For 2018-19 we have broadened Community Engagement Projects to Community Engagement & Partnership Support, reflecting our commitment to the vision for our community. We will continue our programme of community engagement across all of the above priorities, whilst also remaining responsive to community needs as they change. Our Community Coordinator will be driving forward many of the areas identified in the Plan, whilst also developing partnerships with existing and new community groups, stakeholders and service providers, and supporting the development of community organisations and projects in the area.

The successful Dragons Den community grant will continue, offering local people the opportunity to test new ideas as well as developing existing projects benefitting the community. Through Dragon’s Den we will be looking for projects and activities that respond to the priorities identified in the Plan, as well as projects that respond to other identified needs. You can find out more about Dragon's Den here.

We will also provide training and development opportunities for Big Local Volunteers – Community Heroes, supporting people to develop their skills as they give their time to community projects.

During the next 2 years we will be focusing on:

  • Enabling residents and groups to develop projects that will benefit the community, through Dragon’s Den grants
  • Engaging residents in community activities and services in the Big Local area, and encouraging people to get involved in Big Local activities
  • Supporting the development of community groups and projects in the area, including help with governance, fundraising, project planning and delivery
  • Encouraging partnership working between local organisations and projects to maximise community benefit