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Big Local Rep’s Update

January – March 2017

As your Big Local Rep, every three months I share my thoughts on local area progress with you as residents and with the central team managing the national programme. Your comments and thoughts are always welcome.

Looking back

Running things

The partnership meets each month and residents are welcome. With a second plan approved and in place and running smoothly, the partnership has focused on community connection and one of its major partner projects these last three months.

In January Allenton Big Local held a resident and partners event and Annual General Meeting. Two new members were welcomed and a summary of activity and spend shared with those present. Progress was applauded and future plans warmly greeted. Continue reading

Big Local Rep’s Update

October – December 2016

As your Big Local Rep, every three months I share my thoughts on local area progress with you as residents and with the central team managing the national programme. Your comments and thoughts are always welcome.

Looking back

Running things

The partnership meets each month and residents are welcome. The current three year plan is going well. The spendometer on the website front page shows exactly what has been spent and committed while new measures have been agreed with Enthusiasm as the Local Trusted Organisation to improve the regular reporting of financial information. Activity reports are received, reviewed and approved by the partnership.

In recent months, the partnership has reviewed the local landscape to inform future direction and emerging priorities. It has reviewed and refreshed the constitution and clarified the election and voting process for the community event and AGM on 10 January 2017. It has explored the idea of Allenton Big Local Associates as a wider circle of people who can help with the running of things. Continue reading

Big Local Rep’s update

July – September 2016

Looking back

This has been a busy period for Allenton Big Local and the autumn starts with encouraging news about community hub developments and plans developing for the AGM in January. 

Running things

The partnership meets each month and residents are welcome. The new plan is embedded and progress and finances are reviewed regularly. The spendometer on the website front page shows exactly what has been spent and committed to date. Reports of activity funded are received, reviewed and approved by the partnership, such as this recent one on tasty food and healthy eating. One development is to track added value partners bring to the work being funded by Allenton Big Local and quarterly reports now ask for reflections on this. The work club for example has a six monthly budget of £6k and it brought added value of £4.7k. And while partnership costs are budgeted for at £500 for six months the added value is already over £1k. Gradually the partnership will be able to build a picture to show how much is contributed in resources and volunteer hours by residents and partners for every pound of the £1 Million spent. 

There has been interest from some residents and workers about attending and joining the partnership and these contacts are being followed up by the plan co-ordinator. Continue reading

Big Local Rep’s update

April – June 2016

This has been a productive time, settling in with the new plan, approved by Local Trust.

Looking back

The second plan running for three years has been approved by Local Trust. This is a tribute to the leadership and vision of the partnership group, translated into practical action to help make Allenton an even better place to live. It builds on a core of successful work in the first plan and responds to new challenges and opportunities. The revised boundary of the Allenton Big Local has also been approved, making more sense of where people feel part of Allenton. The Spendometer shows overall investment so far and the first payment of £155,604.23 to cover the first six months of the new plan had been received fromLocal Trust.

Monthly meetings are well attended by the partnership and are the main means to review progress and develop ideas. With the three year plan approved, the partnership is keen to keep its edge, to not get stuck in routine and has built in issues to explore in more detail over the coming year to ensure relevance and awareness of emerging concerns.

The partnership has taken part in two national evaluations this last quarter: the partnership survey across all 150 areas with findings out soon and the Impact study – what difference are we making. The research is now complete and you can find the summary report and full report on the Local Trust website here. A film crew arrives in Allenton in mid July to capture some of the activity and successes to contribute to a national Big Local film.

There is steady progress on the St Martin’s Church Community Hub, with a sub-group meeting regularly to support progress. SLAs and reports are published online, with one called Success for Gail showing the success of the work club. The partnership is interested in recording and sharing the additional value achieved through Allenton Big Local funding and has started to ask partners to record this in a systematic way. This fits with learning arising nationally across Big Local.

Sharing the story remains important to the partnership. Film has been used with young people at the Enthusiasm Youth Club. The latest newsletter has been published and distributed. The partnership is also mindful of the need to keep in touch with the elected politicians and recently wrote and sent a recent newsletter to Margaret Becket, the local MP.

Looking ahead

The coming months will see an embedding of the plan, agreeing an annual plan of events throughout the year, rather than the previous focus on one principle event in the summer. The community hub should see the architect’s drawings complete and approved to move toward construction.

Working well

The link between plan and delivery remains very strong, with the need to ensure the partnership remains open to the challenges of a changing environment. Reporting is outstanding with a rich array of approaches, including newsletters, stories and film, backed up by active social media.

 

The latest from our Big Local Rep

Big Local Rep’s Report for January – March 2016

Looking back

This has been a busy three months, reviewing and building the new plan and making progress on delivery, including toward the community hub.

Running things

Monthly meetings are well attended by the partnership and an excellent forum for sharing and reviewing progress and scoping new ideas. All residents are welcome to attend.

The plan review was undertaken by the partnership in January. This was a thorough process and one that brought learning from the first year in one place.

