Retain Services and Facilities

Local community groups run services and facilities in their neighbourhood for a variety of reasons - e.g some like-minded people may come together and decide to set up a new service like a toddler group, farmer's market, sports group or reading club.  A parish plan may show the need for a new activity or the community may mobilise itself to take over an asset at risk of closure, such as a community shop or pub.  GRCC can help your community to 'step up to the mark' to ensure that retail, social and environmental schemes or services are retained where they are needed and new activities introduced.

GRCC is proud to have been able to support Gloucestershire's communities to develop initiatives large and small - e.g. we set up the original Community Libraries Network by organising visits to existing community libraries in other parts of England and we have been supporting Gloucestershire communities taking on the challenge of running children's centres and services.  

We support by helping you to source grant funding, providing 'how to' guides to help you get your initiative off the ground and by sharing our understanding of legal documents.  We give one-to-one advice to help tease out your issues and solutions, making sure that you are set up and running effectively and we can provide hints and tips on bringing people together to support your initiative.  This allows you to tap into our knowledge of the wider issues affecting community projects.

If we don't have the direct answer to your query, we have excellent contacts with other organisations - locally and nationally through our RCC network across England - and they can offer further technical support.

Contact us 
Whatever the service or facility you wish to grow, retain or enhance, get in touch with GRCC's Community Advice Team info@grcc.org.uk or call 01452 528491.