Mutual Ventures

A COVID-19 recovery strategy

Our support offer to help local authorities to lead their local plan for recovery

COVID-19 has shaken the UK’s citizens, communities and economy. As the peak of the crisis passes, now is the time to think about what comes next.

It is vital that local authorities have a clear plan to lead the recovery so that people and places can come back stronger.

Mutual Ventures can help you develop and implement a recovery plan with the ambition and imagination to create lasting change in your local area. Local authorities have an opportunity to reshape themselves around people and communities like never before.

We understand that recovery will mean different things in different places. Public services will find themselves under strain with a backlog of cases, strains on the workforce and financial pressures. A well-planned recovery that involves and engages all local people and partners will be essential.

Our support will help you develop a phased roadmap for recovery, including:

  • Lifting the lock-down – supporting communities to emerge from lockdown safely
  • Living with COVID-19 – resetting public services and implementing the ‘new normal’
  • Long-term renewal – building sustainable communities for the long-term

To learn more about our approach, you can download more details of our offer here.

To speak with us about how we can help you, contact


Ideas to help you plan your recovery strategy

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Our offer is accompanied by our new thinkpiece, Recovering together with communities: ideas to help local authorities plan the COVID-19 recovery.

This report contains a series of ideas to help local authorities and their partners develop a recovery strategy. These ideas are intended to be a starting point for creating a plan for people and places to come back stronger.

The ideas are divided into five ‘building blocks’ that we think should be part of every COVID-19 recovery strategy, and which represent the levels of engagement required to bring all local people and partners together .

To download a copy of the report click here.



Making Mutual Aid a positive legacy of COVID-19

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In response to COVID-19, there has been an upsurge in ordinary people wanting to do something to contribute in their neighbourhoods.

This has included the creation of at least 5,000 new ‘mutual aid groups’, providing practical support such as picking up medicine or groceries for those that are self-isolating, keeping an eye on older residents, and providing emotional support to vulnerable people.

Mutual Ventures’ report – Maximising neighbourhood resilience after COVID-19 – argues that local authorities should encourage and promote the sustainability of mutual aid groups as part of their recovery strategy.

To download a copy of the report click here.