Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1m each to make a lasting and positive difference to their communities. The programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Local Trust. Local Trust supports residents and communities to create positive change.


Local Trust has an ongoing commitment to learning and evaluation and has commissioned Our Bigger Story as one way to learn about how community led change happens. Our Bigger Story is a multimedia evaluation of Big Local which aims to record positive change in Big Local areas and understand how those changes come about and how they can be sustained.

The evaluation aims to capture that change, and the learning involved, for individuals, families, Big Local partnerships and the wider community. It will do so by supporting local residents to develop a range of multi-media resources which follow Big Local journeys for up to ten years and by producing a series of films, written and other materials which illustrate progress towards Big Local outcomes. The evaluation ‘products’ will also be useful to a wider audience of practitioners and community activists, policy makers and funders.


Led by the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) at the University of Birmingham, the team will be working with 15 Big Local areas across England to record change as it happens – change in individuals and in Big Local communities as a whole.

They are supporting Big Local areas to record their experiences, through community research, blogs, photos, digital stories, films and other media. Together they are creating an on-line record of the activities that are making Big Local areas an even better place to live and making films about how Big Local is making a difference. Ultimately, Our Bigger Story will be a unique digital record of change in communities over a ten year period.


HBL has been selected as one of the 15 participating areas in Our Bigger Story, the multi-media evaluation of Big Local. From 150, 15 Local areas were selected to participation in the evaluation. ‘Our Bigger Story’ website is a part of the multi media evaluation of 15 Big Local areas in England. This site also offers the opportunity to highlight and look at what the other 15 Big Local areas are doing within their communities.

The website is an opportunity to follow what is changing in Hanwell as a result of Big Local over a ten year period. The aim of the website is to share the learning from everything that is happening in Hanwell with other Big Local areas and highlight what works in communities with a wider audience of practitioners and policy makers.

Visit the website below and follow our Hanwell Big Local’s digital journey!  Go to Location Click on Hanwell