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Communities ambitious for change. Steve Wyler Locality. Our aims. Locality aims to grow a movement of independent local community organisations. We believe that local citizens should be in control of their own communities.

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Our aims

  • Locality aims to grow a movement of independent local community organisations.
  • We believe that local citizens should be in control of their own communities.
  • We believe in fairness. We believe everyone has something to contribute. We believe no-one should be left behind.

A nationwide network

Our 650 members in the UK are a network of similar community groups:

  • settlements
  • development trusts
  • social action centres
  • community enterprises

and others who share our aims. 


Locality members

Social enterprises – businesses trading for social purpose - not for private profit

Community enterprises – social enterprises run by local people

Development trusts – multi-purpose community enterprises run by local people

Settlements – multi-purpose action-research centres originally set up by universities now run by local people

Social action centres – multi-purpose community groups run by local people

Community groups – independent local voluntary associations


Settlements and social action centres

“Here to stay”

Multi-purpose social action and research centres.

Originally set up by universities in the 1880’s. Now run by local people.

At the forefront of social change for more than 100 years.


Development trusts

Ambitious and fast-growing.

Multi-purpose community enterprises.

Run by local people.

A problem-solving can-do attitude.


Our members

Large and small, urban and rural, our members are independent, run by local people.

They work in poor communities, in places where government agencies and private businesses have failed.

Through our network we share skills:

  • To trade for community benefit – social enterprise
  • To bring land and buildings into community ownership
  • To help local citizens make change happen

Communities in control

activities include:

… childcare, cafes and restaurants, managed workspace, start-up business support, affordable housing, delivery of public services, education and schools, community shops and pubs, festivals, training and employment, renewable energy, health centres, advice and legal help, community websites, transport, sports facilities, parks and gardens …


Looking forwards

Social action

5,000 community organisers

Community-led planning


Looking forwards

Community assets

Transferring land and buildings to communities

“Community right to buy”


Looking forwards

Community enterprise

Business capability


The Pool


Looking forwards

Building a movement

Within England, across UK, across other nations

Knowledge and skills exchange

Locality Convention Bristol 6-7 November 2012