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Speak up Preston

This project is part of the Neighbourhood Challenge, a programme from NESTA, working with the Big Lottery Fund, to support community-led innovation. It aims to show how community organisations – when equipped with the right skills, practical tools and small, catalytic amounts of money – can galvanise people to work together to create innovative responses to local priorities, particularly in neighbourhoods with low levels of social capital.

Through supporting community and citizen journalism, a range of themes are identified and developed from within the communities themselves. These stories are used to inspire small seed projects from the communities covered by the media reports, in this case the Deepdale, Ribbleton and St Matthew’s areas of Preston.


  • Around 25 community reporters trained throughout the East Preston Area

  • Continued and strengthening relationships between all project partners

Public Outputs

Project Staff

Paul Egglestone- Project Lead

John Mills

Collaborators and Partners

Prescap/Preston FM

Community Service Volunteers (CSV)

Blog Preston



Further information

NESTA project feature