The second plan followed, with a strong mix of holding on to what had worked and adding new or revised elements that responded best to learning and new emerging needs.

The brilliant and very clear Spendometer shows spend to date and projected spend through the next three year plan. The partnership recognises this is an accelerated spending curve in line with need, opportunity and capacity which will need to be addressed in the final years of the ten year programme.

Doing things

Activity remains strong relating to all main priorities and all SLAs and reports are published on line for transparency and accountability. Those from NACRO for children and young people and Enthusiasm for young people led onto a new initiative of inviting and hearing from those who had benefited in a partnership meeting. This brought the stories into the room and gave direct evidence of activity and its impact.

The plan assessment was undertaken by Helen Fairweather who met with some of the partnership. In her report she wrote:

“Activities are already starting to show shifts in perceptions, and have a good mix between individual support for the most vulnerable, and developing community facilities and spirit, which should be a good basis for lasting change.”

Looking ahead

With the second plan approved, the partnership is looking forward to seeing a building up of activity with children and young people and their families. In addition, it is looking at community events for the year and looking to move from one big event to at least four smaller ones, based on community feedback and seeking greater reach and impact for money spent.

There is new hope for the St Martin’s proposed community hub gaining momentum after the appointment of a project lead with an excellent track record, skills and appetite. As a church member, she is also joining the Allenton Big Local partnership which will strengthen ties and improve shared effort.

Working well

The partnership remains strong and vibrant and keen to do the very best with and for residents. It is thorough in its working and committed to transparency and showing the impact Allenton Big Local is having. It was very disappointed in the poor quality of its experience of the national impact process led by R4C but this has not dampened its appetite to review its work in innovative ways such as working with young people from the youth club as reporters, using multi-media to tell the story.

Bill Badham – Allenton Big Local Rep

Bill Badham, Local Trust Rep

Local Rep’s report July to September

Here is an update from our Big Local rep, Bill Badham, on the latest developments in Allenton Big Local.

Running things

The partnership consists of 10 people, six of whom are residents. It meets monthly to review progress on the plan and respond to new opportunities and requests. All minutes are put on line as soon as possible.

The partnership reviewed the end of year one budget and agreed the second year budget, what to carry over and what new projects to fund. Continue reading

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Local rep’s report – April to June 2015

This has been an important three months of reflection and consolidation, adding to the partnership, taking stock of the plan and gaining approval from Local Trust of the second year budget.

Looking back

Running things

The partnership remains strong and continues to meet monthly. The second year’s activities and budget of the two year plan have been approved after a comprehensive review posted on the website. The partnership constitution has been updated and uploaded to the website after the annual review. A new resident member of the partnership was recruited. Heather Russo lives and works in the area for Enthusiasm and brings valuable knowledge and skills to Allenton Big Local. Continue reading

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Taking stock and moving on

This has been a busy time for Allenton Big Local, moving on with funded activities, reviewing progress after the first year and setting sights for the second year.

Bill Badham, Local Rep

Looking back

Running things

The partnership remains strong and continues to meet monthly. In the New Year it undertook a thorough review of progress and headlines were posted here on the website.

The partnership agreed that the vision is sound and a good strapline. The focus on a stronger community still applies. Continue reading

Bill Badham, Local Trust Rep

Update from our Local Rep

October – December 2014

Bill Badham, Local Trust Rep

These last three months have been busy in running ABL and doing things to deliver on the plan’s priorities.

Running things

The partnership has continued to meet monthly and has a strong core of residents and workers bringing commitment and leadership. There has been a change in plan co-ordinator, with Kim Bell moving on and Jane Bettany taking over. Jane is already a member of the partnership, focusing on the news hub and communications and so knows the workings of the partnership and the plan very well. This has enabled a smooth transition. Continue reading

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Blog report from Big Local Rep

Reflecting on the last three months

by Bill Badham, Big Local Rep

BillBadhamPhotoEvery quarter, I’m asked to report on Big Local area progress to Local Trust and Renaisi, who manage the Big Local national programme. It gives me the chance to reflect on how things are going and to look at any challenges ahead. This blog is based on that report and I hope you find it useful. It picks up some of the highlights from the last three months.

The partnership has been making great strides thanks to the work of the group and of their plan coordinator, Kim Bell. Service Level Agreements are now in place for work with children and with young people. Work has started on some elements and will start in other areas soon.

The partnership with Merrill Academy and the communications company on recording and reporting Allenton Big Local news is now cemented and is a great model that other Big Local areas are interested in.

The planning for the first annual summer festival – The Event @ Allenton – is well in hand and is also a good model. The event will take place on 13 September and will combine fun and activities with Big Local promotion and review.

The partnership is stronger with four new members, of whom two are voting residents and two are non-voting co-options.

The first round of the community chest went well and the locally developed model proved robust and effective.

In the coming months, more aspects of the plan will come on stream and the celebration and AGM event in September will mark a great moment in Allenton Big Local’s journey in helping residents make the area an even better place to live.