Community Futures is a company limited by guarantee (reg no: 333713) and a registered charity (no: 702233).
The organisation, previously known as the Community Council of Lancashire but now operating under a working name of Community futures, was founded in 1934 in Manchester with the aim of assisting with the relief of poverty during the depression years. The role of the organisation has changed several times during its history gradually acquiring a more rural focus, and ultimately becoming the Rural Community Council for Lancashire. In addition to this Community Futures has retained an urban presence within the county and beyond.
Working across the whole county today we continue to work both in rural and urban areas to support, develop and empower local communities through the provision of information, advice and direct assistance and action whilst constantly seeking new opportunities to enhance our work with communities.
The charity has its Head Office base at Brentwood House in Fulwood, Preston. Much of its work however, takes place within the community through development and advice workers. It employs 10 members of staff at present but this figure fluctuates depending on the work being undertaken at any point in time.
Community Futures is also an active member of a number of strategic regional partnerships, which help in framing policy, influencing priorities and in generally improving the effectiveness of the voluntary sector in service delivery.Community Futures aims to promote and develop Social, Economic, Cultural and Community activity in Lancashire and beyond, working with voluntary groups and in partnership with public bodies.