The majority of the CLTs we work with set up because they want their community to be a vibrant and sustainable place to live in, so they establish themselves in a way that they could take on other assets important to the community too. Wessex has found that as a CLT completed or became quite advanced into their first, housing project, the community members running it begin thinking about what else is needed in the community, and how the energy and practical benefits of the CLT can be harnessed for taking on and developing other assets. An example is Norton sub Hamdon CLT, which took on the community shop once their housing scheme was complete (picture below)
Wessex Community Assets is now undertaking a 2 year action research project, funded by the Friends Provident Foundation, to find out how best to support CLTs in their next endeavour and how the CLT model can provide real benefits for local communities through continued action. There will be an event on Tuesday 30 June 2015 between 1.00pm and 5.00pm to showcase the different kinds of projects that CLTs become involved in, to provide inspiration and information to any of those looking for the next step on their journey. The event will be held at the Red Brick Building Centre in Glastonbury, itself a CLT.
For further information and to register your interest in attending this event please contact Alison. The project is also seeking those interested in being involved in this work from a research perspective, if you would like to be part of the learning network for this project, and help set the questions that the project seeks to answer, please also contact Alison.