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Local Trust newsletter December 2017

December 2017

With new support offers and an overhaul to our events programme, 2018 promises to be an exciting year for Big Local areas.

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Updates for Big Local areas

Shared Assets support offer for Big Local Areas is now open
Big Local areas can now access specialist support for land-based projects

Small but powerful changes
Big Local areas are invited to apply to work with Behavioural Insights Team, to explore how insights about human behaviour can help to increase participation, impact and understanding about what motivates people to get involved

UnLtd and Local Trust help social entrepreneurs in Big Local areas
In a new partnership, UnLtd, Local Trust and 19 Big Local areas will be working together to accelerate social enterprise and increase local job creation over a three-year co-funded support programme.

A new approach to Big Local learning
We're changing the way we deliver events for 2018, by establishing 'Learning Clusters' to enable Big Local areas to share and learn more effectively with one another.

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Blogs from Local Trust staff

A year on: getting to know Big Local
In this series Matt Leach, chief executive of Local Trust, reflects on what he has learned from Big Local communities during his first year in post – starting with his very first visit to Barnfield Big Local.

Creativity in the community
Margaret Bolton, knowledge and learning curator at Local Trust, outlines some of the ways areas are using art and creativity to benefit their area, following Local Trust’s recent submission to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Shaping your built environment
David King, innovation lead at Local Trust, outlines how Big Local areas can take the lead in shaping the neighbourhood around them.

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Blogs from Big Local residents

Transforming land into a community asset
Ross Miller, Chair of Dover Town Big Local partnership tells us about the community vision for land in his area.

Funding visions of the future
During an event in October, representatives from three Big Local areas shared their experiences with fundraising and its impact on the projects in their community.

Resident blogger: Community connections
Lea-Anne Clayton from South Bermondsey Big Local reflects on the daily challenges for residents in her area, how she tries to make a difference and her optimism for the future.

Read the newsletter to find out which Big Local areas have been in the news, our Video of the Month and how to access funding for Parks in your area.

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