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Local Trust newsletter June 2018

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Local Trust newsletter June 2018
Leaders and believers

Get a snapshot of Big Local Connects, our biggest event yet, and help shape a new programme on community leadership. As we track how Big Local areas collaborate with faith organisations, even the Archbishop of Canterbury gets a look in.

Big Local Connects – two days of activity, inspiration and fun

What an amazing weekend at Big Local Connects, the first time 126 Big Local areas have come together at one brilliant event. If you attended and have any reflections, please share them using #BLConnects on Twitter, or in the Working on Big Local Facebook group.

You can also download all the presentations from the weekend here.

Putting people in control

Putting people in control

Andy Curtis, senior researcher at Local Trust outlines our submission to the Civil Society Strategy consultation. How can the Big Local model help redefine our understanding of civil society? Read the blog.

Community spirits

Latest essay: Community Spirits

Author Stephen Bates visited Collyhurst, Grace Mary to Lion Farm, North Ormesby, One Palfrey and Greenmoor Big Local areas to explore the changing role of faith in place. Read the essay.

Community leadership

Event: Who are your leaders?

Leaders – in all their forms – are crucial to the success of Big Local, so we are developing a programme to support community leaders, kicking off with an event in Coventry on the 28 September where you can develop leadership skills and inform the development of the future programme. Register your interest.

Newington Archbishop of Canterbury

Film of the month: Newington Big Local

This thoughtful film documents the Archbishop of Canterbury visiting a local credit union, discussing the role it plays in the community and the community’s link to the church. Watch the film.

Do you want your Big Local film featured here? Tag us on social media, or just drop us an e-mail.

Workers survey

Calling all Big Local workers

Big Local workers – the people paid to support the Big Local partnership and the delivery of Big Local – are making an incredible contribution to Big Local, and we want to know more about them and their work. Find out more.

Tell us what you think

We’re reviewing the Local Trust website – but we can’t do it without you. If you’d like to join the consultation or to find out more about our plans, get in touch.

Big Local in the news

What faith groups do is offer hope in a hopeless situation

Community champion given Queen’s honour

Canon Bob White: Let’s focus on what unites us

Boston steps back in time for 1940s weekend

Hampden Park rally to highlight dangers of air pollution

Sandi Phillips: ‘How Elthorne Pride is helping our estate get its community spirit back’

Coming soon: We’re going to have two new podcasts available very soon so keep an eye out for those, as well as a brilliant essay on the role of heritage in Big Local areas.

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The Big Kirk Hallam Thank You

Do you know someone who makes a difference to Kirk Hallam?

We are recognising and celebrating people who live or volunteer in Kirk Hallam and make the area a better place

It could be that they are a good neighbour, they care about the area, they are community minded, they give up their time for Kirk Hallam, they have made a difference to you

Nominations close on Friday 17 November and the award ceremony will take place on Saturday 2 December at 2.00pm

Click on the link below for the nomination form and return to jsan Shepherd at the Big Kirk Hallam Community Centre or email to

Big Thank you nomination form 2017

Thank you

Residents enjoy Big Kirk Hallam Community Lunch at local primary schools

On Fridays, members of the community are invited to join staff and pupils at Ladywood and Dallimore schools for a free lunch.

A group of Year 3 boys at Ladywood have been given the job of supervisors of their session with the support of a key member of staff. The boys meet and greet the guest and take them to the table, they fetch the guests’ meals and sit with them to have their own lunch.

The meal is on offer every week and the school now has regulars who come for every meal.

The mealtime is mutually supportive for the learners at Ladywood and the guests as the project has reduced isolation for the guests and it is obvious they enjoy attending. The learners at Ladywood also look forward to the responsibility and the shared conversation with the guests.

The school still has some places for new guest and they will be promoting this through newsletters and theme days.

As a way of saying thank you, the school is planning to take their regular visitors and the boys club to a local restaurant to have lunch.

Dallimore School has also been welcoming community members to join them to share a free Friday meal.

There was a busy start to the project at Dallimore, however the numbers have more recently reduced significantly and so the school is again opening the invitation to the whole community to join them.

The school currently has a grandparent who regularly attends the Friday lunch session. He then spends time with his grandson and friend, playing games and reading etcetera. This visitor to ‘Fishy Friday’ is made to feel really welcome by all.  He looks forward to his lunch and joins in well. His grandson enjoys the time with his granddad! The participant says the time with his grandson is invaluable and gives him a real purpose to his Friday routine. He misses the social interaction if he misses a session.

The numbers are lower than the school had hoped and so they have re-advertised and are hoping for more participants in this enjoyable and valuable session in the future!