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​Tender invitation to be a Big Local rep

Closing date: 23 April 2019

Role description

We are looking to contract individuals or organisations who are able to provide a rep service to Big Local areas. We are seeking proposals from skilled individuals that are interested in providing services on a contract with Local Trust and on the basis of a fixed fee, outcome-based assignment.

As a Big Local rep you will need the experience and skills as well as displaying the right attitudes and behaviours, to work with local communities. You must be highly motivated to help residents to take the lead and drive change in their area at a critical time for the programme.

Given the resident-led nature of the programme, the emphasis of the role is on building the skills and confidence of residents to oversee and manage delivery of Big Local, and this will form a core part of the legacy in local areas. As a representative of Local Trust, you will play a vital role and act as the ‘eyes, ears and voice’ of the organisation.

We are looking to hear from prospective reps across England. In particular, we welcome applicants from the North West of England and London, given that those regions have the largest concentrations of Big Local areas.

In addition, we are keen to ensure that our rep pool is representative of the diversity of the communities that the Big Local areas serve. We are aware that Big Local areas (such as but not limited to London Boroughs and Greater Manchester) are under-represented in terms of reps from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. As such, we are keen to take positive action to try to redress this under-representation. Our aim is to promote this opportunity in under-represented communities. That said, we of course welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and ethnicity and we are pleased to be recruiting more Big Local reps.

Role specification

1. Experience of developing and maintaining positive and trusting relationships with a range of people including residents and local organisations, including when giving support, advice, inspiration and challenge

2. Extensive experience of supporting residents and/or communities to:

  • develop creative and coherent activities that respond to local needs and aspirations – including encouraging reflection, critical thinking and suggesting new ways of working.
  • develop policies that are fit for purpose
  • assess proposed activities and services (looking at cost, impact, feasibility and ambition)
  • assess finances and plan and budget accordingly
  • learn and reflect on their achievements and learning
  • think about change in their areas
  • manage conflict and disputes
  • engage and communicate with a wide cross-section of the community.

3. Experience of assessing the needs of a partnership, group of people and the deliverability of projects, plans, identifying areas of risk and opportunity

4. An understanding of how change takes place in communities, how to relate change to activities, projects, priorities and how this might be measured .

5. It’s important that prospective reps:

  • share the ethos and values of the programme
  • understand the responsibilities of statutory bodies and the relevant exclusions that apply to additionality of state funds
  • Are familiar with EU state aid rules and how they are applied to commercial activities
  • Respect equalities, diversity and inclusion, valuing the differences between individuals and the contributions each makes, and making sure that people are treated fairly
  • Are familiar with common grant funding terms and conditions, how funding should be accounted for and the types of policies and procedures an organisation should have when distributing public funds.

How to apply

Your submission must include:

  • An up to date CV - a maximum of 3 sides of A4
  • A supporting statement outlining why you feel you are suitable for the role based on the specification - no more than 3 sides of A4
  • Evidence of on going commitment to Continuous Professional Development - maximum of 1 side of A4
  • Contact details of two referees

Please send your submission to: reps@localtrust.org.uk. The deadline for completing and returning your submission is 12 noon on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. We will hold interviews in two locations, at accessible venues in London and Manchester.

Useful documents

Available to download here are the following key documents, which will support you in preparing your submission:

Invitation to tender to be a Big Local rep

Rep role description

Rep role specification

Rep core assignment



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