- What we do
- Theory of Change
Local Trust have joined London Funders as they are keen to share and develop learning about the Big Local approach, which puts the power of decision making into the hands of people across England. 17 of the first 100 areas they are working with through Big Local are in London, so it is a major element of their activity. They see the network as an opportunity to take part in key discussions for funders.
Local Trust is using a £200 million investment from Big Lottery Fund to deliver Big Local, an opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1 million per area to make a lasting difference to their communities over a ten-year period. They will achieve this by bringing together local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations that want to make their area a better place to live.
Debbie Ladds, Chief Executive of Local Trust comments “The Big Local areas have been chosen, as in the past they have been overlooked for Big Lottery Fund support. The investment made through Big Local will address the priorities residents identify themselves, using solutions that they have identified, with a blend of finance (grants, social investment and commissioning) and the support that we are making available to them.”
Big Local is being delivered by Local Trust and a team of partners including Community Development Foundation (CDF), Capacity Global, CCLA, the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), the National Association of Neighbourhood Management (NANM), Renaisi, Small Change and UnLtd – to provide advice and support for residents.
Each Big Local area is provided with the support of a Big Local representative or ‘rep’. The rep’s role is to provide support, advice and encouragement to local areas to help them achieve their vision and deliver Big Local outcomes and principles. This includes guiding local areas through the Big Local pathway such as providing advice on how to get people involved, community visioning and creating a local partnership.
Staff based in London are working to share ideas and experience between localities and the partner organisations are each taking a significant role. For example, UnLtd are working with local people for whom “enterprise” is the goal. Through the Star People programme, UnLtd will provide packages of funding and support to help people begin their journey as community entrepreneurs. Another group, Small Change, are helping Big Local areas consider some of the different and innovative ways that their funding can be used.
CCLA, as experts in ethical and responsible investment, are the fund manager for Big Local funds, helping maximise the money going into mission. IVAR and CDF Research are taking real time learning from Big Local to shape the support Local Trust and partners provide to Big Local areas over the coming years.