The Plunkett Foundation has been commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority to deliver a package of funded support to help community groups of residents take control of their local pubs, where they have closed or are at risk of being lost.
Plunkett, a UK-wide charity, has run its More Than a Pub Programme over the last three years, working with hundreds of communities to achieve community ownership or leasehold of their local pub when it was in danger of being lost.
Community ownership means pubs (where residents buy shares to collectively own the Freehold or leasehold) can put all sorts of activities and services into their buildings as well as being the local place to have a drink. There are community pubs hosting shops, post offices, health services, dementia groups, knitting circles and all sorts! Pubs combat poor mental health and isolation, and provide work experience, volunteering opportunities and employment locally to all ages.
The Plunkett Foundation would like to hear from any community groups or residents that may benefit from their support in saving a local pub. The charity want to help to put the pub in the best possible position, ahead of the forthcoming Government Community Ownership Fund to be able to make an offer for the pub Freehold or taking a Leasehold out as a community.
If you have questions about this support, please contact Diane Cameron, Project Support Officer, on 01993 630239.