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Big Local Trust – Getting People Involved

The ‘Getting People Involved’ was the initial stage of Big Local Trust development in April and May 2011.

There were 19 creative consultation events run in Clandown, Tyning, Writhlington, Haydon, Radstock central, and Westfield. 500 local people had their voice heard.

“It will enable people to make their communities better places to live in, now and in the future. It will help people to develop the skills and confidence they need to identify priorities that matter to them and to take action to change things for the better.”
– Philippa Forsey and Samantha Mitchell, Project Coordinators.

The project was just the beginning stage of a longer term consultation, to raise local people’s awareness of the area receiving at least £1 milliion of lottery good cause money over a ten year period through the Big Local. The communities of Radstock and Westfield are one of the first 50 areas in England to benefit from the Big Local Trust programme.

Visiting artists, Paul Howard, Neil Light, Eleanora Ferry and Marina Sossi, met people where the live, work and play asking one question ‘What does community mean to you?’. Working in partnership with Wansdyke Play Association, SWALLOW, Somer Housing and Somer Valley FM they engaged with toddlers to elderly residents celebrating community through creative thinking, games, drawing, film-making and digital activity.

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