What is the Heath Big Local?

Local Trust is funded by the National Lottery, and its mission is to enable people to make their communities better places to live. On 10th December 2012 the Heath area of Uttoxeter was designated a Big Local area by Local Trust.

The Heath area is one of 150 communities around the UK where residents have been given the exciting opportunity to use £1 million to make a lasting and positive difference to their communities.

In a nutshell, a vision of the Heath area will be shaped and agreed by people who live here, and a plan will be formed that must invest at least £1 million of National Lottery funding in making a lasting change in the things that matter to local people.

If you live in the Heath area, this means you – so get in touch and get involved!

The Heath Big Local Area

The Heath Big Local is managed by a group of local residents and organisations, which was formally constituted as the Heath Big Local Partnership in October 2013.

There are specific rules laid down by the Local Trust about how the Partnership should be structured. The Partnership must meet the following membership criteria:

  • There must be at least eight members.
  • At least 51% of members must be individuals who normally live within The Heath Big Local’s boundaries.
  • A majority (at least 51%) of members are involved in their own right, and not formally representing the interests of other organisations.
  • The Partnership consists of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary with other officers.
  • The first members of the Partnership will be nominated by the Steering Group with nominations also invited from residents, and will be subject to approval at the Launch event. In subsequent years members of the Partnership will be appointed by the Annual Residents’ Meeting.

The Partnership

To comply with these requirements, the Steering Group nominated a list of people, and elections took place at the launch event. The Partnership currently comprises the following:


Chair: Mary Dodgson

As well as being elected chair of the Heath Big Local, Mary is also a school governor at St Mary’s School in Uttoxeter. She also runs the InsideOuters youth group and organises the cookery and craft at a holiday play scheme. She also helps at other groups including Rainbows and a local toddler group.

Mary is interested in the environment, is treasurer of the Uttoxeter Fairtrade steering group, and vice-chair of the Heath Community Centre. She also helped to set up ‘Soup4Starters’ and ‘Food for Thought’.

Mary is now retired and believes her greatest achievements are her three children and two grandsons. Since 1978, she has worked with other people’s children in various support roles, including in schools and youth groups.

Mary enjoys volunteering, believing it makes a difference to our community. She first heard about the Heath Big Local in 2012 and has been glad to support other partnership members in making positive changes in the Heath. She thinks the Big Local is a wonderful opportunity to make positive changes.

Nathan Cooper

Nathan is the Community Youth Worker for both the Heath area and the wider Uttoxeter region, funded by Heath big Local and employed by Renew Church.

Nathan has had a passion for youth work since he was a teenager and has now been the community youth worker for over 2 years. Nathan reaches in excess of 100 young people from Uttoxeter every week through the various activities he runs, with his dedicated team of volunteers, including youth clubs, football clubs and varied schools work.

Nathan has been an official member of Heath big local since early 2017 and regularly brings reports about his work in the community.

Voting Members

Rev. Margaret Sherwin

Rev. Margaret Sherwin is Rector of St Marys Church, Uttoxeter and St Mary on the Heath Mission Church. I am also the Area Rector for the Uttoxeter Area of Parishes.

As a local vicar she is interested in supporting the needs of local people. Margaret is involved in local schools at a Trustee of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust Multi Academy Trust and other local schools governing bodies, and is a regular visitor to Windsor Park Middle School. She has young people high on her agenda.

Before she moved to Uttoxeter in 2016, Margaret was successful in applying for and being granted a £1.2million grant from the Church Commissioners for a project in the north west called ‘Transforming Wigan’.

Rev. Sherwin is a resident of the Heath and brings many years of committee experience, working with various types of people and situations

Rupert Hill

Rupert has a keen and active interest in helping his local community. He is a founder-member of the Knights for Uttoxeter, formed in 2012, a group whose aim is to raise funds and provide practical help for the benefit of local charitable organisation and good causes, all within a three mile radius of Uttoxeter town centre.

He is also  involved with Uttoxeter Community Networking Forum and the 50Plus Forum, and has been a member of Uttoxeter Neighbourhood Watch.

Working with a wide range of people in the community helps Rupert be aware of local need and if possible make a change.

When he first learned that Heath Ward had won the Big Local funding, Rupert was amongst the first group of people, as a Heath Big Local rep, to get a group of residents together to spend the money.

Non-Voting Member

Dawn Maddin

The Heath Big Local area contains a high concentration of Trent & Dove properties. Dawn is the Community Engagement Manager at Trent & Dove Housing, a role that enables her to work with community groups to encourage community participation while facilitating and developing projects that meet community need and interest.

She has facilitate a community project which was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2016.

Outside of work, Dawn’s interests include travelling, walking her dog and spending time with her family. She has also overcome a fear of water, to become a paid, qualified scuba diver.

Sara Botham

Sara Botham is the Neighbourhood Coordinator at East Staffordshire Borough Council, and works with local community groups and organisations to deliver projects in their area.

Since The Heath was announced as a Big Local area in 2012, she has worked to support delivery of Heath Big Local, offering support and guidance to the Partnership and a link to East Staffordshire Borough Council where needed to assist with the delivery of projects.

As a non-resident member of the Partnership, Sara doesn’t have voting rights at meetings and so continues to act in an advisory capacity.

The Partners have all signed up to a Code of Practice document. If you’d like to read this document, click here.


The Heath Big Local funds come ultimately from the Big Lottery Fund part of the National Lottery, via the Local Trust.

Local Trust is a non-profit company operated by a charity called Big Local Trust. Local Trust’s company registration number is 783336, and its registered charity number is 1147511. Big Local Trust’s charity number is 1147511.

Affiliated Organisations

As well as the individual members, the Partnership also includes representatives from local organisations who have a stake in community activities in the area:

  • East Staffordshire Borough Council


The following organisations have expressed their support for Heath Big Local, and we hope to involve them in our activities:

  • 50 Plus Forum
  • Burton Albion Community Trust
  • Burton Youth for Christ
  • Churches Together
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Creative Technology (MicroDesign) Ltd
  • Derbyshire Dales Careline
  • East Staffordshire Borough Council
  • East Staffordshire Community Voluntary Service
  • Friends of Bramshall Road Park
  • MY Theatre Group
  • Oldfields Hall Middle School
  • Staffordshire County Council – Detached Targeted Youth Scheme
  • St Mary’s C of E (A) First School
  • Thomas Alleynes High School
  • Trent and Dove Housing
  • Tynsel Parkes C of E (VC) First School
  • Uttoxeter Business Forum
  • Uttoxeter Community Church
  • Uttoxeter Knights
  • Uttoxeter Library
  • Uttoxeter Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Prevention Panel
  • Uttoxeter Town Council
  • Uttoxeter Town Football Club
  • Youth Drop-In Centre

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