Outcome: the local area will be a better place to live, work or visit

Outcome: the local area will be a better place to live, work or visit

What this outcome means

If your project is a success, people will see an improvement in their local area, and have opportunities to connect with it.

As a result of enhancing the heritage of the area - or from the opportunities you have provided for local people to get involved with, to visit and enjoy heritage - local people will report that they feel it makes the area a better place to live, work or visit.

There will be a feeling of greater pride in the local area and/or a stronger sense of community or belonging.

Visitors will find it easy to plan their trip and access information they might need ahead of time.

What we are looking for

Local people will recognise improvements in the local area, and report increased appreciation for their shared places and spaces.

Visitors to the local area/heritage will also tell you that it has improved as a direct result of your project and what they value about it.

Things to consider

  • Thriving places: Heritage can be at the heart of place-based projects, helping communities and places to thrive.
  • A shared vision: Look at local needs for heritage and involve communities in future plans by listening to people who live, work and visit an area.
  • Greening places: Make the best of and improve urban green spaces to bring people closer to nature.
  • Communal places: Think about places where people come together – parks, sea fronts, high streets, local museums and all the spaces in-between!
  • Transforming places in partnership: Transform a whole area through partnership projects that take an ambitious approach and focus on an entire historic street, town or landscape.
  • Better places to live, work and visit: By investing in places we can improve and connect people to heritage. Better places have an impact on the quality of people’s lives and enhance wellbeing.
  • Think local: ‘Local’ can mean different things in different places. Some areas have a distinct identity which can inspire people to support local heritage.
  • Every area has a story to tell: Projects that discover, promote and celebrate the uniqueness of the area can enhance character and a sense of place, and encourage local people to explore what’s there.
  • Connecting communities: Organisations that work together to improve their local area contribute to stronger, more resilient communities.
  • Liveable places: Investing in neglected areas and spaces will create a better working environment, attract local business and improve the local economy.

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