Community engagementWorking with local people and communities is key to creating a lasting legacy. The grassroots focus of the Trust's funding has enabled our projects to embed their activities in communities and gain strong support for their work. Accessibility and inclusionThis theme explores the impact our projects have had in making the activities and events we fund accessible to as many people as possible. Partnership and innovationOur projects work alongside a range of partners to bring activities to communities across the UK. This theme explores some of the lasting partnerships created by our projects and some of the innovative work that is being created.
ChairWelcome to our 2010/11 Annual Review. It is difficult not
to sound complacent by beginning each review with the declaration that it has been yet another successful year, but for an organisation with a short life span of five years, there is much to fit in to ensure our funding leaves the legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to which we are all committed. I believe that our recent activities have further cemented this legacy across the UK and that it genuinely has been a very successful year.In the past twelve months we have strengthened our relationship with The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) by becoming a Principal Funder of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, which ensures that all our projects are part of the official cultural celebrations of the Games. We have also seen delivery of over 100 projects across the UK, reaching
three million people. In January our Board of Trustees announced our final programme; Community Celebrations, which will create spectacular outdoor events across the UK. We have awarded £750,000 each to Community Celebrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland, the East Midlands and the South East. These celebrations will be part of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.For those sections of the press and for other commentators who have questioned the value of the Cultural Olympiad,
I would suggest that they look beyond London and allow their gaze to fall on the rest of the United Kingdom. They
will then see for themselves the many projects supported by the Trust which have been giving substance to the Cultural Olympiad over the last year and which will build up in activity as we approach 2012.As a riposte to the nay-sayers, I can confirm that our projects are continuing to deliver exciting programmes of activity while also putting in place plans for sustainability and legacy. This review focuses on their impact which is vital in ensuring that they can continue to benefit their communities after our funding has ended. The examples within these pages clearly demonstrate how this is already happening.Legacy Trust UK: Annual Review 2010/111