“It’s going to take years for this to be done. It’s not going to be five minutes. But I’m not the sort of person to give up.”
In every Big Local area, it’s the people who live there that are making change happen, overcoming challenges both personal and public to improve things in their community. Travelling across England as Local Trust’s first journalist-at-large, Louise Tickle met many people who were doing brilliant things and in many cases the odds seemed stacked against them, but that rarely discouraged them. In this essay, Tickle tells their stories, exploring the experiences that have shaped them, their motivations and the incredible results that can be achieved when people build the courage to succeed.