Here's a summary of some of the support available to all Big Local areas
Residents involved in Big Local can access support to develop and deliver their plans including an extensive programme of training, networking and light-touch on the ground support, provided by Local Trust and its partners.
Big Local reps
What they do
Work closely with Big Local partnerships to make sure they are informed, connected and supported
Help partnerships access additional support when needed
Share key successes, challenges and news with Local Trust
Share your knowledge and learn from other Big Local areas, residents, LTOs, workers and support partners. Free and costs covered! Find out more from your rep.
We are now exploring options for restarting face to face events in the summer of 2021, and will continue with a mixture of face to face and online events going forward.
Check our events page for updates and information about our latest workshops and drop ins.
Learning clusters: Join a group of 10+ Big Local areas to explore a topic or skill together through peer learning. You will meet 4 times and be guided by an expert facilitator from a Local Trust partner organisation. Locations agreed by the group.
Regional clusters: Meet up with nearby partnerships and a rep facilitator in your region. Decide together when and where to meet. If there is a not a regional cluster near you, ask your rep about setting one up.
Learning events: Attend one-off events on major or strategic topics such as leadership or youth facilities. Run over 1 or 2 days, these events are open to all Big Local areas.
Measuring change: Take part in a new series of training sessions with other Big Local partnerships. Access tailored advice and support from specialist researchers to learn how to ‘count what matters’ in your community.
Bespoke training: We can help you to organise specific training based on your needs and development as a Big Local area or partnership. You’ll be able to discuss and develop your training needs with an expert trainer from Directory of Social Change, who will deliver this at a time and location to suit your group.
Digital pathways: We have developed guidance to support you getting online no matter your experience level, as well as sign posting to other services that can help you get much needed data and devices for your community.
Big Local Connects
Big Local Connects is a unique event where every Big Local can come together for learning, networking and celebration.
Connects will be held in Nottingham this year from 29 – 30 October, we’ll be hosting a range of online discussions, workshops and activities for 150 Big Local areas to learn, network and share.