The Big Local

What is Big Local?

Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1m to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities. It’s about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.
Big Local is being run by Local Trust, which is working with £200m from the Big Lottery Fund and a range of partners providing expert advice and support for residents.

The four programme outcomes for Big Local are:
Communities will be better able to identify local needs and take action in response to them.
People will have increased skills and confidence, so that they continue to identify and respond to needs in the future.
The community will make a difference to the needs it prioritises.
People will feel that their area is an even better place to live.

Click here to find out more about The Big Local

 

What’s it not about?

  • It’s NOT about your local authority, the government or a national organisation telling you what to do.
  • It’s NOT about individual groups fixing their favourite problem without talking to a wide range of different people who live and work in the community.
  • It’s NOT about short-term thinking – you’ve got 10 years or more to plan and deliver the best options for your area.

Our Big Local Representative

 

Ian Smith (centre) with Donna Sealey and Mark Pepper, Lawrence Weston Carnival, June 2015

Ian Smith (centre) with Donna Sealey and Mark Pepper, Lawrence Weston Carnival, June 2015

“My name is Ian Smith and I am pleased and proud to be Lawrence Weston’s BIG LOCAL REP.  Following up on the great work of my colleague Dominic Murphy, I am supporting the Big Local steering group and Ambition Lawrence Weston in delivery of the resident-led BIG LOCAL PLAN.  This is a key part of the LAWRENCE WESTON COMMUNITY PLAN.  The BIG LOCAL PLAN is all about making Lawrence Weston an even better place to live.  Lawrence Weston BIG LOCAL is run by residents for residents, in partnership with many organisations, agencies and professionals.  Like all BIG LOCAL programmes, it aims to equip residents to identify issues and opportunities in the community and then help them to make a lasting positive difference in the area.”

To find out more, please contact Lawrence Weston BIG LOCAL chairperson Jackie Crouch or the BIG LOCAL worker Mark Pepper through this website, or drop in at one the regular Lawrence Weston Catch Up Café sessions in the area, or contact me as the area BIG Local rep:  e-mail  ianmsmith1.5@gmail.com  mobile number 0772 017 4634.