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Community buildings

Making them pay and keeping them going

Wednesday 7 June 9:45am - 3:30pm

The Priory Rooms, Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull St, Birmingham B4 6AF

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Book now by contacting Nicky Stevenson on 0798 903 6661 or email

About this event

This event will enable participants to think creatively about financing community buildings, and to understand and plan for sustainability and legacy

Who is this for?

It is for people in Big Local areas who want to:

  • Take on a community building as part of Big Local
  • Understand how to plan for making the building sustainable
  • Learn about other sources of finance for community buildings

Further information

As some Big Local areas are moving into year 5 of delivering their plans, more areas are considering taking on a building that will be part of their Big Local legacy. But the buildings will need to earn income to keep going beyond year 10 of Big Local. So the questions covered will include:

How can Big Local partnerships make plans to ensure that they will be taking on an asset for the community – and not a liability? 

Can other funding be used for the purchase and could some of it be borrowed from a social lender?

Contributors to this event will include Niamh Goggin from Small Change, who has provided guidance to several Big Local areas thinking of taking on buildings, and Peter Hughes, from Charity Bank, who will talk about what lenders will want to know about your plans if you’re borrowing to finance a community building. 


Agenda 7 June

Time Description

Arrival and coffee


Welcome and introductions


Introduction: Why do you want a community building?

Discussion to explore the reasons for taking on a building – the benefits and potential risks, and what can be done to avoid the pitfalls


Experiences from other Big Local areas

Niamh Goggin, Small Change
Examples of successful community buildings and how they generate income


Sources of finance

Raising ‘capital’ finance, the role of grants and loans




The lender’s perspective

Peter Hughes, Charity Bank

What a sustainable community building looks like, and what evidence you would need to produce on finances, governance and social impact to borrow from a social lender


How to test for and evidence sustainability

Group work on market research, consultation and testing the market


Feedback, summary and evaluation



More about this event

The event is free for anyone who lives or works in a Big Local area and we will provide lunch. We also provide financial support for travel, childcare and other care costs to residents in Big Local areas. We can also book and pay for travel in advance. For information on expenses and support, please contact Maria Petterson by email or phone 020 3588 0578

If you are attending a Big Local event as part of your paid work/employment then we ask that your employer cover your expenses. However, we can pay or contribute towards worker’s expenses in exceptional circumstances.  Please ask when booking for further information.

Interested in participating? Want more information?

This event is being organised for Local Trust by Big Local rep, Nicki Stevenson. There are a maximum of 35 places available. To ensure as many areas can take part as possible we are initially limiting places to three per area. To book a place or if you have any questions please contact Nicky Stevenson on 0798 903 6661 or

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