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Local Trust newsletter April 2019

Art transforming lives | Research for change | Environment | Mending democracy | Community hubs

April 2019

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Creating the future

"I'm not arty" is how 4 Big Local areas described themselves to Maddy Costa, the author of our new essay. What she found - each community using arts and creativity to transform their neighbourhoods - was rather different. Read Maddy's blog and listen to the podcast

The Big Local worker doing herself out of a job

"Young people have become an integral part of the team". Val, worker for Ramsey Million Big Local, explains why she is passionate about investing in young people and how every community should be supported to deliver projects for themselves. Read Val's story

The best research brings about change

On 26 November, Uncover > Action will present the very latest community research making a difference to people's lives. Co-hosted with ARVAC, we're bringing together exciting examples of research made with and in communities. For more info

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Big Local Connects 2019

Taking place on 13 and 14 September, every Big Local area is invited to Connects 2019 in Nottingham. Make sure your Big Local is part of this extra special event and book up to 3 spaces per area. Register now

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Love your environment

We’re excited to announce a new learning event for Big Local areas who care deeply about climate change, pollution, natural and green spaces and the street environment. The one-off events will take place around the country, starting this Summer. To find out more, email us

To hub or not to hub...?

Is your Big Local thinking about developing a community space? Our learning event on 15 June In Bristol will help you to decide if a community hub is right for your area. Limited spaces available. Register now

Mending democracy

How similar are communities in the United States to those in England? Matt Leach, our chief executive, found echoes of Big Local - strong, engaged communities - on a recent trip across the Atlantic. Read Matt's blog

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Film of the month:School boxing

"Boxing makes me joyful!". Find more about the positive psychological effect of physical activity on young people in this great short film from Arches Local and Olympia Boxing. Watch the film

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