The Community Leadership Academy provides a unique mix of support, training and personal development to Big Local residents making their neighbourhoods better places to live.

Participants take part in a range of individual and group sessions, including personal coaching, to work on their own strengths and leadership style, develop leadership in others and set strategy.

Created by Local Trust in partnership with Koreo, the Young Foundation and Northern Soul, the Community Leadership Academy provides structured support for community-led change as part of the Big Local programme and aims to increase understanding and investment in community leadership skills.

Running from 2020-21 it is designed to identify and support local residents so they are equipped to shape the future of their communities.

The Community Leadership Academy is a Big Local support offer. Providing at least £1m to each of 150 communities in England,  Big Local is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and managed by Local Trust.


Koreo has a mission to mobilise talent for social change. They specialise in co-designing leadership programmes, using coaching approaches to work in close partnership with participants to maximize the value of leadership development for individuals and groups.
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The Young Foundation

The Young Foundation works to develop better connected and more sustainable communities across the UK. Bringing together their own – and other people’s – work, they are building a shared body of evidence, tools and insight about how communities are taking action on the issues that affect them.
Visit The Young Foundation’s website

Northern Soul

Northern Soul is a consultancy based in West Yorkshire which focuses on championing the leadership and diversity in the North of England. They provide training, masterclasses and development for a more diverse stream of talent to be recognised. It was set up by Ruth Ibegbuna, a social entrepreneur and activist.
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Local Trust

Local Trust was established in 2012 to deliver Big Local, a unique programme that puts residents across the country in control of decisions about their own lives and neighbourhoods. Funded by a £217m endowment from The National Lottery Community Fund – the largest ever single commitment of lottery funds – it provides in excess of £1m of long-term funding over 10-15 years to each of 150 local communities, many of which face major social and economic challenges but have missed out in the past from accessing their fair share of statutory and lottery funds in the past.