To celebrate Connects at Home, Creative Civic Change areas are sharing some of the brilliant activities they have been doing with their communities during lockdown. We would love Big Local areas to share this pack with their residents, complete the activities and let us know what you come up with! All photos can be shared on the Connects at Home Workplace page or using #CreativeCivicChange on social media.
A quiz on all things Big Local – from the famous faces associated with different areas to the number of babies born since the programme began.
Dip in and out of Connects at Home when it works best for you. Take a break and check out videos on a variety of topics developed exclusively for Connects at Home to get you thinking and discussing – feel free to post your thoughts and ideas on the videos and start a conversation!
The role of Big Local in fostering inclusive communities by Mary Austin Associates
Exploring community innovation by Sylvia Cheuy, Tamarack Institute
The Community Wealth Fund: what is it and would it improve my local area? by Jane Ide, NAVCA
Bring something from your area, it could be an item, photo, food, or a person for example, and you can share why it’s important to your Big Local area.
Get a run down of the highlights across Big Local from the past year and what we have coming up for you at Connects At Home.
Hear from the APLE Collective on their thoughts around the strength of ensuring the voice of lived experience is in all of our work. And, there will be time for you to meet other event attendees – just like you would if you were grabbing a coffee between sessions.
Ensuring the Voices of Lived Experience remain at the heart of Community Action
We are the APLE Collective – a national collective of individuals and organisations who have experienced or are experiencing poverty. Our aim is to create a sustainable, grassroots network across the UK to raise awareness of poverty, reduce stigma and work together with others to eradicate it. We will introduce the aims and values of the Collective, discuss our campaigns and reflect on the importance of ensuring that the voices of lived experience remain at the heart of community action. Please have a piece of paper and your favorite coloured pen, pencil or felt tip to hand as this will be a participatory reflection. www.aplecollective.com @aplecollective
After brilliant feedback at Connects 2019, The Urban Mindfulness Foundation is back for Connects at Home. Take some time for yourself and learn about mindfulness in a social context. Be introduced to a coherent breathing technique to help calm your nervous system and support your wellbeing.
How does the government measure the economy? What does this mean for people in reality, and is there a better way of thinking about the impact on people? You’ll discuss these questions and hear from other Big Local areas about what they feel makes a ‘good economy’ and their ideas on how they can build that in their area.
Learn about the campaign for a Universal Basic Income from Michael Pugh, Director and Co-Founder of Basic Income Conversation. Understand what a Basic Income might involve and how it might address some of the major challenges that the post COVID-19 world could throw at us. There will be an opportunity for you to become part of the national conversation on a Basic Income, voicing your experience of living and working in communities across the UK to frame the wider discussion on this innovative proposal.
Understand the climate crisis and how it affects local communities, learn why community action is important in responding and what you can do to help at a local level.
Hear from Ryan Herman, Local Trust’s journalist-at-large about his experience of talking to Big Local residents across the country. Ryan will explore what makes the Big Local story so interesting and what Big Local areas can learn from this to tell their own stories in the best way possible.
Tune in for our first ever radio show! Ease yourself into the final day of Connects at Home by listening to four Big Local areas as they reflect on the best things they’ve seen in their community as a result of COVID-19. No better way to start your Saturday!
Hear from a participant and coach from the Community Leadership Academy talk about their experiences of working together through coaching, and how the participant has built self-awareness and leadership in communities. Learn how their techniques could help you build leadership skills in your Big Local area.
Join us for a round up of Connects at Home! We’ll be hearing from Matt Leach about his highlights from the three days. We’ll also be welcoming a very special guest – Maff Potts from Camerados who will talk about what he sees as being the strength of community from the work he does through getting people to look out for each other and setting up public living rooms to get strangers chatting. Then our final farewell will see us join together for a singalong to our very own Big Local song, an announcement of our prize winners from the quiz, and a big reveal of some very exciting news for next year…