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Voices of Big Local

Meet the people working on Big Local

‘It’s about young people’s voices’

At Newington Big Local’s popular Chill Club young people gain cooking skills, explore their creativity and connect with their community.

‘Newington is the complete opposite of what it used to be’

With a buzzing community centre at the heart of their achievements and leaving a negative reputation behind, Newington Big Local has a lot to be proud of.

Changemakers: Addressing local needs and growing community resilience

Brenda Lines has approached her role as chair of Big Local DY10 with a strategic mindset. Here, she tells us about the measurable impact they have made in the community, and how the biggest success of the partnership has been enabling people to grow.

Changemakers: Bringing divided neighbourhoods together in the West Midlands

Tracy Lowe has led a youth club in her Black Country community for three decades. Now, she chairs Grace Mary to Lion Farm (GM2LF) Big Local, which is transforming relationships across several local estates.

Changemakers: Celebrating diversity and promoting community cohesion

With decades of experience behind him and an in-depth understanding of his community, Junior Collins has engaged residents and helped them to bring to life what they want for Wembley.

Changemakers: Inspiring residents to become leaders

Val Fendley helped get Ramsey Million Big Local off the ground and is now part of the organisation continuing its work. She shares how the Big Local helped Cambridgeshire residents become community leaders.

“Without Big Local, I’d be lost in the community.”

Nyah explains how volunteering at Birchfield Big Local in Birmingham has given her a sense of purpose and belonging in her community, and a space to explore what Black history means with the next generation.

Changemakers: Bringing cultures and communities together

From fun summer events to new health and wellbeing initiatives, Katy Roberts from Boston Big Local shares how they are bringing people in the community together.

Changemakers: Championing community pride and supporting young people

To mark ten years of Local Trust, our Changemakers series highlights the stories of some of the remarkable people delivering Big Local. Here Diane Oxley shares the difference that Thurcroft Big Local has made to people's lives, from opening a community hub to launching a lunch club.