The Brief

Twin Towns UK is a domestic twinning scheme, which takes a fresh approach to the well-established ‘twinning’ concept by pairing towns across the UK with similar characteristics or socio-economic challenges, to consider how to make positive change happen in their communities.

Between February and September 2017, Twin Towns UK supported 10 towns to complete exchange visits and discuss common issues experienced in both towns.  The 10 towns were:

  • Broughshane in Northern Ireland & Wooler in England
  • Newbiggin-by-the-Sea in England & Withernsea in England
  • Whitburn in Scotland & Oswaldtwistle in England
  • Fishguard and Goodwick in Wales and Berwick-upon-Tweed in England
  • Merthyr Tydfil in Wales and North Shields in England

In September 2017, 3 twinning partnerships continued to Phase 2 of project delivery, and are working together to deliver jointly developed projects which tackle shared priorities in their towns, supported by the knowledge and experience of their twins.  The 3 partnerships are:

  • Broughshane in Northern Ireland & Wooler in England
  • Whitburn in Scotland & Oswaldtwistle in England
  • Merthyr Tydfil in Wales and North Shields in England

Organisations leading the partnerships represent their towns in some capacity, know the challenges their town is facing and want to find solutions through collaboration. Organisations include a Community Development Trust, a Business Improvement District, and a Chamber of Commerce.

With Carnegie UK support, twinned towns will work together to identify solutions to their common challenges, exchange ideas, receive joint support, and receive support to access to additional small ‘catapult’ funds to start delivering social and entrepreneurial activity that makes change happen.

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