Produced by the Community Development Foundation the Big Local early learning report is based on information collected by Local Trust and delivery partners between July 2011 and March 2012, and as such is based on information from the first 50 Big Local areas. In it is some really useful and interesting learning for Local Trust and our partners, which has already started to inform our development and delivery of Big Local, and – we think – improve the quality and direction of support to each Big Local area through the pathway.
In it, the Community Development Foundation (CDF) and the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) reflect on key themes that have emerged from Big Local areas moving through the early stages of the Big Local pathway, such as the importance of understanding the context of their activities and the importance and wide range of ways to get people involved. Some of the common challenges experienced by a range of Big Local areas are identified, and the concluding chapter looks ahead to the future with some suggestions as to how we can improve Big Local. Here are some of the suggestions from the report and the how Local Trust, and our partners are responding:
In the report CDF suggests that Local Trust captures the different arrangements that are evolving, and we have started to capture some of this. We will share more on this in 2013. We already know that emerging models include a core group of people with a pool of advisors that are can be called upon for support; a large resident consultation group with a smaller decision making body; a large resident decision making group with supporters/advisors helping; and a core group supported by smaller task and finish groups.
Capacity Global and the National Association for Neighbourhood Management (NANM), our partner organisations delivering learning and networking events for Big Local areas, are making contact with all the areas (via the rep, our monthly electronic newsletter or the Big Local steering groups or partnerships) to invite people to upcoming events, or work with them to design learning opportunities useful to them. We also now have some Big Local reps who are facilitating and/or arranging learning events between Big Local areas.
In response to other findings, we have also:
Debbie Ladds, chief executive