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How communities come together to change lives

Get inspired by the stories of people who have organised themselves to help those who need it the most.

Connect and support

As more people struggle to make ends meet, local communities are discovering that if they work together, they can offer life-changing help and support. Grassroots initiatives are popping up all over the country, and we visited a few to find out how they make it work.

Auchinleck’s community spirit rebuilt

East Ayrshire’s village of Auchinleck has a proud mining history, but with the collapse of the industry in the 1980s the community become isolated and deprived. The Auchinleck Community Development Initiative has helped to revive that sense of community spirit, and the cost-of-living crisis has made their work more important than ever.

Meet Enfield’s Cooking Champions

Community group Cooking Champions is meeting the needs of some of Enfield’s most vulnerable people with food and meal donations as well as cooking lessons. With one in three children in the borough living in poverty, the group’s work is crucial. And their partnership with other local charities makes them all the more effective.

Video: Nick David and Jack Flynn

Nick and Jack are experienced filmmakers who specialise in documenting local community stories.

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