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Building Community Awards Finalists

Building Communities Awards 2020On Friday 25th February 2020 a group of 8 attended the regional Building Community Awards hoping that the partnership work of the building project on St Martins Church & Community Centre would win the under £250k project of the year award.   The evening was in the lovely Athena Centre venue in Leicester.  Des Coleman was the host for the evening.  After the 3 course meal the awards began and we eagerly waited to see how we had faired!!

The first half of the awards were announced and we we left waiting for the second half to begin.  After the raffle prizes were announced and the auction taking place – which raised an amazing £43,000 for charity, it was finally time for our award.

awards3We were up against 3 other projects and stood a great chance to win.  The award was announced and we were runners up for the award.  Whilst we would have loved to have won the award it was still a great achievement to get the runners up prize.

We came away delighted to have been part of the evening and the recognition for the great work in transforming a building that is used so much in Allenton that was supported by finance through ABL – and almost winning!!

Over 90 Children Attend 3 Day Half Term Activities

ABL Community Banner - children (002)The programme ran over three days between 29-31 October with a separate session on each day between 10-3pm.  The sessions covered Music and Poetry, Creating a textile banner and Halloween Crafts.   We took a different approach to the marketing and bookings by going along to each of the local primary schools and physically handing out leaflets to parents and taking bookings through a dedicated phone and email address, as well as directly through the Chatterbox Cafe, rather than using Eventbrite.  This increased the coverage and take up.

Each day was very well attended and over the three days some 99 children took part, with some attending multiple days.  There were some excellent outcomes and some of these could form part of the ABL legacy.  For example, the textile banner is to be displayed at St Martin’s Church and a moving poem, created by the children will be read out at the AGM.

Attendance definitely attracted the intended families and there were some new families inoct half term2 the area who came from different Ethnic backgrounds. Some parents came with a key worker and some returned having attended in the summer.

The offer of free lunches again proved popular and the take up of these exceeded the intended budget by a handful.  We are grateful to ABL for picking up the cost of these.

Further 3 year Plan Approved by Local Trust

We are pleased to announce the our new plan has has been approved by the Big Local Trust, below is the positive feedback received.

“The plan is largely a continuation of work from the previous plan, based on very careful consideration of whether this is still relevant and wanted by the local community, and building on what works. The plan contains great detail, demonstrating the amount of thought and work that has gone into it, together with the in-depth and broad consultation with the Allenton community documented in the Profile Review. The vision and intended outcomes fit closely with the overall Big Local outcomes, and partnership members showed their commitment to bringing about positive change in Allenton, from children and young people upwards. The delivery model runs smoothly, but is dependent on the ability and capacity of the plan co-ordinator and partnership members. The LTO-partnership relationship is strong, and the LTO is trusted, based on work to date with Allenton Big Local and with its other funders;  The partnership have made a clear decision to focus the remainder of their investment in this three year period, intending to ensure delivery is effective. They recognise that ABL’s legacy will come in many forms, and they are encouraging their delivery partners to think about sustainability beyond the Big Local funding.”

Plan approval letter

Wooden letters that read '2015 goals'

Get 2015 off to a great start

Wooden letters that read '2015 goals'If you’ve made a new year’s resolution to find work in 2015, or you’re interested in changing your current job, you should consider joining the Work Club.

The club, which is supported by Allenton Big Local and delivered by the Derby Adult Learning Service, runs on Mondays (except bank holidays) between 10am and 12.30pm and 1pm to 3.30pm at the Allen Park Centre on Allen Street, next to Allenton Library. It provides free access to computers and the internet, opportunities to gain new qualifications, and support to help you create a CV, improve your interview techniques, and develop presentation skills. Continue reading Get 2015 off to a great start

Bill Badham, Local Trust Rep

Big Local is a “bold approach to regeneration”

Here is the latest blog update from Allenton Big Local’s Rep, Bill Badham:

Bill Badham, Local Trust Rep

Here’s a great article which has just been published online by Positive News. It talks about Big Local as a “bold approach to regeneration, investing over ten years in communities which have been overlooked for funding in the past and, most radically, letting residents hold the £1m purse-strings.”

“Resident decision-makers have gained confidence in public speaking, accounting and community consultation.”

“For most people in these areas, this is the first time they have ever experienced this degree of control over so much money.” Continue reading Big Local is a “bold approach to regeneration”


Too many people use the parking for park and ride. to the detriment of local shops and shoppers local people cannot get parking as cars are left there all day. introduce parking charges over 30 minutes. enforce no queuing for spaces rule. its chaos at weekends. more seating for shoppers.


Alvaston is in need of improvements too but the council keeps running out of money.  Allenton shopping area was done up a few years ago, they have a swimming pool, fitness centre, park, cinema and supermarkets and DIY Stores…Alvaston has nothing.


I Think some of the money should be invested in Allenton United Football Club as we currently run 4 football teams and a Kids football Academy , we run the football club on a shoe string budget and have now applied to use Moorways Staduim as our Home for the club to be Based from , we would like to grow Allenton United Football Club into a well establishment Community based Club but at present we have no base and very little funds, All of my coaches put in time and effort with the Academy all on a voluntary bases , Lets get Allenton United Football Club recognised and get the people of Allenton involved with our Group.