Localise West Midlands are currently carrying out a feasibility study, which is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, which aims to discover how best to share learning, looking at tools, such as peer mentoring, which can be used to support greater growth and success within the community economic development sector.
The study is being carried out in urban, suburban and rural West Midlands (Coventry, Birmingham, Solihull, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton plus Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire & Shropshire).
Peer learning is one of the best ways to help people turn their good ideas from dreams into reality. Learning from someone like yourself who has travelled a similar journey to you, is often more powerful than formal learning.
The aim is to transfer knowledge from experienced or specialist practitioners to those seeking to build a successful community enterprise. The study seeks to find out how practical such tools are and what factors affect their success.
The study takes a broad view of the community economic development sector. Parts of the sector we particularly wish to cover include:
Community Energy Schemes
•Community Food Growing / Cooking Schemes
•Community Organisations providing services to deprived or under-served communities (urban, suburban and rural)
•Community Transport Schemes
•Community Employment Training Schemes
* The survey closes on the 30th April 2019.*
This survey should take around 20 minutes to complete and to thank you for your time, we are offering participants the chance to win a £50 Marks & Spencers voucher. (Please leave your email at the end of the survey to be entered).
To go to the survey click here:
Localise West Midlands has run peer mentoring schemes in the past and for the past two years we have been part of a national coalition looking at ways of getting peer mentoring and other mutual learning schemes off the ground. This coalition includes Transition Network, Regen SW, Permaculture Association, and Renew Wales.