Locality ‘Keep it Local’ Award celebrates our partnerships in local places

Kirklees win national award
Kirklees Council are the winners of a national award from Locality for our innovative community engagement and working alongside our partners.

We’ve been awarded the ‘Keep it Local’ Award at the national Locality Awards 2021. The award, which the Democracy team are dedicating to our inspiring community organisations in local places across Kirklees, is in recognition of how the council and our partner organisations are working alongside each other to unlock the power of community.

What the award is for

The annual Locality Awards recognise and celebrate the incredible impact and innovation shown by local community organisations and councils across the country. The Keep it Local award – in partnership with Lloyds Bank Foundation – is for an outstanding council who are moving away from bureaucratic commissioning and are instead creating strong local partnerships.

One of the key examples celebrated with this award are our Place Partnerships. These are led by councillors who work with local people and organisations to find local solutions to some key issues, based on what the participants have learned or experienced. Place Partnerships have already invested £1m in local projects to improve people’s mental wellbeing and £400k in helping to tackle domestic abuse.

Cllr Cathy Scott, Deputy Leader of Kirklees Council and Cabinet member for Housing and Democracy said:
“For us, this award is recognition for all our amazing community partners in local places across Kirklees. We’re committed to building on the strengths and capacity of local communities and working alongside each other to create local solutions to issues which affect us all. It’s about putting our relationships first – all of us working as citizens who are connected in our local place. Kirklees Council are continuing to invest in projects and activities that are led by local citizens and organisations, so that whoever is best placed to do something is supported in that. We are incredibly proud to work alongside so many inspiring community partners in Kirklees.”

Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Locality said:
“Huge congratulations to Kirklees Council for winning the Keep it Local Award. At Locality, we passionately believe in the power of community to create a fairer, more equitable, more sustainable world. Kirklees Council are the embodiment of our vision. It is wonderful to see a council who put so much energy and thought into their community engagement – and who are so dedicated to including local people in decision making.”

Kirklees staff with locality award

Julie McDowell and Vina Randhawa from Kirklees Council collecting the award from Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Locality

Winners of the Locality Awards ‘21

Locality ‘Keep it Local’ campaign