The Paganhill Community Group was set up members of the community in 2017. In 2019 it was officially registered as a Community Interest Company (company number 11757922).
This video by The Barnwood Trust gives you an insight into ‘Why’!
Board of Directors
The board of directors are responsible for oversight of the company.
“We are building on this strength to create a community that cares for each other and helps each other.”
I have lived in Paganhill for 8 years. I retired in 2012 and still felt that I wanted to work or do something worthwhile. My son had a motorbike accident in 2004 and since then we have experienced the many changes to the benefit system and the unknown outcomes of applying which can add to anxiety and other mental health issues. The long journey back to health has still left him with a disability which has to be managed. Getting the right help and information was key but even though I had previously worked for organisations in the voluntary sector, things had changed and I was starting again to build my knowledge of this area. This made me think that there must be others in the same boat, so for me, at the heart of the Community Group a few of us eventually started, is the importance of introducing people to organisations that can help and building a good data base. However, rather than create something that I thought people wanted, I talked to people to see what they wanted. In 2017 I got together with a few people in Paganhill who wanted to create an area that is a good, safe place to live. I had lived in a few places around this area but experienced how friendly people were in Paganhill and so we are building on this strength to create a community that cares for each other and helps each other.
“I’ve come from a place where we struggled to make ends meet before I had the privilege of going to university and becoming a nurse.”
I’m a lecturer in nursing and have lived in Paganhill for a long time, on and off. I have become increasingly aware of the needs of the people living here and the social injustices and inequalities that they experience. I’ve come from a place where we struggled to make ends meet before I had the privilege of going to university and becoming a nurse. I feel strongly that I should be using that experience and my skills to help others improve their situations, and strengthen the community we live in.
I am the treasurer at the Paganhill Community Group. I don’t live in the area and offer my support and skills as an independent supporter of the group not as a resident. My work life revolves around running the Grace Network (the social enterprise behind The Long Table, Kick Off Stroud, Furniture Bank and Kids Stuff). I am a trustee of Hope Cirencester and founded the Stroud District Foodbank.
I live in Minchinhampton with my wife and three children.
I have lived in Stroud for many years and represent the Farmhill and Paganhill Ward as a councillor on Stroud Town Council and Stroud District Council.
The company files records at Companies House, all of which are freely available online here.
We have regular meetings with the board of directors and other interested members of the community. Minutes to those meetings can be found here.