enterprises, manned by volunteers and acting as key social hubs.
Peter Couchman, Plunkett Foundation’s Chief Executive, said: “North Wales boasts some fantastic examples of community enterprises, like The Raven Inn and Llanarmon-yn-Ial community shop. This community, threatened with the loss of both services, pulled together to save them through co-operative action. They are great examples of what can be achieved by rural communities and we would like to enable more communities to follow in their footsteps.”
The Raven Inn and Llanarmon-yn-Ial community shop will be hosting an event on Thursday 4th December in partnership with the Plunkett Foundation and funded by The Ashley Family Foundation to offer other communities the chance to be inspired, learn best practice and network with peers. For more information and to reserve a place visit www.plunkett.co.uk.
Community-owned services like shops and pubs are viable and extremely successful models of business, often thriving in areas of market failure. In the UK today 318 community-owned shops (16 of which are in Wales) and 30 co-operative pubs are trading – 6 of which are in Wales.