About Whitleigh BIG Local

The Big Local

The Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use £1 million to make a massive and lasting positive difference to our communities. Big Local brings together local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live. 

Big Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Managed locally by the Whitleigh community.

Committee Meeting, Whitleigh Green, July 2019

Our Vision

We want to create a better Whitleigh, looking out for the well-being of our residents, and helping them to achieve their aspirations, improve their lives and create confidence. We will provide residents with the tools to do things for themselves, to help them create a supportive, collaborative, and caring community. Whitleigh will have a vibrant local economy, encouraged through strong social enterprise and local business.


The Plan

We are required to work to a plan. An initial plan was prepared in order for Whitleigh to be awarded its £1 million. Since plans are valid for a maximum of 3 years, this plan has recently been updated.

See the Updated Plan

See the Original Plan



Whitleigh Big Local is legally organised as a partnership. It has a set of rules (Terms of Reference) that defines how decisions are made and, therefore, how the money is spent. Some of these rules are passed down from the local Trust (https://localtrust.org.uk/), the national body that oversees all Big Locals across the country, and some are generated by the committee to suit local needs.

…and how you can get involved


Join the Management Committee

Get directly involved in managing the Whitleigh Big Local, help us build on our successes and make the plan become a reality.

Perhaps you’re good at writing funding applications or preparing articles for our newsletter? Or just awesome at getting stuff done! WE NEED YOU!!

Meetings are monthly and are held in the Scout Hut on Lancaster Gardens. Dates are published on our website.


Become a Community Champion

We are looking for Champions in the community who can help spread the word in their local area or for their specific group. 

Making sure the voice of the community is heard. 


Spread the News

Join our mailing list, post comments on our Facebook page or become a contributor to the web page – Tell your friends and family about us. Help us make a difference to our community. 


Working Together

If you run an activity or deliver local services then get in touch we may be able to support you and advertise what you do…

…and if you would like to start a project or an activity, then we could help you.