SO18 Big Local is now coming to the end of its 4th year (see our Year 4 to 6 Plan for more information). In the first three years, we worked with a range of organisations such as Frontline Debt Advice, Southampton Advice and Representation Centre (SARC), SVS Young Carers, Carers Together, Southampton Rape Crisis and Southampton Children’s Play Association (SCPA) to bring help, support and activities to local people.
We have helped provide IT equipment at Townhill Park Community Centre and we have opened the Harefield Hub on Melchet Road.
We have run two youth weeks, started the Speak Up SO18 youth forum, run Halloween events, Christmas events, a Wellbeing event and two Spring Community Days. We have held Clean Up days at local green spaces and have run Nature Hunts for local families.
We have awarded over £83k in Small Grants and supported residents through substantial changes to their neighbourhoods, such as the bus service changes in Harefield and the Estate Regeneration planning in Townhill Park.
We have made a short film outlining what Big Local is all about and summarising what we’ve done so far … click below to view:
To see what we have done most recently, see our Latest News page.