England & Wales

Community Collaboration: how councillors can enable resident-led solutions


Local Trust and LGiU are hosting a roundtable event to discuss how councillors can best help their community by encouraging local people and groups to take the lead on projects and issues that matter to them. 

Date: Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Time: Arrive at 12:00 for light lunch; discussion 12:30 – 14:45

Location: LGiU offices, 3rd Floor, 251 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9NG (map

RSVP: Please email [email protected]

Please note there is no cost to attend this event. A light lunch will be provided.

About the event

Devolving more power to local communities is a hot topic. Effective councils will have many mechanisms set up to inform, consult and involve local people in the business of the council. But empowering residents in ways that enables them to transform their lives and their communities means developing new approaches for enabling resident-led solutions.

The results can be as diverse as championing community-based health initiatives that residents are pioneering in your area, to supporting a community group’s application to establish a Community Land Trust.

This roundtable is an opportunity for forward-thinking councillors, who are looking for innovative new ways to support their residents, to share their experiences and find inspiration.

We will be asking:

  • How can councillors forge new and positive relationships with projects led by residents and community groups?
  • What types of collaboration strategies are the most effective? And what are the main barriers to successful partnerships?
  • How can councillors build community capacity and use their role to allow the council to make better use of community assets?
  • How can councillors work with the community on solutions to the big challenges facing local government?

It will be a chance for elected members to share their thoughts and hear from others in similar roles in different authorities.

About Local Trust

Local Trust creating lasting change Local Trust is a charity that enables residents and those they trust to create lasting change, supporting communities to ensure resident and community-led transformation of people and places. Local Trust runs the Big Local programme (funded by the Big Lottery Fund), an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to receive £1m and a range of support over 15 years to make a lasting positive difference to their communities. Big Local brings together all the local talent, ambition, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area and even better place to live.

Who should attend?
Councillors interested in community engagement