Four Corners of Community
Community Wellbeing is calling on all corners of the community to create a model of operations and a unique funding model that will create sustainability for the long term and make lasting difference. This funding model will be centred on community engagement. It will promote the idea that funding is not merely financial resources, but should draw on local expertise, physical effort and local awareness. This model is summarised as The 4 Corners of Community that work together to create A Powerhouse of Change. Each corner consists of:
1) Statutory services
2) Third Sector operators and funders
3) The Business Community
4) Local volunteers/Community Groups
To illustrate this point, we will look at one corner more closely: The Business Community. There are a reported 8,000 businesses in West Oxfordshire. If each business on average donated just £150 to Community Wellbeing per year, the income generated would have a massive impact and generate £1.2m (£150 x 8,000 = £1.2m.) The business would benefit from a raised profile and engender productivity. If each other sector - statutory, third sector, and individual – contributes, you then create a funding Powerhouse that will lead to a Powerhouse of Change which is community-led and locallyfocused.