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Birmingham Spring Event

Saturday 13 May 10:30am - 3:30pm

Conference Aston, Aston University, B4 7ET

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Book now by contacting us on 020 3588 0578 or email

About this event

We’re really excited about our fresh line-up of workshops for Spring Events 2017. You'll leave feeling energised and ready to continue your Big Local journey! 

  • Explore topics that are relevant to your area, through a wide range of workshops.
  • Learn about opportunities that could help you achieve your ambitions for your area.
  • Enjoy inspiring conversations, good food and creative activities.
  • Share your experience and meet others involved in Big Local, including our new chief executive Matt Leach.

See what's on at Birmingham Spring Event below, or click to download the agenda as a PDF.

Agenda Birmingham

Time Description

Arrival, hot drinks and breakfast


Welcome, get to know each other activity and update on Big Local


Choice of workshops

  • Learning to work with a unique geography: Find out how this partnership is tackling the challenges of their local geography in order to engage the community and bring people together. For example, their multi-hub approach to delivering activities and events makes use of existing community buildings across the area and their newsletter and social media is a useful tool to promote them. (Grace Mary to Lion Farm Big Local)
  • Small grants, big impact: This area’s small grants programme offers up to £500 for ideas which support their three themes - leisure, environment, and learning. So far, grants have enabled local groups (such as sports clubs) to purchase equipment and provide training and new opportunities to people. But most importantly, members of the community are taking the lead on things that matter to them. (Hateley Cross Big Local)
  • Improving lives by growing grassroots sport and physical activity: Sport Birmingham is part of a national network of 45 County Sports Partnerships (CSPs). It works independently as a registered charity, ensuring national and regional resources have local reach into communities where there is most need or demand to make the biggest positive difference to people’s lives. Find out how you can work with your CSP. (Sport Birmingham)
  • Dispute and conflict resolution: We know people don’t always agree and that it’s normal for groups to argue. But it’s not always easy to resolve issues and move on! Big Local areas will soon be able to access support from a specialist organisation working nationally. Learn tools and techniques for dealing with disputes and conflict and find out about the support available. (Speaker to be confirmed)



Choice of workshops

  • The Empty Homes Doctor: Find out how this not for profit service, which has helped to bring back into use over 200 empty homes since 2013, works with Leeds City Council to help people in all sorts of situations bring empty homes back into use. Support from the council means the service is free of charge. Join a discussion about tackling housing challenges in your area. (The Empty Homes Doctor)
  • Planning for life after Big Local: Hear how this area is preparing their Big Local legacy. Central to their plans is a merger with their locally trusted organisation, and they’re also developing a Neighbourhood Plan to give residents a voice in planning decisions until 2030. They are also working to secure key projects beyond their Big Local funding. Get inspired and share your ideas and questions about working for sustainability. (Growing Together Big Local)
  • Creating new councils in urban areas: Find out about how your urban area can benefit from the creation of a new community (parish) council. Learn how NALC and County Associations of Local Councils can help you create new urban community councils. Discover how the new Sutton Coldfield Town Council delivers essential services in its area. (National Association of Local Councils — NALC)
  • Balloon orchestra workshop: Be ready to explore and try new things and join the balloon orchestra! In a short space of time you’ll work together using balloons as a source of sound (and fun!) and use your imagination to create short rhythms and compositions. (Sergio Lopez Figueroa) 

Choice of workshops

  • Money talks! Find out how Palfrey's community chest fund is getting people talking about Big Local and generating a community-wide conversation. This session will cover the process of setting up the community chest and its successes. It has brought different people and organisations together, enabling Palfrey to make their money go further. (Palfrey Big Local)
  • Setting up a new legal structure: Sometimes setting up a new organisation can create a real shift in what you can do. Find out if and when you should think about incorporating a steering group or a particular project as a new legal body. We will look at the options available and the key issues to think about. (Anthony Collins Solicitors)
  • Learn a new technique for problem solving: Action learning is an approach to solving real problems using both thinking and action. It is a highly structured process based on asking open questions that help you to explore new ideas. It’s normally organised for a group of people over several meetings. Come for a taster of this method to tackling challenges. (Local Trust)
  • Session information coming soon: (Hill Top and Caldwell Big Local)

What next?

Closing words from Matt Leach, chief executive, Local Trust



More about this event

Places are free and lunch and refreshments are included. Plus, we take the hassle out of getting there. We can book and pay for travel and care costs in advance for residents. And if you have a long journey and would struggle to make it on time, we can even arrange and pay for your accommodation. Just ask when booking.

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 five people from each Big Local area.

To book, get in touch with Priti: call 020 3588 0578 or email

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