POP+ represents the VCSE sector, particularly grassroots community organisations at a number of strategic meetings:


POP+ is exploring how funding can be used to create a collaborative-by-default system.


Part of this is testing a way of minimising the need for grant applications and the wasted time this produces, while promoting collaboration within the VCSE and between funders.

We have created these webpages so individuals and other funders can contribute directly to the amazing work happening in Plymouth.


The Social Investment Market Place Learning (SIMPL) v1.0 collaborative programme was designed to develop understanding of the barriers to developing the social investment market and raise awareness of the opportunities, risks and potential benefits of social investment.

As the first year progressed it became clear that whilst social investment should remain important, if we were truly focussed on social impact, for social investment to be maximised, we had to work out how it could sit alongside other forms of finance, collaboratively.

Exeter Co-Lab, Torbay Community Development Trust, POP+, Essence, PSEN and Local Spark Torbay form this strong collaborative around a common purpose of growing a robust social economy across Devon (and beyond).

Our view is that tackling complex issues via a traditional grant funded/social investment approach through individual organisations is not enough. We need to take a wider view of the whole social-economic-political system that causes these issues – a system that currently fails to tackle them effectively.


To begin to tackle these issues, we believe that we need a philosophy that is:

  • Human – showing more empathy, creativity, passion and trust
  • Learning – using data to learn, accountable, striving to improve
  • Systemic – thinking about the whole rather than the symptoms.
We believe that by creating the conditions for effective social investment more wisely using a Human, Learning, Systems philosophy we can begin to tackle the wicked issues more effectively.



In response to the coronavirus, POP+ has worked with communities to establish Neighbourhood Care Networks. Each active network holds funds that fuel community activity and local community organisations.