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Local Trust newsletter July 2018

July 2018

Our latest newsletter explores Big Local areas learning from the past and looking to the future. From heritage projects that dig into history, an opportunity to develop great Big Local leaders, to working with issues that concern young people, there's lots to discover, plus news of a new funding programme.


New arts funding programme

Communities across England can now get involved with our brand new arts and creativity programme, Creative Civic Change. Formed by a new partnership between Big Lottery Fund, the Calouste Gulbenkian foundation and Local Trust, the programme will support creative projects lead by Big Local areas and other communities. Read more

The future for communities

Our research, carried out by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research, asks 'What needs to happen for communities to feel and be more powerful in future?'. Read the report and watch the film featuring 3 Big Local areas: Brinnington, Keighley and Kingswood and Hazel Leys.

Designs on the past

In the latest of our essay series, Carey Newson explores how four Big Local areas - Ramsey, Plaistow, Gateshead and Boston - are each tapping into unique local histories to reignite pride in their community. Read the essay

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Who are your leaders?

Every Big Local needs great leaders. You can develop your leadership skills and find out more about the benefits of creating a peer network at our two day event in Coventry on 28 and 29 September. Register your interest

A strange kind of magic - Big Local Connects

Matt Leach, Local Trust chief executive, reveals why he thinks Big Local Connects, our biggest gathering of Big Local areas, was such a positive celebration of creativity, engagement and connection. Read Matt's blog.

Better places for young people

Many Big Local areas report challenges engaging young people. This event will help you come up with ideas to make your Big Local area a great place for every young person. You can join us in Leeds on 12 September. Register here

Shape the new look rep role

Share your views about how we can make the support you receive from your rep even better. You can come to our office for a consultation event on 25 September or have your say by email. Read more and contact us

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Resident blogger: A youth mental health revolution

Jazz, 17, shares how Ewanrigg Big Local are helping young people to fill a gap in access to mental health support. Read Jazz's blog.


Film of the month: Our diversity is our strength

This uplifting film by St Matthews Big Local celebrates their community's diversity and challenges negative perceptions of the area. Watch the film

Art is for everyone

Hear from Devonshire West, Thurnscoe, St Peter's and the Moors, West End, St Matthews and Newington Big Local about why the arts matter, what it can achieve and how it can bring a community together. Watch the film

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Tell us what you think

Big Local workers survey

A huge thank you to more than 80 Big Local workers who’ve taken the time to complete our survey. Your insights are really valuable. If you haven't yet given us your feedback, you’ve still got time. You have until 14 September. Find out more.

Partnership survey

We're asking partnership members to share their experiences of Big Local. The survey asks for your ideas about how we can make Big Local even more valuable. You have until 31 August to get back to us.

Local Trust website

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