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Linwood Community Development Trust shows the power of community-centric economies

Linwood Community Development Trust (LCDT) was formed by a group of volunteers from the local community, who want to improve health and wellbeing, reduce social inequalities and build social capital within Linwood. Their vision of a community-led local economy drives their work in galvanising bottom up economic development to improve health and wellbeing, reduce social inequalities, and build social capital.

The Trust came about in response to private sector-led economic development that excluded residents from much of the promised economic benefits and ignored their voices in decision making.

Efforts started with online petitions and email campaigns protesting local government actions and were continued with extensive consultations over 2 years with 2500 local residents to inform plans for projects to address issues the community identified as being important.

The Trust successfully stimulated local development in line with what local people said they want and need. Successful initiatives include a community owned village (‘Mossedge’) which has an all-weather football pitch, centre, theatre, and café and the Roots of Linwood Grocers, which creates local jobs offers high-quality, low-cost, fresh fruit and vegetables invests all its surplus back into the community.

Linwood’s employee-owned small businesses capture and maintain circulation of funds locally – the surplus of which is reinvested in Linwood.

Along with keeping wealth circulating in the community, the LCDT's progressive development measures have improved health and sense of community and participation in the town.

Find out more here.


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