Principles met

  • We will promote community-based approaches to economic development that focus on supporting the creation of jobs, social enterprises and other businesses and providing an environment for co-operative and mutual enterprises to thrive.
  • We will support the development of a framework and criteria for social value, giving substance to the concept and supporting Councils with the tools to ensure better local social and economic outcomes.

Community Hubs are places that act as a central point of contact and support for their communities. Hubs are connectors of people, communities, local groups and voluntary sector organisations and a place where people can find friendship, positive things to do, acquire new skills and share their expertise, and get help and advice on food, housing, finances, health and wellbeing.

In Stroud District, there are a number of Community Hubs already established and a great network of voluntary and statutory organisations working together alongside parish, town and district councils.

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, communities came together to play an active role in responding to the emergency with countless acts of kindness and solidarity.  Informal networks sprung up all over the district, helping to reach people in need of support and ensure everyone knew where and how to get help. This enhanced the response on the ground and demonstrated how important it is to understand, value and support the strengths, capacities and skills held within communities in order to be better prepared for future emergencies. 

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