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Dover Big Local's Hub launch day

Dover Big Local Hub launch

Although the DBL hub has been open for a few weeks, we wanted to celebrate. On 17th February, local families enjoyed free facepainting, information on planting for bees, crafts and displays by partner organisations as well as a chance to chat about their ideas for Dover. Our formal opening was confirmed by the cutting of a ribbon by Jim Parmenter Dover Athletic Club Chairman and some of the junior team.

learning to grow plants to attract bees at the DLB Hub launchThe hub is already busy with workshops, meetings and community events including events for young families, craft workshops and advice sessions. Do you want to run a community event or workshop and need a venue? It could be a coffee morning for young parents, a bring & buy sale, a youth bike-maintenance project, a tea dance for over 60s, an art and craft group …the possibilities are endless, or maybe you would like to know more about how to get funding to run a project in the Big Local area? You can now drop into the hub for a coffee and a chat with Trevor or Linda to see what we can achieve together. Volunteers are also most welcome to help us staff the hub, or to become Partners in Dover Big Local and help to shape what we do next - do pop in to see us! The hub is open from 9am - 4pm Monday to Friday and some Saturdays, subject to avaiability of staff.

Showcasing Art at the Hub

Local artists can now show their work at Dover Big Local's Hub in the Charlton Centre. Sam Capell, from DBL Art 31, is managing the art displays. The first private view was a great success and work by Dianna Harrison can be seen until 4th April, followed by a monthly changing show of arts and craft work by local people and groups. If you would like to display work at the hub contact Sam at . Art 31 are a subgroup of Dover Big Local with a focus on the arts and welcome new members who have an interest or are practicing artists, musicians and performers to join in with projects and mutual support for arts events in Dover. Contact Clare Smith at for further information.

Dover Big Local's Tourism Research Project

A contract has been awarded to Tourism Works, a NE Kent based firm, to carry out research, the output from which will form the Terms of Reference for an individual, group of individuals or an organisation to manage and coordinate the tourism sector in Dover. That research is now ongoing and it is intended that everyone who is involved in, or is impacted by tourism will get an opportunity to provide a point of view. This will be achieved either by face to face interview, questionnaire or workshop activity. Anyone who wishes to provide input and has not been contacted through any of the other methods may do so by contacting Tourism Works directly at We particularly need to know the extent of what is already on offer in Dover and how organisations already work together plus how they see things working in the future. Where can things be improved? What new initiatives would be valuable? Please get in touch.

Bluebirds Trail Update

Work will soon begin on The Dover Society's Lottery-funded Dover Bluebird Heritage Trail. The self-guided trail, marked by bronze pavement markers and supported by a free guide booklet, website and app, will highlight Dover’s many heritage assets. A new Community Engagement Worker has been appointed and will involve local individuals, schools and businesses in the creation, understanding and promotion of the trail as well as setting up volunteer ‘test teams’ and working with them to test the project’s outputs. The trail project is expected to be completed by September 2016. Look out for news of workshops and events as the project develops.

Big Local Needs YOU!

Dover Big Local is bringing exciting new projects and improvement to existing initiatives to Dover. It's YOUR town so now is the time to get involved! By becoming a Dover Big Local Partner, either as an individual or as an organisation, you can contribute to Dover Big Local's plans. Our committee is formed from Partners who stand for election, so Partners have a very important role in decision making on behalf of DBL and the wider community DBLs's funding was given for. If you do not want to be a Partner but have an idea for a project or just want to keep up to date with how Dover Big Local is progressing, we also need you. From highlighting local issues to offering a few hours help everyone's contribution is important, so visit the Getting Involved page to see where you can make your mark on Dover's future.

Can Dover Big Local Fund my Project?

Dover Big Local has a large grant and Community Chest fund. Projects must help to deliver the aims of Dover Big Local's ten year Plan. Find out more here....

Latest News

Easter family fun at the Hub

Bring the family along to the DBL Hub for FREE Easter activities and courses throughout the Easter school holidays, including music workshops, crafts, facepainting and boat making! Find out more on our events page and be sure to book soon as places are limited.

DBL Apprenticeships

Dover Big Local are taking on apprentices who will be based at the hub and gain qualifications as well as learn valuable skills from DBL and Red Zebra staff. Applicants are currently being shortlisted and the successful candidates will join the DBL team very soon.

Next Big Local Meeting

Your ideas are important to Dover Big Local. Come and join us at the next Dover Big Local meeting. There will be presentations on ongoing projects and a chance to share your ideas.Open meetings will be held from 7pm on Wednesdays 16th March, 20th April, 18th May and 15th Jun: venue Dover Big Local Hub at the Charlton Centre, High Street, Dover. Access via the front doors of the building at 7pm.
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Executive Committee meetings will be held on 9th March, 13th April, 11th May and 8th June. Venue - DBL Hub If you have matters you would like considered please email:

Focus Groups

Focus Groups meet to turn people's ideas into action for Dover. Already the focus groups have created the Plan for Dover Big Local with budgets and aims, but now is a great time to join a group to help to make projects happen and add your ideas for the future.
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Read the DBL Plan

Take a look at the Plan document drawn up by our focus groups from Dover people'as ideas for the town. Can you or your group offer activities, workshops or events that fit in with one of the aims - if you can you may be able to apply for funding for your project.

Download the DBL Plan Document

Our Community Worker

Dover Big Local's Community Worker Linda Aldred helps Dover Big Local link up with other organisations to make things happen in our community. She can come to schools, community groups and meet individual residents to see how Big Local can help you.

Contact Linda at:


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