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We support community innovators to turn their bold ideas into lasting positive change for  people and places.

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about People and Place


Community innovators are people with home-grown solutions to local problems and the sense of agency and urgency to make positive change within their neighbourhoods.


innovators like Dan, Hilary and Leonie ...

Dan, Hilary and Leonie have decided to turn their street into a POWER STATION, by providing free solar panels to homes to reduce bills and collectively reduce carbon emissions. To share power in all its forms, starting on their diverse East London street, with ambitions to expand to every neighbourhood becoming a power station.

Footwork has been supporting the group through the People and Place programme.

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To create fair and collaborative ways for places to regenerate.

Feeling you belong - by being connected to others and able to contribute to what’s going on around you - builds the resilience for communities to thrive. This is a powerful force that is fuelled by people from within, over time and from a strong social base.


We work with local partners to identify individuals and groups with good ideas for strengthening connections between people and with the place around them.

We provide these community innovators with the funding, support and connections needed to get their project off the ground, or scale it to increase its impact. In this way we also encourage people’s freedom to act and to collaborate, strengthening the connection between people and place.  

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