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Community Shares Practitioners

Community shares practitioners meet-up
Community shares practitioners at a meet-up in Drumnadrochit, Scotland

We train, license and unite a passionate network of Community Shares Practitioners across the UK.

Becoming a Community Shares Practitioner

Co-operatives UK trains and licenses Community Shares Practitioners across the country. There is a well established college of practitioners across the UK who share knowledge and experience, supporting each other to grow and innovate in the community shares market in line with best practice. 

All practitioners are members of a supportive and active forum, meet online every six weeks and we host at least one in person meet-up a year with visits to fascinating organisations across the country. 

The demand for community shares practitioners is currently high and many societies and funders are very happy to invest in professional practitioner advice on community share offers as the returns of a successful community share offer are significant. To read more about the success of the community shares market to date, read our latest publication ‘Communities doing it for themselves: celebrating a decade of the Community Shares Unit’ (2023)

We are now open for applications for the Community Shares Practitioner Training programme 2024. This training is not likely to run in 2025 so do apply in this round if you are looking to start this journey in the near future. Any questions contact [email protected]

Community Shares Practitioner Training Manual 2024

Find out more about our upcoming community shares practitioner training programme before you apply. 

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"The community shares team has masterfully crafted a great learning and development experience through the practitioner training… Following the programme, I am definitely ready to make more progress in my community shares journey and have the confidence to start approaching groups to support them with their share offers."
– Trainee on last year's programme

Join our practitioner network!

The deadline for applications is the 31st March 2024
Find a Community Shares Practitioner
Use our Practitioners Directory to find an accredited community shares practitioner with the relevant skills and experience.
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