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Political activities and Big Local areas

This guidance updates our approach to what we mean by 'political activity' and explains what this means for Big Local areas going forward, providing a fuller explanation of what we mean in our grant terms and conditions. Read more

Bringing everyone together: why diversity matters for Big Local

Big Local is all about getting the widest possible mix of people involved to make a lasting, positive difference to their communities. This guide explains why this is so important. It also aims to show how diversity and equality are not pieces of jargon or political correctness, but can really help you get the best of your vision and plan for your area. Read more

Spaces for everyone: the Big Local guide to environment, people and place

Through Big Local, people will come together to build visions for how they would like their areas to become even better places in which to live. This guide offers advice about viewing the places and resources in the environment around us – and how this can help build that vision. Read more

Communications guidance

This guidance is to help with the conversation you're having about Big Local in your area. You need to make it easy for people to get involved, and keep them informed about what you’re doing, so that they can contribute and give feedback. Read more


Guidance on writing newsletters about Big Local in your area. A newsletter is a print or electronic publication that promotes your work and spreads the word. Read more

Working with local media

A good way to communicate with new audiences is by establishing good working practices and relationships with your local media - press, TV and radio, community magazines and newsletters. If you do get publicity for Big Local, please make sure that you let us know so we can share the success of your work with other Big Local areas, as well as our staff, trustees and supporters. Read more

Websites for Big Local areas and groups

Do you need a website? The answer to this will depend on various factors. What other means of communication already exist? Will you be able to set up a website, and also maintain it? Is it appropriate for the people you want to reach? Here are some notes to help you. Read more

Using social media

Social media are a great way to build your support base, connect with people you might not otherwise get a chance to talk to, and show a wide audience what you are doing. Read more

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