Rochdale Stronger Together is an ambitious whole community approach to transform Rochdale Borough. It is about bringing residents, communities, local institutions and businesses together to forge a good local economy and spread community wealth. That means driving investment in jobs that people want, communities where people want to live and opportunities for young people to aspire and achieve.

The Rochdale Borough Social Enterprise & Co-operative Forum launched the ‘Stronger Together‘ initiative at an inaugural conference on 29 September 2016, to draw on the Borough’s co-operative heritage and create a shared vision of a ‘good local economy’. By this we mean one in which key partners in the Borough are committed to work together to create ‘community wealth’ and wider well-being; businesses that are locally owned, jobs that people want, chances for people to do things and feel better about themselves, services that people need, communities where people want to live and opportunities for young people to aspire and achieve.

Rochdale Stronger Together’s organisation was formalised in November 2018 following a study of the Mondragon Corporation, the Greater University Circle Initiative and the Preston Model.  A copy of the governance proposals report can be found below:

More information about Rochdale Stronger Together:

Below is a short 6 minute video explaining the Rochdale Stronger Together vision and approach:

These 6 Steps were first clearly set out in the Co-operative Party’s “6 Steps to Build Community Wealth” guide in June 2017.