Big Local History
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 over £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
The community will make a difference to the needs that it prioritises
People will have increased skills and confidence, so that they continue to identify and respond to needs in the future
People will feel that their area is an even better place to live
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.
How have we got to where we are now?
The Big Local programme started life in our villages in 2011 when around 20 local residents and community representatives responded to a request for support to help get a community-led investment programme going in this area. This group of residents and representatives became ‘The Delivery Team’.
Local Trust was involved at this early stage and they worked closely with the Delivery Team and other local agencies, such as Shropshire Rural Communities Council, on a communication and consultation programme within our three villages, and on developing a profile of these communities. Produced at the end of almost 3 years of work, this Community Profile is available to view here, and contains information and results from our Consultation as well as a profile of the local area.
Work started on mapping the priorities for investing the £1million, known as “Community Aspirations”. The delivery group also worked to define ways in which they would like to work to achieve the best outcomes for the local area; these became our “Guiding Principles”. Together, the Community Aspirations and Guiding Principles form the basis of our Community Vision.