DWBL - few words

Big Local, run by Local Trust, is working with the Big Lottery Fund to help people to make massive, lasting and positive differences in their own communities. Devonshire West is one of 150 spots around England that have been allocated £1m over a ten year period to make their area an even better place to live.

Big Local has four key aims:

•  Communities will be able to identify local needs and take action in response to them.
•  People will have increased skills and confidence, so that they can continue to identify and respond to need 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.

Devonshire West, like all the other areas, will progress through a seven stage Big Local Pathway over the duration of the project.

Residents are at the heart of the process: through a series of consultation events, all the suggestions have been collected from local people.

Originally, the project was managed by an Interim Planning Group made up of community volunteers and representatives from a few key organisations. It is now managed by an elected Board (see Who is involved?), with significant support from a wide range of local people.

There is a requirement that residents are in the majority on the Devonshire West Big Local Board, and this is the body that is responsible for implementing how the £1m will be spent.

The group has always adopted an open approach to their work and welcome more volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch.

What it is NOT…

It’s NOT the council, local authority or government or telling people what to do.
It’s NOT about individual groups fixing their favourite problem without talking to a wide range of different people who live and work in the community.
It’s NOT short-term – 10 years or more to plan and deliver the best options for the area.