All Big Local areas publish Community Plans that set out how they plan to spend their £1million within their local community. Community plans must be based on research and consultation with local people and organisations, and are individual to each Big Local area. Each of the 150 Big Local areas will have different needs and aspirations and their Community Plans will reflect this. A Community Plan can cover any period of time from 6 months to a number of years and most Big Local areas will publish three or more plans during their 10 year programme.
Our first Community Plan was based on research and consultation that was started in 2011; the resulting Plan was published in September 2014 and covered two years. In early 2016 we asked local people for feedback about our progress, and for ideas for the future, and this information was used to develop our second Community Plan. This was published in September 2016 and will run until August 2019.
Our third plan outlines how we will continue to build on the first five years of investment in our communities, includes some new projects, and also starts to explore how Big Local will make a lasting difference in the area – at the end of 10 years, what difference will we have made? How will this continue beyond the end of 10 years? Plan 3 covers the period November 2019 to October 2020.
With this, our fourth and final Plan, we have recognised that our focus areas are predominately the same but the impact of COVID needs to be taken into consideration. Increasing concerns around poverty, overall well-being, and unemployment, means we have looked at ways how we can work with other organisations in order to give support to our communities and to ensure that our villages are not left behind. Using consultations from previous years, insights from Local Trust and, of course, the knowledge of our Partners, also that of our partner organisations, from volunteers and workers, we have put together a Plan of activities that we hope will provide this action and also provide sustainable programs, post-Three Parish Big Local.
These 6 key areas for investment in our second Community Plan are known as our ‘Community Aspirations’, and are shown below:
You can download both our current and our original Community Plans by clicking on the links below.