Big Local lets local residents decide how they want to spend £1 million.

This website will tell you about Big Local, the area and the plans of the resident-led partnership which manages the spending programme.

Small Grants Scheme 2019-20  Now open!

Round 1 of the current scheme is now open.  Clink on the link below to visit the Small Grant page, where you can down load and application form and scheme guidance.  The deadline is 9.00 am on Monday 24th June.


Newsletter 2 - June 2019

The second edition of our newsletter has just been published.  It's written by our chair, Richard Street, and talks about projects that have recently been approved for funding by the Resident Led Partnership and will be delivering services in North East Hastings.  You can download the newsletter at the bottom of this page.

 ​Job Vacancy with Sensory Soft Play

Please contact Sensory Soft Play using the email below if you have any questions.

Summer Holiday Play Scheme Worker

Pay: £8.50 per hour, team leader £10.50 per hour

Would you like to work for an inspiring charity to make a real difference to the lives of children and their families locally with special education needs?

Sensory Soft Play is a new local charity helping local families with children who have special education and sensory needs.  We provide multi-sensory sessions for children and their parent/carers.

Funded by Hastings Opportunity Area we are offering a two week summer holiday club at The Bridge for children with special educational needs.

As a Play Worker, you will be working directly with children who have special education needs.  This is an opportunity to develop your skills in a rewarding role, and gain a strong sense of achievement.

Summer Holidays can be very challenging and a difficult time for parents and children with special education needs.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people with enthusiasm for play and people wanting to grow with the charity.

We require workers who are able to work flexibly and to be available on the following dates: 30 July to 2 Aug 2019, 27-30 Aug 2019

If you are interested in applying please email info@sensoftplay.co.uk in the first instance for a job specification and application form.

Closing date: 26 June 2019


www.sensoftplay.co.uk  Charity No 1183273  Facebook page @sensory soft play


Facebook and Twitter

Big Local has a Facebook page which is regularly updated with news of our funded activities, events taking place locally, and lots of of other things of interest to people living in and around Ore.  Please visit the page and give us a "like"! 


We have recently reactivated our Twitter account, BigLocalNEHastings, @BigLocalHasting.  Follow us to find out what's going on.

Come and join us!

We are seeking more residents to join the Big Local Resident Led Partnership.  You don’t need any special experience but you should live in the Big Local area and care about what happens to it and the people living in it.  The partnership is a small, friendly group who are all keen to see improvements in the area.  Joining the partnership means attending a monthly meeting (held in the early evening and in the Big Local area) and together with other residents overseeing the delivery of our new action plan.  There are opportunities to get involved with other activities, if you are interested.

For more information contact Jan Papworth, our Community Development Worker on 01424 444010

The new Big Local plan for 2017-20 was endorsed by our funder Local Trust on 12th May 2017

The plan was created by the resident led partnership following a community consultation conducted by a local consortium led by Nick Wates Associates.

Click here to view the new plan and the consultation document. http://www.biglocalnortheasthastings.org.uk/node/58

Expenses for volunteers

Our expenses policy and claim form is available by clicking here.

Local Trust

Big Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Local Trust.  Catch up here with the latest Local Trust news, including what’s happening in 150 Big Local areas across England by clicking here.


Human Fruit Machine Fun Day 2018