LocalMotion is a place based collaborative funder initiative that is exploring what might be possible if we work with six places in England & Wales in a different way.
The circumstances facing communities and charities across the country are increasingly difficult. The long-term and continuing squeeze on funding to local government and for local services against a backdrop of long-established regional differences, has left charities – themselves resource constrained – increasingly having to pick up the pieces. As independent funders we have been investing and supporting charities to survive and adapt for a number of years but we know that there is more we should do to support and boost the potential of people and communities, and crucially to do so through a place-based approach. We have therefore come together “To use our collective experience and resources to support local people to address social, environmental and economic priorities selected and driven locally and derive as much learning as possible from that process”.
As six funders we are keen to understand how to be more effective collectively in supporting issues facing communities across the UK and how this might change practice. We know we don’t have the answers, and we know the risks of top down imposed approaches – especially if they’re led by funders – so we think the only way this can be achieved is by working with local partners who are working in or want to find solutions to the social and environmental issues on their doorstep.
Strong relationships that cross sectors and tackle the root causes of poverty and inequality – places that work better for everyone, but especially for those experiencing the most disadvantage.
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