Welcoming Local Trust!

We have recently began working with Local Trust – a National Lottery funded charity who has spent the last 10 to 15 years helping 150 communities across the UK to transform and deliver lasting change.  

What is Local Trust?

Each of these communities – known as Big Locals – were given £1 million as part of a radical initiative to improve areas historically overlooked in funding allocation. These communities didn’t have organisations or individuals who had the time, knowledge, or contacts to raise this amount of money. With Local Trust, communities could spend these funds according to the unique and distinct needs and priorities of their neighbourhoods.  

As well as helping each Big Local thrive, Local Trust’s work on policy and advocacy highlight the importance of community leadership and calling for regional devolution.  They call for a new focus in government policy on neighbourhoods, officially giving agency and opportunity to local people who know what is best for their community.

Our work so far: A Big Local event to remember!

Our role is to help the Big Locals get the extra media attention they deserve. Whether we support them with an event, champion their legacy organisation once the Big Local closed down or we ensure the unsung heroes of the Big Locals get the appreciation they deserve, there are hundreds of stories to be told! 

Our first event that we supported was Big Local Thurnscoe’s closing down event at the end of March. The event included sell-out tickets to the Lumini – an interactive art installation that stood 20 foot high – and other entertainment throughout the day. Our work earned the Yorkshire Big Local a spot in the Yorkshire Post, showcasing the beautiful photography from the event, as well as a slot on BBC Radio Sheffield and in local papers.  

We’re also working alongside broadcast TV to champion a remarkable self-defence class for women and girls down in London, as well as some avid gardeners in Stockport who are also campaigning against domestic violence. 

Watch this space… 

You can find out more about our exciting Local Trust projects by following our social media channels. Or stay up to state on the latest updates and insights on our news page here.