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The Amazing Communities Together (ACT) network officially launched at the final Big Local Connects last weekend.

The ACT network has been established by individuals involved with the Big Local programme, with the mission of building on the knowledge, experience and connections formed through Big Local, so that communities can continue to benefit long after its conclusion.

Some of you may have already signed up at the ACT stall at Connects, where members shared their ambitions for the network.

Who can join the ACT network?

ACT is open to any individuals or organisations who are interested in building stronger communities and offers members the following benefits:

  • Staying connected: ACT allows you to maintain valuable connections with your peers who have shared the Big Local journey with you. It’s also open to individuals and groups who are passionate about community development, regardless of their Big Local membership status.
  • Knowledge sharing: The network provides a platform for sharing fresh community development ideas and best practice. It’s a two-way street, where you can contribute your insights and benefit from the collective wisdom of experienced individuals.
  • Guidance and advice: Community development can be challenging, and ACT acknowledges that. That’s why it offers a place to seek advice on those tricky topics. You can tap into the experience of those who have ‘been there, done that,’ gaining valuable guidance for your own projects.
  • Stay informed: ACT keeps you in the loop about upcoming events, networking opportunities, funding prospects, and collaboration possibilities. This ensures that you don’t miss out on valuable resources and the chance to connect with like-minded individuals and organisations.

ACT is not just an organisation; it’s a movement for change. It’s a commitment to building stronger communities that have the power to shape their own destinies. By joining ACT, you become part of a network that believes in the collective strength of communities and is dedicated to supporting their growth and development.”

Waqas Arshad, ACT founding member

A man talks to a woman by a booth with an ipad

The ACT booth at Connects 2023. Photo: Local Trust/Richard Richards.

What are ACT’s mission and goals?

ACT is a dynamic network that has emerged from the legacy of the Big Local programme. Its mission is to empower communities, foster collaboration, and create positive, lasting change. The network serves as a bridge, connecting individuals and community groups interested in community development, regardless of their affiliation with the Big Local programme.

What’s next for ACT?

Following the launch of ACT at Connects, the network will continue to evolve, adapting to the needs and aspirations of its members. This means that your input and participation can help shape the future of ACT.

Sign up to the network now

 Find out more by emailing ACT on