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Future Communities Intern

Six month fixed term paid role from November 2017

Closing date: 14 October 2017

Location: London
Salary: London Living Wage – currently approx. £18,252 (based on 36hr week)

Local Trust has a unique and exciting mission that sits at the heart of current debates about building community capacity and resilience, new approaches to tacking inequality and disadvantage, and the increasing importance of identity and place.

We are looking for enthusiastic, versatile individuals to work in a small high powered team delivering Local Trust’s work, and in doing so help redefine future approaches to community and place.

Set up in 2012 with an endowment from the Big Lottery Fund, Local Trust has committed £1m of funding to each of 150 communities across England, many of them areas that have significant challenges to overcome and may have missed out on public and other funding in the past.

Unlike conventional funding, Local Trust starts from the principle that those best placed to make decisions about how to spend funds are local residents. We commit our money at the outset, and then support local residents to develop their own plans to spend their £1m in ways that will improve their local area and lives of those living there. And we are in it for the long term – our funding commitment can run over ten years or more.

Between 2017-2022 we expect to provide over £100m of funding into our areas, enabling great local initiative and fantastic projects, levering in large amounts of additional funding and building the local community capital and confidence that we hope will be the most important legacy of our work.

We don’t just provide funding. As the largest and most broad-based place-based funding programme in the UK, we look to share the evidence and learning arising from our work, and to support innovative thinking and practice that helps increase understanding – in government, amongst other funders and within communities.

You will be a recent graduate/post-graduate in (one or more of) urbanism, community development, housing or related subjects and have a strong understanding of and interest in some or all of the following issues: community development; social capital; micro-enterprise; localism; civic innovation; systems thinking at a local level; the future of public services. And (hopefully) be looking to change the world.

The role is a six month fixed term internship. But you’ll be able to achieve a lot in that time.

How to apply

To apply, send a CV and cover letter to

The closing date for applications is 14 October, but interviews will take place on a rolling basis until an appointment is made, but by week commending 16 October at the latest. Start date is expected to be mid-October/early November.

Local Trust is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. More details about Local Trust are available here.

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