Helping communities be the best versions of themselves

February 25, 2020

Originally contracted in April 2018 as Contains Art’s Education Engagement Officer, Cat Smith’s role now encompasses education and engagement with students and  young people across all strands of Onion Collective’s work including the creative and cultural side at the E...

July 8, 2019

Open public meeting, Thursday 11th July, 6.30pm to discuss the proposed bio-recycling facility at the Paper Mill site in Watchet. At the Methodist Church, Harbour Road, Watchet. All welcome.

As any lover of the great outdoors will know, nature has an awe-inspiring abili...

Nina Edge, an artist and campaigner from Liverpool 8 reflects on the Power to Change grantee support event run by Onion Collective in Liverpool on 5th March 2019, where the theme was Health and Wellbeing.

On a sun-drenched spring morning, participants were greeted with...

March 23, 2019

We are over the moon, crazy delightedly thrilled to learn that we've been successful in our application to the government's Coastal Community Fund for £5 million to build East Quay!

The decision made by CCF, comes from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Gov...

February 11, 2019

Humanity is choosing a path to self-annihilation right now. It’s hard to know how to act in the face of this. Ice caps are melting, forests are burning, the sea is choking, species – and entire ecosystems - are disappearing.

In the last 18 years, 17 have been the hottes...

January 30, 2019

Community businesses in one of the most remote parts of the country met up to discuss a challenge they face every day. The third Power Up! event took place at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford, Norfolk. Councillor Terry Jeremy shares his highlights.

When a former H...

October 18, 2018

Anne Short from B Inspired Leicester discusses the second Power to Change grantee event – Power Up Leicester. Here, she summarises the day and draws some conclusions about how to build cultural change that can see the community business movement begin to flourish.


October 1, 2018

Dear Watchet,

Re: Invitation to an open community workshop to discuss ideas for a new industry in Watchet, Methodist Church Schoolroom, 7-8.30pm, Tuesday 16th October.

As many of you will know, a year ago Onion Collective started a piece of research that asked what a new...

August 14, 2018

Guest blogger Brendan Tate Wistreich from Coexist talks about the first in a series of Power to Change grantee events for community businesses, called Power Up in Bristol. He explains the challenges the sector faces and the varied and creative ways these organisations...

August 3, 2018

Something has shifted in my relationship with my step dad. He’s always been a tough cookie to crack. For years he has considered my work of community development to be ‘fluffy’ or ‘touchy feely’.  A little bit…arty (cue nostrils flared in suspicion). 

But now, havi...

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