Published: 22nd May 2012

Big Local is resident driven and brings together local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations in up to 150 small areas across England. Last week marked the start of 12 Big Local spring events for those living and working in Big Local areas. On the Wednesday we were welcomed to the William Morris Big Local area, in Walthamstow, London and then on the Friday at the Osmaston Community Centre in Allenton, Derby. One of the things that a lot of the areas talked about was ‘difference’: how Big Local felt different to other programmes that they’d worked on in the past, and the different approaches each area has taken to getting people involved. In the William Morris Big Local area, resident Grace Williams, who is newly in post to co-ordinate Big Local activities of volunteers, talked about moving away from a consultation process toward mechanisms for … (To read the full article, subscribe below)