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Thursday 24th August

Milton Avenue Green Space Events

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT), in partnership with Podsmead Big Local, will launch a new community project, to transform the Milton Avenue Open Space at a public event on Thursday April 13th, 2017. The project aims to make the site an accessible, safe and inviting green space for people and wildlife.

In addition to the benefits for people, they hope to see a rise in the variety of birds, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles by working on wildflower areas, the pond, grassland and woodland.

Ven y aprende Español

Local resident Alicia Cabellero has received a Podsmead Big Local grant to start Spanish conversation sessions at THE HUB in Scott Avenue.

Working together for a brighter future for Podsmead!

Keep in touch on Facebook to find out about upcoming events and activities

About Podsmead Big Local

What is Podsmead Big Local?

Podsmead Big Local is about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make our area an even better place to live.

We all want to help make Podsmead a thriving and sustainable community which is:

  • Engaged: a connected and spirited community with a welcoming, friendly and vibrant atmosphere
  • Enterprising: a hub of opportunity for employment, with people who are highly skilled and able to reach their potential
  • Energised: healthy, active and confident

With support from the national Local Trust charity, Podsmead Big Local received £1million from the BIG Lottery Fund in 2013 to make a massive and lasting positive difference to our community over the next 10 years.

We are one of just 150 areas in England to receive money from this fund and we had to work very hard to get it! However, we don't get all the money at once – we have to apply for the money we need to support the projects local people want.

What the Money Will Help Us Do

  1. Identify what local people want and need to make their lives better and take action to make it happen – see what we have done so far
  2. Increase our skills and confidence as a community to be able to identify and respond to local needs in the future
  3. Make a real difference to the area so people will feel that Podsmead is an even better place to live

First Steps 2014-15

After talking to lots of local people and organisations, through a series of local consultation events including fun days or activities which brought lots of Podsmead people together, the Podsmead Big Local volunteer panel of local residents and people who work in the ward, decided to invest over £300,000 in local organisations and ventures, spread over the next three years.

Based on residents' ideas, the Panel identified four important themes that would make a lasting difference:

  1. Community Funding, Enterprise and Skills Development
  2. Health, Well-being and Environment
  3. Community Activities and Development
  4. Entertainment

The projects chosen are all ones suggested by the local community and they are very diverse. They include:

  • An ambitious plan to ensure affordable High Speed Internet Access is available to all who want it in the ward
  • Promoting health and fitness throughout the ward including helping the many sports groups improve their facilities
  • Better use of green space for health and entertainment
  • A Small Grants scheme to stimulate local ideas and community involvement
  • Attracting a pharmacy into the area
  • Additional support for both older people and young people
  • Support for the local Community Association

Projects funded to dateProjects funded to date.

Who Are We? The Podsmead Big Local Team

Panel Members

Garry Slatter Podsmead Big Local Panel Member

Is a resident of Podsmead and has been a member of the panel for 2-3 years.





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Josie Betton Podsmead Big Local Panel Member

Is a resident of Podsmead and looks after the café in Scott Avenue. She joined the panel in April 2015.

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Mark Gale Podsmead Big Local Panel Member

Is a former UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year now the Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, the charity that initiated the Gloucester Services project on the M5 for the benefit of residents in Podsmead and other nearby communities. Has been a panel member for 2-3 years.

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Marcus Ridley Podsmead Big Local Panel Member

Is a resident of Podsmead and has been a panel member from the beginning of the project.

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Is a resident of Podsmead and has been a panel member from the beginning of the project.

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Gerry Hartin Podsmead Big Local Panel Member

I have been a resident of Podsmead for 30 years and am involved in various activities in the area i.e. school governor, secretary of Winget Bowls Club, treasurer of a local netball team (as well as PBL treasurer) and trying to set up a choir in the area. We have a great deal of sport in Podsmead which interests me because I feel it is a great social thing as well as having the fitness aspect.

