About Us

Bountagu is a resident-led community development initiative with the ambition to support and improve our community, and “leave a legacy of beauty, hope and aspiration for the future”.

Bountagu Big Local

Bountagu was created by local residents in 2013 as part of the Big Local initiative; one of 150 neighbourhoods awarded £1 million over ten years, funded by the Big Lottery Fund (now The National Lottery Community Fund) and managed by Local Trust.

Initially, we were known as “Bounces-Montagu Big Local” but early in the project, local residents created our name by joining together the names of two main roads running through the area; Bounces Road and Montagu Road. Hence “Bountagu”!

The Bountagu Area

The Bountagu area includes about 2,100 households and 5-6,000 local people, and is one of 150 Big local areas in England. It covers around one-third of the Lower Edmonton ward in the London Borough of Enfield. All of our addresses are in the N9 postal area (though not all N9 addresses are in Bountagu).

The aim of Big Local is to empower local communities to transform and improve their lives and the places they live, so if you live, work, or are invested inside our borders, you’re already part of Bountagu.

More at www.bountagu.com/map.

Bountagu Big Local Partnership

Decisions and activities are led by our Partnership Board and subgroup teams, formed of local volunteers passionate about helping local people work together to make a positive and lasting difference to our area.

They lead on the strategic direction, and on plans to achieve sustainability and to leave a legacy for the community. They also form part of our subgroups and project teams, helping to make things happen for our community.

Our Premises

During our first few years, we turned an empty betting shop on Bounces Road into a new Community Hub, from where we organised and ran our activities. We have moved from there but are proud of its continued community use.

Since November 2018, Bountagu has been operating from a serviced office space on Claverings Estate which also provides additional meeting space for full Partnership and working group meetings. We have used this space for our own activities, as well as to support other local groups.

Key Partnerships

CVS for Broxbourne and East Herts

The structure of the nationwide Big Local projects rely on a close partnership with an experienced ‘Locally Trusted Organisation’.

Since 2018, Bountagu’s LTO has been a charity called CVSBEH; an infrastructure organisation providing support to volunteers, groups, enterprises and charities that are working to strengthen communities.

They have an office nearby in Waltham Cross, and a dedicated team of staff and volunteers we can call upon for support.

Local Trust

Local Trust was established in 2012 and work with a range of partners to deliver the Big Local project, building on the skills and experiences of others to provide expert advice and support for residents.

  • Supporting Big Local partnerships to achieve their ambitions
  • Delivering and commissioning great research, evaluation, analysis and storytelling from Big Local, and using this to influence and inform policy and practice nationally and locally
  • Developing new ways to achieve a transformation in the way policy makers, funders and others engage with communities and place

Big Local

Big Local is a National Lottery Community Fund-funded programme which committed £1 million each to 150 neighbourhoods across England.

The £217m originally provided to support this programme is the largest single-purpose Lottery-funded endowment ever made, and the biggest ever investment by a non-state funder in place-based, resident-led change.

In terms of scale, time horizon and ethos, nothing like Big Local has ever existed. Designed from the outset to be radically different from other funding programmes, at the heart of Big Local is a vision of empowered, resilient, dynamic, asset-rich communities making their own decisions on what is best for their area.

Our Bigger Story

Bountagu is one of the 15 Big Local areas taking part in the Multimedia Evaluation Project ‘Our Bigger Story’ supported by TSRC at Birmingham University, and part of a long term evaluation of Big Local, from 2015 to 2026.

More at Local Trust and Our Bigger Story.

UnLtd – The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs

UnLtd is a charitable organisation set up by seven organisations that promote social entrepreneurship, and is the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in and around the UK.

Bountagu has partnered with UnLtd since 2014, to encourage and nurture businesses with a social aim in and close to our area, and were awarded ‘intense enterprise status’. Through 2018-20, we match-funded a 3-way project with UnLtd and Local Trust to support individual social entrepreneurs with cash awards, networking and mentorship, helping around 20 new and fledgling local social businesses.

To find out more about Bountagu Big Local, contact us through the website, by emailing info@bountagu.com or calling 020 8807 5827.For more on the Big Local visit Local Trust.