Community Shares Wales

Our Communities Shares Wales project offers support and advice to groups who want to raise investment to develop services and facilities at the heart of their communities.

See this page in: Cymraeg

What are community shares?

Community shares can save local shops and pubs, finance renewable energy schemes, transform community facilities, support local food growing, fund new football clubs, restore heritage buildings, and build stronger, more vibrant and independent communities.

Community Shares (also known as Withdrawable Share Capital) allow people to invest in an enterprise that aims to benefit their community.

If a local organisation or business wants to raise money for an enterprise they think will benefit the community, they can put together a proposal (known as a Share Offer document) and register as a:

  • Co-operative society,
  • Community benefit society, or
  • Charitable community benefit society.

This allows them to issue Community Shares to help raise the money they need.

About us

We are a team of community share experts in Wales. We work closely with other community shares units in England and Scotland. We support groups who want to issue Community Shares. We’re also building a network of Community Shares practitioners and champions to raise awareness of this type of investment.

Our work is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Request support from our accredited Community Shares Wales team

csw@wales.coop

Want to know more about Community Shares Wales?

Join our online launch briefing at 2.00pm on Thursday 5 November 2020

Register for free

Success stories

See how other communities used Community Shares to buy local assets and how they've gone from strength to strength...