Supporting resident-led action through Big Local

We are a delivery partner in the Big Local programme, a lottery funded initiative that is investing up to £1 million in 150 neighbourhoods across England over the next ten years.

Group of residents participating in a workshop with a garden in background

Client: Local Trust

2011-present

The challenge

Big Local is an ambitious resident-led programme which aims to achieve four key 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

Our approach

Renaisi manages a national network of around 70 Big Local Reps – independent consultants who have been commissioned to provide direct support for Big Local areas

Reps are a critical part of the Big Local programme, providing responsive, on-the-ground support to the residents and other stakeholders involved in Big Local.  They enable a large and complex programme that is managed from a London central office, to be tailored to local need, and attuned to local circumstances.

Impact

A recent early years programme evaluation by NCVO concluded that:

  • The support offered through the Big Local Reps network is highly effective. More than 80 Big Local Reps have been recruited, inducted and trained to support areas
  • Reps are highly valued and serve as a conduit to new ideas and learning, ensure that Big Local is truly resident-led, and provide reassurance and encouragement to residents
  • National partners have delivered in line with the programme’s core values and the programme is doing things differently, with light touch support at its heart
  • The flexibility the light-touch approach offers is recognised as a key enabling factor of resident-led progress; where they are not overly dependent on the programme’s support