What we are
Community anchors are ‘Independent community-led organisations operating in a local area. We are firmly rooted in a sense of place, and committed to positive economic, social or environmental change.
Calderdale Council is the first Council to have adopted a community anchor policy, to state their commitment to working in partnership with us.
- Playing a community leadership role, empowering and enabling local residents to get involved in their community to drive change
- Being a local provider of services – services delivered by the community for the community
- Maximising community assets (buildings and land) to bring long term resilience and sustainability – and with a particular emphasis on re-investing income in a local town or neighbourhood
- Being multi-purpose –doing a range of different things – to support their community and working holistically with their community to come up with solution to local problems
Why a network?
The Calderdale Community Anchors network aims:
- To provide peer learning/sharing/benchmarking opportunities
- To test a model of community hub consortium for delivery of local public services
- To shape local public services and attitudes towards local economic development
- To attract inward investment into local communities
- To use our local influence, knowledge and assets to effect local positive social change