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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...

Keeping the ‘social’ in the housing sector; the new responses

Over the year, we’ve enjoyed a growing understanding and relationship with a number of housing associations up and down the country. But just as we were getting to know a bit more about each other July ‘happened’. The government’s announcement of the Right to Buy,...

Why we all need to improve our community engagement

As public finances shrink beyond recognition, local decision-making increases and each sector has to prove its social purpose, many of us will need to turn our minds to how we tackle our day jobs differently. Regardless of whether this is about achieving better health...

Building healthy communities in an age of austerity

This article looks at the key factors in building a healthy community which includes the ability to access fair finance; for power to reside locally in determining community problems; and for communities to be able to resolve these issues. These factors have become...

Launching Love Your Community

Each of our departments has its own contribution to make – our Research team is providing innovative ways of measuring the impact the voluntary and community sector makes. We are active campaigners and key to the delivery and management of the Community Investment...