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Big Local Connects

150 Big Local areas invited to gather for 2 days of activity, inspiration and fun

Friday 29 June 3:00pm - Saturday 30 June 4:00pm

RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

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Book now by contacting us on 020 3588 0569 or email

About this event

We’re out of tickets for Big Local Connects!

You can join the waiting list and we may be able to confirm your place, but we can’t make any guarantees. If you have any questions, feel free to email us on

Big Local Connects is the first gathering of all Big Local areas at a single event. From Hastings to Hartlepool, people are travelling to share their experiences of Big Local, learn from other areas and get inspired by the huge range of resident-led projects transforming communities across the country.

You can discover

We're pulling together a packed line-up of sessions, including how to:

  • give a voice to young people in your area
  • incorporate as an organisation
  • take back your streets for play
  • harness arts and creativity
  • engage with your wider community

This is just some of what we've got planned, so register now to keep in the loop with speakers and sessions as we announce them. There will be plenty of opportunity to chat with other Big Local areas over tasty food and relaxed activities like crafts, a tour of our amazing venue and board games. Did we mention the cinema and goody bags - we have those too!

Agenda Friday 29 June

Time Description
Sessions titles

Big Local Talks - George Marshall, Climate Outreach; Manda Brookman, Permanently Brilliant/Cafe Disruptif and more

Leadership and Big Local – planning for the future?, Jim Boot and Alana Gooding, Big Local Reps

Campaigning for change, Saskia Daggett, Sheila McKechnie Foundation

Everyone an artist and everyone a scientist, Stella Duffy, Fun Palaces

Book Club: Meet the authors. As part of our essay series Carey Newson has written about how Big Local areas engage with heritage projects and Stephen Bates has explored the topic of faith. Copies available.

Agenda Saturday 30 June

Time Description
Session titles

Addressing Youth Exploitation – What are Big Local communities doing? Palfrey Big Local, Sian Penner and Paul Bragman, Big Local Reps

How can Big Locals engage young people? Hackney Wick Big Local, UK Youth, British Youth Council and Blagrave Trust

Incorporation: Is it the right thing for your Big Local? Jan Stobart, Big Local Rep

How can Big Locals lever in more funding? Betsey Dilner, Social Change Agency, Katherine Dureden, 360 Giving, and St Matthews Big Local

Developing a Community Business idea in 45 minutes, Charlotte Cassedanne, Power To Change

"What was the legacy of David Bowie...?" and other ways to approach your Big Local legacy, Heston West Big Local

In what ways can communities support mental health?, Mental Health First Aid England

What do statistics say about your area?, Local Insight and OCSI

Keeping conversations with your community going TSRC, Grassland and Hasmoor Big Local

More than a pub, the Bevy as a community building, The Bevy community pub in Brighton

Zombies, housing, and community film-making, Firs and Bromford Big Local with filmmaker Xavier Mendik from Birmingham City University

How can Big Local areas support local and responsible finance and good money management?, Hill Top and Caldwell Big Local, Fair 4 You, and Latch Ford Big Local

Involving the wider community in decision making, School of Public Health Research

Community Organising for Better Homes, PEACH Big Local

Do what you're doing better, faster and easier, Newspeak House, The London College of Political Technologists

Communities helping local public agencies become ‘changemakers’, NLGN

What have Big Locals been doing to support local entrepreneurship?, Unltd

Tour of RIBA, Elizabeth Poland-Smith, RIBA

Environmental action: making neighbourhoods nicer places to be, Distington Big Local, Brereton Big Local

Your role in the Local Wealth Building, CLES, Progressive Economics for People and Place

Starting a Community Cinema, Cinema for All

How can communities take back their streets for play?, Playing Out

How do you know you are making a difference?, Helen Garforth and Wendy Sugarman, Big Local Reps

What have Big Locals been doing to manage land?, Shared Assets

How can local people get engaged in sports, or create them?, Streetgames

More about this event

Places, food, transport, goodies and accommodation are free. Plus, we take the hassle out of getting there. We can book and pay for travel and care costs in advance for residents.

All residents involved in Big Local are welcome, from those just starting to volunteer, to seasoned partnership members. Others involved in Big Local, like workers, can also attend but we encourage them to come together with some residents from their area.

To make sure all the Big Local areas get a chance to come, we can welcome up to three people from each Big Local area in the first instance. We will be operating a waiting list for additional attendees.

Book online or get in touch with us: call 020 3588 0569 or email

We’ve moved! Please update your records

The Local Trust office is now at CAN Mezzanine, 7-14 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YR.

Our phone number has not changed, it remains 020 3588 0565.

There are changes to the direct dial telephone numbers of some staff members.

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