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Localism and the Big Society

As a council the ethos of the Big Society and localism is not new to us. We have done, and continue to do a number of things to help empower our residents.

Ward budgets

Our ward budgets scheme helps to empower local organisations such as community groups and sports by providing them with funding for local projects. Each councillor receives funding to allocate to initiatives in their ward. This is used to help fund a wide range of work from skate parks to village days. To date, hundreds of initiatives have received money.

Big Society

Buckinghamshire Council and its partners are already involved in a number of activities in the Wycombe area that relate to the Big Society:

  • Arts4Every1 Centre (external website): with support from Buckinghamshire Council the former St John's Church on Desborough Road has been transformed in to a centre for the arts, creativity and enterprise
  • The Council in the community Facebook page. (external website): engagement with the local community and to share news of local activities and events
  • Wycombe Homeless Connection (external website): provides support and advice to homeless people offering advocacy, drop-in sessions and mentoring as well as practical housing support
  • Risborough community bus (external website): provides a 14 seat minibus for the elderly, poor or disabled and those who live in areas where there is no adequate transport provision


Our corporate plan sets out our priorities and plans for improvement to ensure that "Wycombe district is economically strong and the place to live, work and visit".