How long has Link4Growth been around?
Link4Growth commenced in its current form in 2012. There has been many false starts and blind alleys and lots of lessons learned, which has culminated in what it is today. Link4Growth began life in its new form as an Association from May 1st 2017 with all subscribers over 14 months being automatic part owners of the organisation.
Link4Growth is a not for profit. It’s purpose is to provide a solid starting approach to sustainable community building (of all types), empowering people to ‘find their own way’, and to journey towards happier lives.
Why did Link4Growth start?
The recognition that community has been breaking down for decades due to a variety of factors. We have never been more connected technologically and yet as people we have never been more disconnected. We are more wealthy in terms of possessions and yet more people are unhappy. Stress, depression and other psychological conditions are at an all time high. Many not only feel helpless but hopeless too.
Something is not working, and many of our challenges of today are from the breakdown of community, meaningful connections and strong relationships. Link4Growth provides an approach and tools that help to reverse these trends.
What does it mean that Link4Growth is an Association?
The transition basically means that Link4Growth is no longer a Limited Company. More than this it is now an association owned by its members. This means that it cannot be closed down by any 3rd part body (taken away from us) … it is completely independent from any government involvement, the charity commission, or business organisations.
This is important because this is our collective organisation. When we connect with other local people we are doing so in the knowledge that each hour we spend is invested in something that will be here for a long time… it’s a completely sustainable model where each of us is able to play our part in rebuilding our local community.
To facilitate this Link4Growth has been re-organised with the main Association being responsible for creating community building tools and these are then implemented locally through devolved responsibility groups.
Our communities are very diverse and multi faceted. Working as a team and with the Link4Growth tools we can accelerate community development. For those wishing to play an active role in their local community we can now simultaneously develop ourselves, our connections, our community and our business (if there is one).