What is Wembley Futures Big Local
Wembley Futures is a charity established in 2016, which is funded by the Big Lottery which aims to bring together local talent, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations to make their area a better place to live and work in. There are currently 150 Big Local projects across the UK each receiving a £1million to spend on improving their community over the next 10 years.
How is the project organised?
It is run by a Partnership of local residents’ who make decisions about how to spend £1million of Lottery funding. A profile of the area was created, by interviewing, talking to residents and conducting surveys, to find out what they liked or didn’t like about the area so a Community plan could be established based on the real needs of the community, to make improvements to the community and environment where they live, and what local Residents’ would like to see happen.
What does the project look like in Wembley Central
After a lot of consultation, residents decided to focus our Community Plan on 4 key areas:
- Quality of Life
- Community and Environment
- Health and Wellbeing
- Education, Training, Jobs, Enterprise and Support
We have a strong and committed Partnership Board made up of local residents and others who work or socialise in Wembley Central and we also have an employed staff team of 2 .
Although our consultation stage was hugely informative and enabled residents to make an initial plan, we have discovered through delivery of that plan over the first two years, that there is greater need for flexibility.
What does this project mean for me?
Well, if you live, work or play in this community then this project is here for you; to hear your ideas, give you the opportunity to shape your community for the better, offer support, guidance and the financial backing to get great ideas off the ground, provide volunteering opportunities for you to learn new skills and make new friends and so much more. This project really is led and shaped by local people for the benefit of the local community. You can be at the heart of it in terms of leading the project forward or you can enjoy the benefits by attending events and activities and training sessions we hold in and around Wembley Central.