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February 2017

Big Local is ambitious and growing – so our Spring Events are too!

We’re really excited about our fresh line-up of workshops for Spring Events 2017. We’re proud to present contributions from Big Local areas who’ll be sharing their achievements – big and small. And we’ve invited people and organisations from beyond Big Local, to share their knowledge and help us to understand and find new solutions to shared challenges.

We also know from experience that one of the best things about Spring Events is that you get to meet people from other Big Local areas; to swap stories and ideas, to get support and to see things from a different perspective. So there’s still plenty of time for that too. You’ll leave feeling energised and ready to continue your Big Local journey!

To book, send an email to, or give us a call on 020 3588 0578. 

Why attend?

  • 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 connect with people from other areas.
  • Meet others involved in Big Local, including our new chief executive Matt Leach.

It’s all free and 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.

We can welcome up to five people from each Big Local area.

What’s on

A great bunch of Big Local areas will be giving you their latest on how they’re leading a wide range of activities and making a difference locally. Hot topics include everything from exploring different approaches to delivery and working with local partners, through to setting up community managed land and assets, increasing opportunities for skills and employment and organising large scale events that reach the whole community.

Plus, you can meet and quiz people and organisations from outside of Big Local who have specialist knowledge and experience and are eager to share it with you! There are different organisations at each event covering a range of topics such as how to tackle housing as a local issue, using digital tools for community engagement, how to decide whether your community building will earn its keep, improving lives by growing grassroots sport and physical activity, and what’s involved in setting up a new legal structure.

When and where

For full details on dates, locations and the workshops on offer at each event, use the links below:

Liverpool: Thursday 27 April
Sheffield: Saturday 6 May
Birmingham: Saturday 13 May
Newcastle: Tuesday 16 May
London: Saturday 27 May

*Please note the Spring Event previously advertised as Chester-le-Street is now happening in Newcastle.

How to book

Send an email to, or give us a call on 020 3588 0578.

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