We are supporting the Big Local initiative in four areas, North Shropshire, Wyre Forest, Telford and Cannock.
We are supporting the Big Local programme in three areas, in Wyre Forest, Telford and Cannock, and have completed work in a fourth, in North Shropshire
Acting as community representatives for this BIG Lottery funded programme liaising between the areas and the national partnership, Helen is covering three areas whilst Irene is concentrating on Cannock.
The programme has allocated over £1M over 10 years to each of 150 areas in England, for resident-led transformational change. Working as a mentor, critical friend and adviser Helen and Irene have supported and guided local residents and agencies to set up their partnership, identify local visions and develop a community plan for lasting change. Now plans are in place and partnerships established, starting to deliver their ten-year plans.
Connecting local residents’ commitment and understanding of ‘how it works here’ with the ambitions of the national programme needs all our experience of working at different levels, from grass roots to strategic. This is a very unusual and exceptionally valuable programme of long term investment and support in lasting community change. We have helped get things moving and put the structures in place so that local people’s time and energy is spent effectively. Now we are supporting effective delivery and encouraging learning from the early stages.
Key findings from an independent evaluation of the programme were published by local Trust in February 2015. You can read about this on the Local Trust website http://localtrust.org.uk/, follow links to ‘Big Local Early Years Evaluation’
In May 2015 Irene Also attended two of the Spring Events, where residents from Big Local communities get together for the day to share their experiences, learn from one another, and get up-to-date information about the programme nationally. She sat in at three workshops at each event, using what she heard to write up case studies which are available as learning resources for everyone involved in Big Local.
We are also involved with assessing community plans, more info on this can be found here