We are committed to supporting communities to become strong, resilient, and sustainable.

To enable us to strengthen our support to communities further we are looking to incorporate an asset-based community development (ABCD) into our work.

An asset is anything that makes a community better it can be existing associations, contributions of residents or stories. ABCD builds on the assets that are found already in the community and empowers individuals, groups and organisations to come together to develop their strengths.

Our commitment to ABCD is based on the belief that people live more fulfilling lives when they have the power to shape their own outcomes and change things that matter to them.

Connected Communities Fund and Spacehive

As part of this ABCD approach, we have launched a £500,000 fund has been created to strengthen and develop the district's communities following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Connected Communities Fund will be used to support our aim to transform the way we work with residents, voluntary and community organisations.

The fund will be used to support projects around the themes of places, people and supporting charities and social enterprises.

Projects will be brought forward to consider for funding but some of the money will initially be spent on a new crowdfunding scheme to continue the council's investment in community projects. There will also be a new digital platform to improve engagement with residents so they play a greater role in how their neighbourhood develops.

Connected to this, we have made £150,000 available as part of the People Make Places Fund through Crowdfund Worcestershire over the next three years to support innovative and sustainable community transport projects across the district.

Other existing funds include the £150,000 People Make Places: Ticket to Ride Fund and the £19,000 Malvern Hills District Council Ward Budget.

Connected Communities Strategy

We have developed a draft Connected Communities Strategy anchored around three central themes of healthier, safer and inclusive, stronger and sustainable communities. We would welcome your feedback on our 10-minute consultation presentation. Watch the presentation.

We want to hear your views on the proposed strategy we would be very grateful if you could complete this survey. Deadline is 1 November 2021.

Take part in the Connected Communities Consultation

Connecting with your community

Parish councils are your grassroots local councils, run by councillors who volunteer their time to make their community a better place. They work towards improving community wellbeing and providing better services.

Your councillors meet regularly as a parish council and welcome attendance and participation from the communities they serve. Meetings are advertised, but you can contact the parish council clerk for dates and times of the forthcoming meetings. Parish councils also get involved in lots of projects with their communities. Working groups are made up of parish councillors and community representatives working on a specific project, such as setting up a new local shop, carrying out a parish plan or helping to develop a neighbourhood plan. Get involved or find out more.

Some examples of communities working together are:

To help us shine a spotlight on asset-based community development we have commissioned a short film that showcases some of the brilliant community organisations and groups across the two districts already working effectively in this way. Watch the Connected Communities video.