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The courage to succeed

26 Mar 2020

“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.

About the Author
Louise Tickle

Louise Tickle is an award-winning freelance journalist specialising in education and social affairs. Her work has been featured in a range of national publications including The Guardian, The Times and Sunday Times, Newsweek, Tortoise, consumer magazines and specialist professional journals. From September 2018 she spent a year as Local Trust’s first journalist-at-large, travelling the country to tell the stories of Big Local.