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.
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.
See how other communities used Community Shares to buy local assets and how they've gone from strength to strength...
The residents of Graigwen, Pontypridd, have come together to secure £20,000 needed to prevent beautiful woodland from being developed on. The Wales Co-operative Centre worked with them to...
The Club currently leases its ground and so it was looking to raise around £30k from the local community as part of the fundraising package which would enable...
Loyal supporters raised nearly £50,000 to save their local pub. With help from Community Shares Wales and a team of volunteers, Le Public Space is thriving in a...