19 July 2019

So, you’ve had your Big Lunch and folded the bunting … but what’s next? If you’ve gotten the taste for bringing your community together, you might like to join Locality, the national membership network for community organisations.

They believe in the power of community to create a fairer society, and support community organisations to be strong and successful, meet local needs and encourage better places to live and good health. 

Be inspired by the power of community

Locality work with local people and organisations across England who believe in the power of community and get to see first-hand the amazing things communities can do.

Take a look at some inspiring stories of how local people have saved much-loved publicly owned buildings, parks and spaces from being sold off for private use. You can do the same, it just takes one small step.

Taking things forward

Do you have a great idea? It’s important to take the time to understand what you are trying to achieve when setting up a new community group or organisation. Go to Locality’s handy step-by-step guide and other free resources to help you get the basics in place to make your community dreams become a reality. 

Up and running

Once you have a group of people together more formally and are working on a project or campaign, you might need a bit of help. That’s where the Locality membership network comes in. It’s made up of hundreds of community organisations that create spaces where everyone belongs and as a member you’ll get the support you need, meet the right people and campaign for change.

If you’re dealing with a tricky problem, Locality will help you find another member who’s experienced, so that you can avoid similar obstacles. If you need more support, you can speak to a Locality expert. They have specialist advisors based across the country who cover everything from governance, marketing, community engagement, free resources and member-only events.

In this together

The most important thing to remember is that you don’t have to make a change on your own. Other groups have lots to share and are right behind you. There are over 700 Locality members across the country all helping people in their local area – and each other!

The Locality network connects community organisations through events, including the uplifting annual Locality Convention, and online communities. Face-to-face visits are encouraged to help you ‘look up and look out’ to identify new opportunities and solutions. There’s even opportunity for funding… read about local residents’ group All Saints Action Network from Bristol’s funded visit to Liverpool.

We hope you’re able to build on your Big Lunch experience and continue to unlock the power of your community. You can do it!