About The Grange Big Local area, East Finchley
The Grange Big Local area is in East Finchley in the London Borough of Barnet. Between 5,000 and 8,000 people live in the area. It encompasses the Grange, Font Hills and Thomas More estates and neighbouring areas.
The area, which includes numerous blocks of flats, is home to residents both renting and lease-holding. It is located close to the busy North Circular Road and is separated from the larger Strawberry Vale Estate by the High Road.
Tarling Road Community Centre and the Newstead Children’s Centre are located at the heart of the Grange Big Local area, which includes a handful of green spaces. Bishop Douglass School, which is located near to the Thomas More Estate, has the largest of the green spaces in the area.
What is Big Local?
Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1m to make a positive difference to their communities. It’s about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills, and energy from individual residents, groups, and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.
Big Local is being run by Local Trust, which is working with £200m from the Big Lottery Fund and a range of partners providing expert advice and support for residents.
The four programme outcomes for Big Local are:
1) Communities will be better able to identify local needs and take action in response to them.
2) People will have increased skills and confidence, so that they continue to identify and respond to needs in the future.
3) The community will make a difference to the needs it prioritises.
4) People will feel that their area is an even better place to live.
What it's not about?
It’s NOT about your local authority, the government or a national organisation telling you what to do.
It’s NOT about individual groups fixing their favourite problem without talking to a wide range of different people who live and work in the community.
It’s NOT about short-term thinking – you’ve got 10 years or more to plan and deliver the best options for your area.