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Connect & influence


Do you want to grow your network, both within Big Local and beyond?

There’s a range of support available to help you get connected with the people you need to help you deliver your Big Local plans, on topics including:

  • Community engagement 
  • Volunteers

Grow your influence with help from partners

There are up to 10 days of free support available with expert partners, to help you strengthen your local networks – whether you need to engage new partnership members or recruit volunteers.


Join events to learn new engagement strategies

Come along to our regular learning events, where our expert partners will introduce you to tools, tips, and guidance that can help you engage your local community.

Connect within the Big Local family

We host a range of networking events, where you can connect with other Big Local areas, including regional clusters, chairs networking and Keep Connected.

Find learning & networking events


Read, download and share popular guidance

Browse some of our popular pieces of guidance on community engagement and volunteering, or view all guidance here.


Sign up to our new mailing

We will be adding more support on a regular basis so make sure you’re signed up to our Make it Happen mailing, just for Big Local areas, to stay up to date.