Whitley Bay

Whitley Bay

Welcome to the Whitley Bay 'Our Bigger Story' website. This is part of the multi media evaluation of 15 Big Local areas in England. The website is an opportunity to follow what is changing in Whitley Bay 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 Whitley Bay with other Big Local areas and highlight what works in communities with a wider audience of practitioners and policy makers

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  • WBBL mentioned in House of Lords debate on Seaside Towns
    July 2, 2019      Photo
    Lord Lennie of Longsands was a recent visitor to Whitley Bay Big Local. He met our Chair, Big Local Rep and 2 workers to discuss the role of Big Local in helping improve the town for residents and visitors ahead of this discussion on The Future of Seaside Towns. Use the link below and scroll to "8:04 pm" - unless you prefer to read the whole thing. https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2019-07-01/debates/126DE39B-1B97-4F0B-BBE5-FCA096286A03/FutureOfSeasideTowns
  • Voices of Big Local - Community space and housing
    June 20, 2019      Photo
    This short film was produced and directed by Suzanne Halliwell, from Whitley Bay Big Local, about her Big Local’s journey to secure a community space and provide affordable housing. Suzanne’s story was made with Hamlett Films. Here is a link to the film: https://youtu.be/iKY2cIJo9F4
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    WBBL 3 Year Plan 2019-2022
    June 13, 2019      Text
    Whitley Bay Big Local has a new 3 year plan for the period 2019-2022. The draft plan was developed following a range of community consultation events and methods - referenced in the plan document. We underwent a review with a representative of Local Trust and received some very positive feedback. Themes - we will continue to focus on 'environment' and 'people' themes but also have a new piece of work that focuses on 'Investing in a Community Building'. More on that in another post soon...
  • Small Sparks: Small grants, big possibilities.
    March 28, 2019      Film
    Whitley Bay has been running a small grants programme for many years. it is open to individuals with ideas and passions who can apply for up to £250. In this film, residents talk about how projects have grown and the impact on the whole community.