BIG LOCAL FOCAL
Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities. Big Local brings 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.
Big Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Local Trust. Nationally they work with a range of partners to deliver Big Local, building on the skills and experiences of others to provide expert advice and support for residents.
Big Local outcomes
Communities will be better able to identify local needs and take action in response to them.
People will have increased skills and confidence, so that they continue to identify and respond to needs in the future.
The community will make a difference to the needs it prioritises.
People will feel that their area is an even better place to live.
The great thing about Big Local is that it’s not about your local authority, the government or a national organisation telling you what to do. Ultimately, it’s about local residents making the important decisions about projects, events and initiatives which will benefit the whole community. It’s not about individual groups fixing their favourite problem but sharing knowledge and local concerns in order that they can be addressed progressively and considerately. We have ten years or more to plan and deliver the best options for the community who live within the Heart Of Pitsea area.
Though the Big Local path may be challenging, particularly in terms of getting people involved, there is evidence of increasing awareness, engagement and involvement from the wider community. Residents are identifying the needs of our community and taking action in response to them through the support of those around them. This support includes other residents, our Big Local support worker, the locally trusted organisation and local organisations . Residents are growing in skills and confidence to increasingly take the lead in Big Local and remain very committed to it. This is because of their continued passion to make a difference to their area and make it an even better place for all who live there. We have begun an exciting journey which will hopefully generate effective changes and improvements for all who live, work or go to school in the Heart of Pitsea area. These steps move us ever forward towards an engaged community that creates opportunities for everyone and feels good about itself.