The development of community has also been important to the Trustees' work. The growth of local Residents Associations and Village Councils were encouraged.
Bournville Village Council was set up in 1902. In 1923 Weoley Hill Village Council was formed to cover the north side of the Estate. In the 1960s Shenley Court and Shenley Manor Residents Association emerged. A Tenants Association was formed to have access to the Trustees.
Over the years the Trust has participated in research studies and published many works on Bournville's development and continues to be one of the largest and most respected housing trusts in the country.