Devolving more power to local communities is an attractive solution to the challenges of austerity. Effective councils will have many mechanisms set up to inform, consult and involve local people in the business of the council. But empowering residents in ways that enables them to transform their lives and their communities means devolving decision making and power and developing new approaches to support resident-led solutions in communities.
The winner of this award will be a pioneer of new methods of community support and engagement who has empowered residents to lead positive local change. They will have:
- found innovative ways to support residents to put forward ideas and implement them
- developed new relationships and regular communication between the council, residents and community groups
- collaborated with residents and a community group(s) to deliver a project that benefits the community, for example through co-creation or co-funding.
Local Trust is a charity that enables residents and those they trust to create lasting change, supporting communities to ensure resident and community-led transformation of people and places. Local Trust runs the Big Local programme (funded by the Big Lottery Fund), an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to receive £1m and a range of support over 15 years to make a lasting positive difference to their communities. Big Local brings together all the local talent, ambition, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area and even better place to live.