New leadership team for charity

Chairman Colin Golland and vice chairman Karen Green of Big Worle.

Colin Golland and Karen Green of Big Worle. - Credit: Big Worle

A charity has announced a new leadership team.

Big Worle, based at its hub in Preanes Green, has announced it has elected a new leadership team to oversee and help running it.

Chairman Colin Golland is looking forward to working alongside newly elected vice-chairman Karen Green.

Both live in the area and Big Worle would welcome any ideas from people as it is interested in hearing the changes people want for their community. 

Colin said: "These are exciting times for Big Worle with some new projects about to commence in the near future.

"I am pleased to become resident chairman of the project having had experience of being on a governing board for a local school and being local to the area myself,  I have a particular interest in improving the area.

"I would like to encourage businesses in the area to let us know how we support them during what I know is a tough time for everyone.

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"Big Worle offers a great opportunity for local residents to get involved and help shape the area for the future.”

In 2012, the Big Worle Project was awarded funding from the Big Local Programme, supported by a Big Lottery Fund investment and managed by Local Trust.

Big Local is helping 150 small urban and rural communities across England to make their areas even better places to live.

Each Big Local area has received at least £1.1million of Lottery funding to spend over the period 2025/26, enabling people to identify priorities that matter to them and take positive action to improve their communities.

The Big Local area known as Big Worle has 3,815 residents.

In the past, Big Worle has carried out a number of projects in the area and is planning more for the coming years including a Big Worle YouTube TV Channel and a proposed community garden.

It gained charity status in 2012 and before the coronavirus pandemic it ran weekly group sessions including a community café, a running club and a fortnightly Citizens Advice Bureau drop-in.

People living in the Worle Big Local area of Preanes Green and the Becket Road area of North Worle, can become involved in the project by email or find it on Facebook by searching Big Worle.

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