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Liverpool Spring Event

Thursday 27 April 10:30am - 3:30pm

Foresight Centre, Liverpool University, L69 3GL

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Book now by contacting us on 020 3588 0578 or email

About this event

We’re really excited about our fresh line-up of workshops for Spring Events 2017. You'll leave feeling energised and ready to continue your Big Local journey! 

  • Explore topics that are relevant to your area, through a wide range of workshops.
  • Learn about opportunities that could help you achieve your ambitions for your area.
  • Enjoy inspiring conversations, good food and creative activities.
  • Share your experience and meet others involved in Big Local, including our new chief executive Matt Leach.

See what's on at Liverpool Spring Event below, or click to download the agenda as a PDF. 

Agenda Liverpool

Time Description

Arrival, hot drinks and breakfast


Welcome, get to know each other activity and update on Big Local


Choice of workshops

  • Sport – a tool for health and wealth in communities: Lancashire Sport is part of the national network of County Sports Partnerships which are committed to improving lives by growing grassroots sport and physical activity. Hear examples of how this community partnership model delivers physical and emotional health benefits in disadvantaged communities, builds community assets and delivers economic outcomes. (Lancashire Sport)
  • Winning hearts and minds​: Telling a good story is a powerful way to get people to care about what you’re doing, and think how they could help. In this taster session you will discover how to find and tell the stories that matter in your community, and how to use stories to help you get more people involved or more active in their support for Big Local. (Roger Hill​)
  • Taking the streets back: In an area that was blighted by gang culture, where residents felt scared to go out on the streets, bringing back the annual firework display has empowered people to regain ownership of their streets. It has also started to regenerate community spirit and a greater interest in Big Local. (L30's Million Big Local)
  • Connecting local people to local jobs: Find out how the Wargrave job club helped 35 residents into jobs in its first year and how this has developed into other employment projects. These tackle residents’ need for support on their doorstep and include specific support for mental health, for young people and for anyone who is excluded from mainstream support. This session includes time for discussing ideas about skills development projects. (Wargrave Big Local)​



Choice of workshops

  • Connected Communities: a grassroots response to loneliness: Discover what the Eden Project Communities and the Centre for Economics and Business Research have uncovered about the value of bringing communities together, and how initiatives like the Big Lunch – which involves over 7.3 million people in taking action across the UK – are effective in addressing loneliness and isolation. Find out how you could take part! (The Big Lunch)
  • Working with health agencies: Find out how residents and health agencies can work together to tackle health and wellbeing in the community. Review learning from research on this topic that involved Big Local areas, and discuss the findings in relation to your own experiences and ideas. Hear about and take away tried and tested tools to support your own work with health agencies. (Institute for Voluntary Action Research — IVAR)
  • Establishing a Community Land Trust: Birchwood Big Local has succeeded in setting up a Community Land Trust. This enables them to own and lease land and buildings in their area on behalf of the Birchwood community. Find out how they did it and what they hope to achieve. (Birchwood Big Local)
  • Balloon orchestra workshop: Be ready to explore and try new things and join the balloon orchestra! In a short space of time you’ll work together using balloons as a source of sound (and fun!) and use your imagination to create short rhythms and compositions. (Sergio Lopez Figueroa) 

Choice of workshops

  • Community asset – or liability: deciding whether your community building will earn its keep: Many Big Local areas want to take on a building – but it can be a big risk. How do you know if it will earn money or not? This is a chance to test your ideas and think about other sources of investment to make your £1m go further. (Charity Bank)
  • Local land and local economies: Find out how to identify public land that could be made available for community economic benefits. Try out the New Economics Foundation’s innovative new tool for rolling out ‘local land audits’, and understand how community led approaches to land and housing can transform local economies. (The New Economics Foundation — NEF)
  • Changing delivery model: from grant giving to commissioning: In their first plan, the partnership awarded grants to groups that applied. This enabled them to fund projects early on, but they found that funds weren’t benefitting as many people as hoped. So they started to think differently and have moved to a commissioning model and now employ a community worker. Come along to explore the pros and cons of different types of delivery. (Rudheath and Witton Big Local)
  • How to partner with your local housing association: As a social landlord, the Riverside Group provides support to people of all ages and circumstances. Explore the role of housing associations in working with local communities, and find out the best way of partnering with your local housing association for mutual benefit. (The Riverside Group)

What next?

Closing words from Matt Leach, chief executive, Local Trust



More about this event

Places are free and lunch and refreshments are included. Plus, we take the hassle out of getting there. We can book and pay for travel and care costs in advance for residents. And if you have a long journey and would struggle to make it on time, we can even arrange and pay for your accommodation. Just ask when booking.

All residents involved in Big Local are welcome, from those just starting to volunteer, to seasoned partnership members. Others involved in Big Local, like workers, can also attend but we encourage them to come together with some residents from their area.

To make sure all the Big Local areas get a chance to come, we can welcome up to five people from each Big Local area.

To book, get in touch with Priti: call 020 3588 0578 or email

We’ve moved! Please update your records

The Local Trust office is now at CAN Mezzanine, 7-14 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YR.

Our phone number has not changed, it remains 020 3588 0565.

There are changes to the direct dial telephone numbers of some staff members.

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