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A significant day for Big Local

10 December 2012

Today 50 communities across England join the existing 100 areas allocated at least £1m funding through Big Local, with residents themselves deciding how to improve their local areas over the next decade.

In this guest blog, Local Trust chief executive Debbie Ladds explains more about the opportunity being presented to people who wish to improve their areas. As we discover, it’s all about harnessing local talent, ambitions, skills and energy.

Local Trust's Debbie Ladds

Local Trust’s Debbie Ladds

10 December 2012 is a significant day in the Big Local calendar as it is the day the Big Lottery Fund announce the next 50 Big Local areas  in England.

This gives us the opportunity to showcase Big Local across England in partnership with the existing 100 Big Local areas and to advertise Big Local in the new areas. With the Big Lottery Fund we are participating in a round of radio interviews, newspaper articles, and TV news clips.

You can see some of the new vox-pops from existing Big Local areas on our Local Trust website where people talk about their Big Local journey.

You can also read the new Big Local case studies on our website too and find out what people are doing in their communities.

Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1m to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities. It’s about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.

This morning I’ve been participating in lots of local and regional radio interviews along with the Big Lottery Fund’s England Director, Dharmendra Kanani, explaining what Big Local is all about and how people locally can get involved.

This afternoon I’m attending our ‘Big Local – the story so far’ event which we are hosting with the Big Lottery Fund at the House of Commons. We’ve over 25 people from Big Local areas around England attending, along with MPs and other people interested in Big Local. I’m pleased that Mohammed and Abdul, residents of St Matthew’s Big Local area in Leicester, and Grace Williams, a resident of William Morris Big Local area in Walthamstow, London, are speaking and sharing their Big Local journey with us.

Nick Hurd MP, the Minister for Civil Society, and Nat Sloane, the chair of the England committee of the Big Lottery Fund, are also speaking and I look forward to hearing their thoughts on Big Local.

In the coming days and weeks, Big Local reps for the newly announced Big Local areas will be ‘on the ground’ in the areas explaining what Big Local is all about and I look forward to meeting people from the new areas as they join us on the Big Local journey – a fantastic opportunity for residents in Big Local areas to help make their area an even better place to live over the next 10 years or more.

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