Finding community partners

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Shared Community Ownership

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All about shared community ownership under the Community Energy Strategy's voluntary protocol

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Finding community partners

Online resources

Two of the 'intermediaries' listed under item 6 below have collaborated to develop this website and offer online services to match relevant projects to established community energy groups. The links to these resources are given on the right.

The CEE service in England already had 30 experienced community groups registered by the end of 2014 as has started to make links between projects and prospective parties. This is a fully confidential service as further outlined here.

If you are a developer:

  • to find suitable community partners, register here; or
  • register your projects for compliance with the protocol here

If your community wants to partner in shared ownership projects, register here.

Shared Ownership Taskforce report

The Taskforce report lists many approaches which developers might follow to locate prospective partners:

  1. Details announced at public meetings (with 4-6 weeks notice)
  2. Details posted in local papers or magazines
  3. Details posted in local shops
  4. Details posted on local community websites or social networks
  5. Details held at the local council offices and / or on the council’s website
  6. Details published through intermediaries such as the organisations listed in Annex B
  7. Enquiries made in order to find community groups in the wider area who may be in a position to work with the developer. Such groups may include, for example, a local Transition Town group, or a community energy group that already exists nearby.