Project members involved with the Local Conversation in Penparcau, supported by Penparcau Community Forum
Project members involved with the Local Conversation in Penparcau, supported by Penparcau Community Forum

People’s Health Trust is committed to being a local people-led funder. This means we wish to engage with local communities over the longer term, so that they can determine how and when the money is best spent within their local area to make it an even better place to grow, live, work and age.

Local Conversations is a flexible funding model which is led by what local people want. Most Local Conversations have been running for seven or eight years. The programme is not open for applications.

Local people know their local communities best. They know:

  • what the community does well
  • what is needed to make things even better
  • where and when it is needed
  • how to make change happen in their communities.

We believe that communities coming together and having genuine control over how, where and when money is committed is one important way to distribute funds. It places local people at the heart of local plans, rather than local people having to fit into a funder’s plans.

We currently fund 13 Local Conversations across England, Scotland and Wales. To participate in the Local Conversations programme, applicant neighbourhoods needed to:

  • have a defined population of around 4,000 people
  • fall within the 0-30% range of English, Scottish or Welsh Indices of Multiple Deprivation
  • have a local community organisation which is:
  • known by local residents;
  • understands the concepts of collective control leading to reduced health inequalities;
  • has the ability to bring people together to create stronger links and ties Trust’s to addressing health inequalities;
  • has the skills and capacity to lead the Local Conversation.