Category Archives: Good news stories

Support where it’s needed

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

A helping hand for job seekers

AllenParkCentreAllenton 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

Transformation of St Martin’s Community Centre continues

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

Check out RAM Energy – it could save you money

 

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RAM Energy, working in partnership with the energy provider Robin Hood Energy will be a not-for-profit brand created by Derby City Council to help tackle fuel poverty and rising energy bills. The scheme offers anyone with a DE postcode low cost gas and electricity and help making the switch. Continue reading Check out RAM Energy – it could save you money

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 Developing ‘young person led’ activities

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 Course offers money saving tips

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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 How one job seeker volunteered to help others

£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 £70k to support #allentonbigbuild

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 Easy Meals for you and your Family

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 A safe, welcoming space for young people

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 Tackling food poverty with cookery lessons

Mentoring support delivers positive changes

footyYoung 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

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 Helping families deal with challenges

Allenton Big Build @ St Martins Community Centre

StMartinsConceptSt 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

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 The parents say it best

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 2016 survey results

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Focus on the youth club

As part of Priority 2 of the Allenton Big Local Plan, we provide funding to the Enthusiasm Trust to deliver activities for young people in Allenton, which includes a youth club held on Tuesday evenings at St Martin’s Community Centre. You can find out more about the youth club by watching the Local Trust video below, which was filmed last summer.

 

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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 Allenton features in Big Local film

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 Getting away from it all in Dimmingsdale