About us

The name

We are called a society because we have to register as one. This means we are monitored to make sure we behave properly. (More about that a bit further down)

We are a benefit society because our aim is to promote positive activity in the area to the benefit of the community.

Our interest is in the area of Birkenhead and Tranmere. You can see the area the society covers on the  Geography page.

You can read more about what a community benefit society is here.

You may notice that our structure is as a Company Limited by Guarantee and registered with Companies House. This type of structure is common to community and co-operative ventures, and provides a way to ensure we are properly regulated.

Is this group really necessary?

You probably know of a number of groups in the area already doing their bit to try to improve things. Maybe you are even a member of one. The fact is though that we can all be more effective if we work in harmony, share ideas and knowledge.

That’s the role of the Community Benefit Society, to help existing groups to be more effective and to help new groups form so that we can all work together to improve our lives here in Birkenhead and Tranmere.

How does the society set its aims.

The aims of the society are broad, to improve the lives of people living in Birkenhead and Tranmere.

As it stands, that sounds a bit pie in the sky, it doesn’t say at all what we actually do, but it does set a high aim.

In truth, we are really dependent on you. We want to hear what your problems are and try to work with you to help you fix them.

We believe that the best person to fix your problems is you, because you understand them better than anyone else and you know better than anyone else what end result you want. But we also understand that you would have already done that it is wasn’t for obstacles put in your way.

So, in brief, our job is to find a way that you can get around or overcome those obstacles.

So who are we?

The society is a membership group. If you have an interest in making Birkenhead and Tranmere a better place to live then you can join. You don’t have to live in the area so long as you have its interests at heart.

At the last count (March 2018) we had a total of 53 members committed to improving our area, of which three are the founder members. You can read their profiles here if you are interested

Do we already talk to any other groups

Yes, we do. Already we have affiliations with these groups, all of whom, in their different ways, share our aims:

The boring stuff

We were formally registered by Companies House and by the Financial Conduct Authority (on 30 January 2018) and submit annual returns to them. You can read the relevant documents here