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Resources from Spring Events 2017

May 2017

Introduction speech from Matt Leach

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Click to download presentation from Matt Leach

Liverpool Spring Event, Thursday 27 April

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Growing grassroots sport activity with Lancashire Sport

Connecting local people to local jobs — with Wargrave Big Local

How to tackle health and wellbeing in the community with IVAR

Setting up a Community Land Trust —  Birchwood

Partnering with your local housing association — Riverside Group

How to make your £1m go further — Charity Bank

Addressing loneliness and isolation — with The Big Lunch:

From grant giving to commissioning with a community worker — with Rudheath and Witton Big Local

Sheffield Spring Event, Saturday 6 May

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Bringing super-fast broadband to a rural village with Elmton, Creswell, and Hodthorpe Big Local

Community-led management of land - Shared Assets

How to use digital tools for community engagement with Commonplace

NCVO and Rastrick Big Local research on community engagement and real-life findings

Working with community members and partners - Warsop Parish Big Local

The changing face of housing associations - South Yorkshire Housing Association

Creating affordable homes with Goldthorpe and Bolton on Dearne Big Local

Central Boston’s Boston in Bloom gardening competition

IVAR on how to work with health agencies

Engaging local residents on their doorsteps with Keighley Big Local

Birmingham Spring Event, Saturday 13 May

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Small grants, big impact with Hateley Cross Big Local

Sport Birmingham on improving lives through grassroots sport and physical activity

How to plan for life after Big Local - Growing Together

NALC on creating councils in urban areas

People powered homes - The Empty Homes Doctor and Shangrileeds

Setting up a community chest with Palfrey Big Local

Hill Top and Caldwell on the People’s Pantry

How to set up a new legal structure - Anthony Collins Solicitors

Dispute and conflict resolution with Centre for Peaceful Solutions

Balloon workshop

Photographs taken at Birmingham Spring Event

Newcastle Spring Event, Tuesday 16 May

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Gaunless Gateway’s young people’s playbus

How to improve lives through sport with County Durham Sport

Community led approaches to land with the New Economics Foundation

Deciding whether your community building will earn its keep with Charity Bank

Community Campus 87 on tackling housing as a local issue

How to involve young people with Roseworth Ward Big Local

How to tell if you’re making a difference with Resources for Change

Reintroducing Scouting to the community - CELL Big Local

North Ormesby on community land trusts

London Spring Event, Saturday 27 May

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Bringing the generations together through the arts with Magic Me

Barnfield Big Local on resurrecting the community hub

How to use data for your Big Local plan with Arches Local and School for Public Health Research

Dispute and conflict resolution with Centre for Peaceful Solutions

How to create a Library of Things

Fun Palaces: everyone an artist, everyone a scientist

Harnessing the power of others with Riverside Community Big Local

How to get your voice heared - Sheila McKenchie Foundation

Communities managing land with Shared Assets

The Academy of Urbanism on understanding what makes a successful place

Whitley Big Local on facts, feelings and influential findings:

Leaving a legacy with SO18

How small changes can make a big difference - Behavioural Insights Team

Community led approaches to land with the New Economics Foundation

Measuring impact in a fun online platform with Makerble

Further resources

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You can look here for photos that were taken at Birmingham Spring Event

Community Organisers were at Newcastle Spring Event to informally talk with Big Local areas. They work on building relationships and networks in communities to activate people and create social and political change through collective action. For more information please contact Phil McGrath at also distributed some materials:

Street Games was at the Spring Events to informally talk with Big Local areas. Street Games helps community organisations across the UK to take sport to the doorstep in disadvantaged communities. If you would like more information, please visit their website or contact John Downes at

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #SpringEvents17

Fun Palaces presented at London Spring Event. Over the first weekend of October every year, thousands of people across the country make Fun Palaces. Some are big, some tiny, all of them an opportunity to celebrate the skills and passions of local communities and give everyone - of all ages - a chance to try out something new, from arts and sciences to craft, tech and digital. It’s different to a fete or the school fair as it is by everyone, for everyone and with everyone. It’s about bringing people together, celebrating creativity, and having fun. Read more about what a Fun Palace is here. And then sign up to make yours!

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