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31 August 2012
Welcome Message from Debbie Ladds
Hello and welcome to our August newsletter.
Wherever you are in England, I hope you have enjoyed the Olympics and are now enjoying the Paralympics as much as we are in London. It’s been great to see some Big Local areas following up the sport theme, for example young people aged 14 to 19 in Kingsbrook and Cauldwell have been enjoying their Big Local community games. Sport is a great way of bringing people together, and I was pleased to see that some partners are part of the Legacy 2013> fund – you can find out more here.
In this newsletter we highlight what happened at recent Big Local learning events and what events are coming up. We provide you with links to some of the fantastic films produced by people in Big Local areas – all films can be viewed via your Big Local pages on our website.
We also showcase some of the great things people are doing in Big Local areas. For example William Morris Big Local in Walthamstow, shows how ‘Big Local Champions’ are driving the Big Local programme forward, Podsmead in Gloucester shows how the Podsmobile is getting the Big Local wheels rolling and in Rastrick, West Yorkshire we find out how people are using their local library to get resident’s involved in Big Local.
Finally, Simrit and Mark from the Local Trust team provide some ideas about good financial management in our latest blog.
Debbie Ladds, chief executive, Local Trust
p.s. I joined twitter this week – do get in touch: @DebbieLadds
Clubmoor Big Local in Liverpool also launched their new short film, and used the opportunity to find out from residents what they like about Clubmoor, what they would change if they could and how people could be more involved in the Clubmoor community.
Food glorious food!
Other Big Local clips
Leeming and Aycliffe Big Local community shop
A community shop in Allum Lane, Borehamwood, run by Leeming and Aycliffe’s locally trusted organisation Community Action Hertsmere, is now the new hub of the area’s Big Local activities. The Big Local community shop provides a place for residents to find out more about Big Local through events such as coffee mornings, and allows people to put their ideas forward and meet other people who are currently involved. A grand re-opening event was held which involved residents, partnership members and the local Mayor.
Talk to your local library
Big Local in Rastrick have a permanent exhibition in the foyer of their local library. It’s a great place to display information and leaflets as it has the potential to be seen by many different people in the community and stimulate Big Local conversations.
Podsmead Big Local introduces the Podsmobile!
People in Podsmead, Gloucester, were invited earlier this month to visit the Podsmobile – a mobile bus bringing a street café, a number of local services as well as activities to the streets of Podsmead. The idea was developed by a team of residents and service providers including NHS Gloucestershire and Gloucester city council. As well as talking to people locally about the strengths of their community and inviting people to share ideas, visitors to the Podsmobile were also able to get advice and information on a wide range of issues including healthy eating, getting active, family activities, housing and money. The findings of the activities over the four day tour will be used to feed into the work of Podsmead Big Local and also a new project funded by the British Heart Foundation working towards improving the health of residents.