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Isobel Edwards Podsmead Big Local Panel Member

I grew up in Podsmead and after several years of living in different parts of the City I have recently moved back. I also work for Gloucester City Council in Neighbourhood Services where I match local people in to volunteering opportunities and seed fund small community projects, some of which are being successfully run by Podsmead residents. As someone who lives and works in the area and has a keen interest in ideas and projects that bring people together, I am excited to be part of the Podsmead Big Local Panel and hope that my skills and knowledge from my job combined with my positive experience of growing up in the area can be put to good use!

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Sue Cunningham (Chair)
Sue Cunningham Podsmead Big Local Panel Member

Sue has been a resident of Podsmead for over 20 years and has worked in the area for over 17 years within local Charities. She now works for GL Communities and as part of this takes an active role in the support of residents in Podsmead. Being on the panel of Podsmead Big Local gives her further opportunity to help residents by supporting and helping to deliver what they require from this project.

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Support Workers

Richard Noonan 


I'm Richard Noonan your PBL worker based at The Hub in Scott Avenue. I've gained a lot of experience working with local communities in the South West for twenty years and I'm delighted to be involved in such an exciting project as PBL. I'm looking forward to meeting as many local people as possible and hearing your ideas for your community. Part of my job is to promote what's happening in Podsmead, so if you have an idea you would like to develop but don't know where to start we can help. Whether it's putting you in touch with other local people who may like to join in with you to help make it happen, or offering some support and advice, pop into The Hub for a cup of tea and a chat.



Contact Podsmead Big Local

Minutes of Meetings

Podsmead Big Local Information

Podsmead 'Big Local' Important Documents

Podsmead 2023 Big Local Plan and report October 2014

Podsmead Community Profile 2013

Podsmead Ward Profile


Who manages Podsmead Big Local?

There is a committee of volunteers, a minimum of 51% of whom must be Podsmead residents.

We have a representative from the Local Trust and a representative from our Local Trusted Organisation who are authorised by the Local Trust to hold funds on our behalf. Our Local Trusted Organisation is Gloucester Credit Union.

How do I become a Committee member?

Get in touch either via email or pop into the hub, or if you already know a committee member, then speak to them.

There is a formal election process at our Annual General Meeting held each February, but new committee members are welcome any time.

When are Committee Meetings held and when is the AGM?

Committee meetings are held monthly in Podsmead and our AGM is held in February.

Specific dates will be published on the website calendar and on our Facebook page and Twitter.

What controls do you have in place to ensure sound governance?

We have a Memorandum of Understanding agreed by the Committee and endorsed by the Local Trust.

We have a Memorandum of Understanding agreed with our Local Trusted Organisation and endorsed by the Local Trust.

All matters concerning Confidentiality and Declarations of Interest are minuted at the relevant committee meeting.

The Grant Application decision making process, which ensures that the community determines which applications are approved, has been endorsed by the Local Trust as addressing any questions arising relating to Conflict of Interest.

Successful applicants are obliged to sign a declaration prior to release of funds.

No grants can be paid to individuals and all grant payments are made by bank transfer with the associated audit trail.

Local Trust Government Information

More information about how funding is managed nationally is available from the Local Trust.

How do we make sure we follow the Local Trust rules?

Big Local are not permitted to fund anything directly related to the sale of alcohol , anything religious or political or to pay for anything which is a statutory obligation – i.e., something set out by law which the government already funds. Nevertheless questions regarding applications for support in these areas do come in and we are obliged to complete due diligence on such questions and we do our best to signpost to other organisations.

In October 2015 guidance was sought from the Government (via Mr R Buckland QC MP) and the Local Trust regarding upgrades to community facilities for the sole purpose of supporting Early Years provision. It was confirmed that Early Years is a statutory obligation and as such the Big Local would be unable to support any application for the sole purpose of servicing the needs of Early Years.


The Podsmead Big Local Panel of local residents and people who work in the Ward, meet regularly. These meetings are not usually open to the public, but any local resident interested in joining the Panel is welcome to attend a meeting to see how things work. To find out more, please contact any Panel member.

Map of Podsmead

Map coming soon.