The popular Allenton Big Local Christmas event will be back at Allenton Market again this year, on Saturday 16 December between 10am and 2pm. 500 tickets will be available to the free event, which will host Santa and his reindeers in the grotto on the market.
As usual there will be free hot drinks and cookies, photo opportunities, Christmas songs, plus a free gift for the children who see Santa Claus. Entry to the grotto is by ticket only and the tickets can be collected at the following times:
Monday 4 December - 3.15pm to 3.45pm at Allenton Community Primary School.
Tuesday 5 December – 3pm to 3.30pm at Landau Forte Academy Moorhead
Wednesday 6 December – 10am to 12noon at Nacro, 28-30 Varley Street
Thursday 7 December – 2pm to 4pm at Nacro, 28-30 Varley Street
Saturday 9 December - 10am to 12noon at Allenton Market
We hope to see you there. Merry Christmas from Allenton Big Local!
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Every week up to 20 young people from Allenton take part in a fantastic dance project which is funded by Allenton Big Local and delivered by the Enthusiasm Trust, supported by Trinity Warriors.
The young people taking part in the sessions benefit from the guidance of a professional dance teacher and a professional youth mentor. They learn and develop new dance moves and techniques and build their confidence and self-esteem with the aim of performing at events across the community.
Paco from Trinity Warriors teaches the dance sessions and choreographs performance pieces. Trinity Warriors is the Derby based dance academy that became famous when they reached the semi-finals of Sky One’s ‘Got to Dance’ show in 2011. The combination of professional dance sessions supported by specialist youth workers gives local young people the opportunity to access something creative, fresh and fun in a safe and welcoming environment. Continue reading Learning some moves
The Enthusiasm Trust has continued to deliver a packed schedule of activities throughout the summer, many of which have been funded by Allenton Big Local. Enthusiasm provided seven open access youth provisions through weekly youth club sessions at St Martin’s Community Centre and throughout the ABL area through the Summer Splash programme.
54 young people participated through these clubs and activities with 100 engagements in total. The sessions included football, games, CV workshops and girl-only sessions, including piloting a new girl only club called ‘Girl Code’ which was launched with a girls sleepover. Continue reading Changing lives through youth engagement
In their latest update on Allenton Big Local funded activities, the Nacro Osmaston Family Project reports that this quarter has seen another significant increase in families with complex needs and children who are subject to safeguarding plans. In the last quarter, there have also been two referrals to Social Care for safeguarding.
Nacro offers support on a weekly basis to the families who need it – both in the family home and through telephone calls or text messages of support in between visits. Continue reading Support where it’s needed
Allenton Big Local funds a Job Club at the Allen Park Centre in Allenton, which is run by Derby Adult Learning Service and held every Monday between 9.30am and 4pm (except for Bank Holidays).
Since September 2016, the club has been run by Chris who is a fully, qualified Careers Advisor and part of the Careers@Derby team with many year’s experience of working with job seekers in community settings and job centres, as well as at the Careers@Derby Centre in Curzon Street. Continue reading A helping hand for job seekers
Allenton Big Local funds regular activities for older and isolated residents in the area, including coffee mornings and trips out. The activity is delivered with the help of volunteers from The Alvaston Residents Association (TARA), including our own Chair, Edith Lang. Continue reading Tea, coffee and a chat for older residents
Local Trust has announced additional funding for all 150 areas taking part in the Big Local programme, including Allenton. Big Local areas will each receive an extra £105,000 on top of the £1 million already committed to helping make their communities even better places to live. Continue reading Additional £105k for Big Local areas
If you’ve been anywhere near Flint Street in Allenton recently you can’t fail to have noticed the work taking place at St Martin’s Church and Community Centre. The huge #allentonbigbuild project is now well underway, run by Hodgkinson’s Builders and Derby Homes, in partnership with St Martin’s Church, Derby City Council and Allenton Big Local. Continue reading Transformation of St Martin’s Community Centre continues
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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 Developing ‘young person led’ activities
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 Course offers money saving tips
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 How one job seeker volunteered to help others
We’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 £70k to support #allentonbigbuild
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 Easy Meals for you and your Family
As 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 A safe, welcoming space for young people
Families 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 Tackling food poverty with cookery lessons
Young people in the Allenton area who are most at risk of offending are receiving mentoring support from the Enthusiasm Trust, funded by Allenton Big Local. The style of mentoring provided by Enthusiasm helps the young people get their lives on track and also aims to deliver the following outcomes: Continue reading Mentoring support delivers positive changes
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 Helping families deal with challenges
Over the last year, Allenton Big Local has been funding weekly sessions for young people, offering them a fantastic opportunity to learn dance and performance skills. Continue reading Historic performance by young people
Priority 3 of the Allenton Big Local Plan is to create opportunities for training and employment. This priority is being achieved in two key ways: the Allenton Big Local funded Work Club, and our Bursary Scheme. Continue reading Work skills for local residents
St Martin’s Community Centre on Flint Street is gearing up for the Allenton Big Build, which is due to begin next month. The centre at St Martin’s Methodist Church will receive a transformational makeover through a DIY-SOS-style community project led by Hodgkinson Builders and supported by Allenton Big Local and Derby Homes. Continue reading Allenton Big Build @ St Martins Community Centre
Allenton Big Local provided £2,500 of Community Chest funding to the Brigden Allotment Association to allow them to install a toilet block at the site. The facility will be used by allotment holders and visitors to the site, including children during school visits. Continue reading Help for green-fingered residents
To 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 The parents say it best