What’s been the impact of an ‘Empowering Places’ programme on local communities?

Power To Change’s ‘Empowering Places programme’ funds community anchor organisations in six areas of high deprivation, to ‘catalyse’ and support the growth of new community businesses. The aim is to:

  • Support the local community to thrive and feel empowered
  • Support community businesses to be sustainable
  • Support local economic growth and improved infrastructure across each of the wider places.

We partnered with Renaisi, who have been evaluating the programme for the last three years, to produce this long-form ethnographic research video investigating the impact at a grassroots level.  It features three catalyst organisations: B-Inspired in Leicester, The Wharton Trust in Hartlepool, and Made in Manningham in Bradford, as well over twenty community businesses that they have supported, and some local residents.

The film is divided into three sections:

  • About the business (00:23)
  • Improving personal skills, confidence & connections (03:00)
  • Promoting community empowerment & wellbeing (06:47)