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Developing ‘young person led’ activities

It’s been a busy few months for the Enthusiasm Trust who have been continuing to deliver lots of activities for young people in Allenton. As well as the weekly youth club sessions at St Martin’s Church on Flint Street, they have also been providing weekly outreach and engagement work at the shopping area in Boulton Park, around the MUGA at the end of Wilkins Drive (near to Aldi), outside Merrill Academy on Brackens Lane and along the canal path.  

At both the outreach sessions and the youth club itself, Enthusiasm makes sure that young people are made aware that youth mentors are available for half an hour each side of the regular youth club time slot. The mentors can provide advice and further support, and are there for anyone who wants to raise any safeguarding issues they may have. Continue reading

Course offers money saving tips

????????????????????????????????????The Allenton Big Local funded cookery course delivered by Nacro Derby Osmaston Family Project continues to deliver useful hints and tips to parents to help them deliver healthy meals for their families on a budget.

In the latest report from Nacro, Margaret Woodbridge said: “Many families in Allenton continue to face real food poverty. A lack of money means they struggle daily to eat and get the right nutrition. Some parents have to cook for large families – six or seven children in some cases – and providing a healthy meal for that many people can be a challenge.  Continue reading

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How one job seeker volunteered to help others

The Allenton Big Local funded Job Club at Allen Park, delivered by Derby Adult Learning, is continuing to grow. On average, 14 people attend the club each week with a high proportion from the Allenton Big Local area.

The atmosphere within the Job Club is very friendly and the users help each other and share information about job opportunities. There is also a noticeboard in the centre’s reception area where current job vacancies are displayed and updated on a regular basis. Continue reading

£70k to support #allentonbigbuild

SigningWebWe’re pleased to report that an agreement for £70k of Big Local funding to support the refurbishment of St Martin’s Community Centre on Flint Street has been signed by Allenton Big Local, St Martin’s Methodist Church and Enthusiasm (our Locally Trusted Organisation).

The community centre at St Martin’s is to receive a huge revamp through a DIY-SOS-style community project led by Hodgkinson Builders and supported by Allenton Big Local and Derby Homes. Continue reading

Easy Meals for you and your Family

Allenton Big Local has been working with the Allenton Community Support parent group to produce a booklet that contains the six favourite recipes from the cookery course delivered by the Nacro Osmaston Family Project.

The Easy Meals for you and your Family booklet also includes  tips and advice on healthy eating, a word search and a quiz to test how much you know about sugar. You can read the booklet online now by clicking on the link below or click here to download a PDF which you can open in an iBooks or Kindle app: Continue reading

A safe, welcoming space for young people

youthclubworkshopAs well as delivering regular weekly youth club sessions at St Martin’s Community Centre, the Enthusiasm Trust has recently been delivering pop-up outreach work within the Allenton Big Local Area.

This work is supported by Allenton Big Local and has been focused on the main shopping area, in Boulton Park, on the MUGA at the end of Wilkins Drive and along the canal path. Enthusiasm’s presence in these locations has been aimed at engaging young people, giving them access to youth work support, and promoting the youth activities on offer locally. Enthusiasm works with local organisations, including the Police, Derby Homes and Derby City Council, to tackle and target anti social behaviour and provide support for local young people. Continue reading

Tackling food poverty with cookery lessons

SpaghettiFamilies in Allenton are continuing to benefit from cookery courses aimed at providing practical advice on healthy eating, basic cooking skills and budgeting information.

The courses are funded by Allenton Big Local and delivered by Nacro Osmaston, working in partnership with the local children’s centre. The 8-week course includes both theoretical lessons and practical hands-on sessions where participants make dishes to take home to their family, using ingredients provided as part of the course. Continue reading

Helping families deal with challenges

As part of our Life Skills priority, Allenton Big Local funds family support for parents living in the Allenton Big Local area. The support programmes are delivered by Nacro and aim to enhance and improve family relationships, encourage parents and children to spend time together and take part in activities that positively influence their relationships and have a long term benefit. Continue reading

The parents say it best

1463161To help meet Priority 2 of the Allenton Big Local Plan (Improving Life Skills), we fund activities for families and children which are delivered by the Nacro Osmaston Family Project. Nacro provides activities and support to help local families become better equipped with the skills they need to look after and encourage their children and give them the best start possible.

The support focuses on families and children, aged 0 to 7 years who are identified or referred through links with local agencies, schools and health and social teams. Parents may also self refer. Continue reading

2016 survey results

SurveyResults2016We conducted our annual survey in 2016 to find out how residents feel about living in Allenton and to better understand people’s perceptions of the area.

In all we talked to 70 people (24% male, 76% female), of which 69% lived within the Allenton Big Local area. Most of the other respondents lived close by or worked within the Allenton Big Local area. The average age of respondents was 33. Continue reading

Allenton features in Big Local film

During the summer of 2016, Allenton Big Local was pleased and proud to be asked by Local Trust to take part in the making of a film about Big Local.

Local Trust wanted to capture the power of Big Local and celebrate some of the great work taking place in the 150 Big Local areas across England. Working with film production company Panda Media, Local Trust visited Allenton and South Bermondsey to film residents and partnership group members in a bid to tell some of the amazing Big Local stories that have unfolded so far. Continue reading

Getting away from it all in Dimmingsdale

Dimmingsdale River 2016In 2016, Allenton Big Local again awarded Community Chest funding to Merrill PTFA to support a residential weekend for 20 children from Allenton. The trip was organised by Merrill PTFA to Dimmingsdale Youth Hostel in the Staffordshire Moorland.

Being out in the countryside and learning about the environment was a new experience for many of the children on the trip. They hiked, explored caves and took part in team games, challenges and activities. Continue reading

Our community event and AGM

AGM3On 10 January, Allenton Big Local held a community event and AGM at St Martin’s Community Centre on Flint Street.

The event was supported by delivery partners and local groups who have received funding or support from Allenton Big Local. The meeting was well attended by residents, local organisations and other interested parties who took the opportunity to network and find out about Big Local funding in Allenton. Continue reading

Notice of changes to our Approach and Governance Structure

At a recent review of the Partnership, the Allenton Big Local Partnership Group proposed changes to the wording of the Approach and Governance Structure (the changes are shown in red on this document).

Acceptance of these amendments will be voted on during the Allenton Big Local AGM, which will be held as part of the Community Event taking place on 10 January 2017.

The Work Club at Allenton

AllenParkCentreAllenton Big Local funds the Work Club at Allenton as part of our Creating Opportunities for Training and Employment priority. The club aims to reduce the barriers that job seekers face in gaining employment and offers support in the form of free access to computers, telephones and stationery, training in the use of Universal Job Match, coaching and support for individual job search, evidence of job search activity to meet Job Centre Plus requirements for those claiming Job Seekers Allowance, and opportunities to meet other job seekers. Continue reading

Learning and networking

1527642On 7 December members of the Allenton Big Local Partnership Group attended a Locally Trusted Organisations and Big Local Partnerships learning and networking event at The Edge in Sheffield.

The day provided a useful opportunity to meet and learn from residents and workers in other Big Local areas. The programme for the day included an update from Local Trust, followed by a series of workshops and information sharing sessions on topics such as financial management, collaboration, organising and facilitating meetings, working with volunteers and managing workers. Continue reading