Has your organisation established clear
and agreed ‘objectives’ wanting to take
on a community asset?
Here are some tips:
• Look at existing community service
delivery / visit the building.
• Take a look at the potential to build on
the existing situation and / or develop
new community uses, especially those
that might address an unmet need or ﬁll a
gap in local service provision.
• Go and see other similar projects
elsewhere. Talk to the managers of
services and facilities that offer the same
kinds of activities that you have in mind
for your community project.
• Identify any local ‘competition’. Find out
about the activities and facilities they have
to offer. Look for opportunities to work
together and share resources.
• Set your objectives. A simple list of the
things that you would like your project to
• Engage with your ‘key stakeholders’.
Stakeholders could include; local
residents; elected members, neighbours;
the existing users of the building/land.
Where appropriate, talk to them to ﬁnd
out what they want and need. It may be
that you want to involve them directly in
helping you to develop your project
Does your organisation have the
capacity’ to take on a community asset?
This is about your organisation having the
right governance in place, having the right
mix of abilities, skills, knowledge and
experience, together with the time and
ﬁnancial resources necessary to commit to
taking over and maintaining a community
The Diagnostic questionnaire in Section
2 is intended to help you with this
Has your organisation proved that the
proposals for your community project
aking over a community building or land is a
substantial commitment and your
organisation should therefore be sure that
your well-intended ideas can stand up to
scrutiny. You may want to undertake a
‘Feasibility Study’. A Feasibility Study is
described as ‘an analysis and evaluation of a
proposed project to determine if it (1) is
technically feasible, (2) is feasible within the
estimated cost’. Tips and guidelines can be
Does your organisation’s ‘business case’
or your project stack up?
The work that your organisation does to
build its ‘business case’ will be a key part of
the Community Asset Transfer. Wigan
Council will require all organisations to have
a robust Business Plan in place.