Essays

Read about how people and places are changing through Big Local in our essay series written by independent thinkers

Antony Mason considers how four Big Local areas – Wick Award, Church Hill, Stoke North and Coastal Community Challenge – are each choosing to prioritise the welfare of young people.

Antony Mason
20 May 2019
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Maddy Costa explores how four Big Local areas – Newington, Clubmoor, Devonshire West and Winterton – are each using arts and creativity to transform their neighbourhoods.

Maddy Costa
08 April 2019
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Hazel Sheffield discovers the power of individuals partnering with communities to create change.

Hazel Sheffield
06 October 2018
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Carey Newson explores how four Big Local areas – Ramsey, Plaistow, Gateshead and Boston – are each tapping into unique local histories to reignite pride in their community.

Carey Newson
06 July 2018
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In this compelling tour of five Big Local areas, Stephen Bates interviews a range of people about how faith motivates and sustains their involvement in community.

Stephen Bates
06 May 2018
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Dan Gregory collects evidence from three Big Local areas – in Southampton, Manchester and Bristol – and asks how our social infrastructure will fare as communities brace for a looming crisis in service provision?

Dan Gregory
06 May 2018
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This essay reports on the aspirations and achievements of Big Local areas in Merseyside, Lincoln and Telford, and places them in the context of previous experiences of community development, decline and revitalisation.

Julian Dobson
06 February 2018
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In this lively account of visits to Big Local areas in Kent, Blackpool, Leicester and Doncaster, David Boyle examines the powerful stories of the residents involved and challenges established ideas about what it takes to create local change.

David Boyle
06 September 2017
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