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The evolution of Big Local

Local Trust’s chief executive, Debbie Ladds, invited me to write an article that, on the closure of the Community Development Foundation (CDF) in March 2016, provides an insight into Local Trust’s beginnings and the relationship between the two organisations. Here’s...

A legacy for community development

The decision was taken in the context of the evolution of community development and of CDF – from 1967 as a non-departmental public body and charity with offices in the nations, to an independent social enterprise in 2011, delivering a number of products and services...

Remaking Cities Congress, Pittsburgh (part 2)

Reflecting on the Remaking Cities Congress in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which took place in mid-October, I can honestly say it exceeded my expectations and surprised me in a number of ways. I felt privileged to have been invited to this second Congress, the first of...

Big Local funding in Selby

Many of you will know that I am a trustee of Local Trust, the organisation running the Big Local project. And some of you may also know that I lived in Selby District in North Yorkshire for 19 years and both me and my family worked, shopped and socialised in the town;...