What is Big Local ?
Local Trust’s mission is to enable people to make their communities better places to live. They do this by helping identified areas develop and use their skills and confidence to identify what matters most to them, and to take action to change things for the better, now and in the future. Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1m of Big Lottery funding, over 10 years, to make a massive and lasting positive difference to those communities. Each area is asked to work towards four key outcomes:
- Communities better able to identify local needs and take action in response to them.
- People feeling that their area is an even better place to live.
- The community making a difference to the needs it prioritises.
- People having increased skills and confidence so that they can continue to identify and respond to local needs.
So what does this mean for Fishwick and St Matthews?
FOFS were delighted when the Big Local awarded the £1 million for Fishwick and St Matthews area. The group utilised the outcomes from the Neighbourhood Plan consultation and merged these with the findings from the Big Local Plan consultation. What makes both plans vital and authentic is that they were put together as a result of extensive community consultation over a two year period.