Updates

As part of the process for putting together the next Allenton Big Local Plan, a profile review consultation has recently been carried out, drawing on the experiences, knowledge and needs of local residents. The feedback received featured some recurring comments and shared concerns and ideas for making things better for the community.

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Overall, the feedback from the discussions, focus groups, surveys, interviews and other resident feedback endorsed Allenton Big Local’s three existing priorities and supported the kind of activities being delivered. When asked about the current priorities and activities, residents said that they felt they were still valid and relevant, were addressing the priorities, and having an impact. Those who had engaged or benefited directly from ABL activities said that being involved had made a positive difference and they were satisfied with what had been delivered.

The online survey, which was completed by 131 people, asked the question: What do YOU think Allenton Big Local’s priorities for action should be? Respondents were asked to select THREE choices from eight options. The survey results were:

Allenton Big Local Rep Report Young people enjoying the summer on a trip out with Enthusiasm July-September 2018 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.

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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.

1585729Allenton Big Local is into its third year of funding, and our second Big Local plan has been approved by Local Trust. We have agreed activities and spend up until March 2019 – but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t open to developing new activities driven by emerging trends and changes in our community.

Because change is constant, we realise the importance of remaining alert and vigilant to developments within the Allenton landscape that affect local people, groups and services.

Local Trust Big Local logo Allenton Big Local was one of 20 Big Local areas chosen to participate in a piece of research conducted by Resources for Change on behalf of Local Trust. The aim of the research was to:

“Capture the impact, achievements and learning of some of the earliest plans to be endorsed to demonstrate what the Big Local model has been able to achieve and draw out learning for other Big Local areas moving into delivery. “

Additionally, the researchers were tasked with finding out how each of the Big Local areas they talked to were measuring the impact of their activities.

Activities for Allenton Big Local’s second plan for the period April 2016 to March 2019 (Years 3 to 5) are now underway and being delivered.

Following a thorough review of the activities and projects delivered during Allenton Big Local’s first two years, the Partnership Group agreed to continue with the activities that have brought positive benefits to the Allenton area, and provide funding for some new areas of work and activity.

Allenton Big Local is about to enter Year 3 of a 10 year investment period. As we developed our plan for April 2016 to March 2019, we reflected on and reviewed our activities to get a better understanding of the impact Big Local is having on the local community. We also monitor projects on an ongoing basis through management reports and by talking to delivery partners and the people who are benefiting from activities. The reports are shared on our website alongside case studies and stories of change, as well as through our newsletters and on social media.

Allenton Big Local funds a number of activities aimed at helping young people gain new skills, confidence and experience. These programmes are delivered by the Enthusiasm Trust, an Allenton based organisation that works with young people to improve their lives.

This month, Enthusiasm provided its quarterly report in person as a presentation at our monthly Allenton Big Local Partnership Group meeting. Reading written reports is always useful, but there is nothing quite like hearing directly from the people who deliver activities. In fact, Enthusiasm went one better and brought along Courtney, a young person who is being mentored by Enthusiasm and who also helps out by volunteering with them. Courtney talked to the Partnership Group about what the programme has offered her and how she is benefiting.

Review

Allenton Big Local’s plan review January 2016

Allenton Big Local’s first plan included agreed activities to be delivered between April 2014 and March 2016. With March 2016 fast approaching, the Partnership Group has been busy reviewing and revising the plan and agreeing a budget and activities for the next three years.

What we have done

We’ve revisited our agreed priorities and three themes to check that these are still relevant and appropriate for Allenton. We held a review of the plan in January 2015 and again in October 2015, as well as at the partnership meeting in January 2016, rating each of the activities as green for go, orange for OK and red for at risk. We are pleased with progress especially in supporting children, families and young people and with adults through skills training and developing the community hub. The community events have also been well received in promoting community spirit and cohesion, such as the big summer event, the street performers and Santa’s Christmas visit to Allenton Market.

The plan was reviewed using a flipchartAllenton Big Local has a strong record of reviewing its plan. About one year ago we highlighted some of the things that had gone well and some that were less successful – these are all now on track after some alterations to the plan delivery. Regular reviews of governance are also done regularly. This is important for the group, but also for Local Trust to know that things are being done properly.

During our review of the plan, we revisited our principles and vision and considered any new developments in the area and the environment around Allenton. Our observations and comments will be built into the new plan. The partnership group has affirmed the vision for Allenton Big Local, and has reflected on whether the main structures of delivery (linked to our three priorities) are working and worth continuing.

?????????????????????????????????Two members of the Allenton Big Local Partnership Group recently visited Leeds to attend a workshop delivered by the Local Trust.

The one-day event provided information and support on delivering a Big Local Plan, how to take projects forward, and gave examples of some of the things to think about as we put our plan into action.

Pink post-it note with the words 'Time for Review' written on it.The Partnership Group met in January to review the first year of the Allenton Big Local plan. The session was aimed at checking progress against objectives, assessing the effectiveness of activities, and identifying action points for the second year of the project. The group also reviewed changes that had taken place locally during the last year, and revisited the project vision and themes to check that they still met the needs of the local community.

An annual review report will now be submitted to the Local Trust that will allow funding to be released for Year 2 of the project.

Bill Badham, Local Trust Rep

Reviewing progress – July to Sept 2014

by Bill Badham, Big Local Rep

The summer has been a successful period for Allenton Big Local, continuing to do things to deliver on the plan and to run the partnership effectively.

Doing things

ABL has made progress on the plan, sustaining previously started activity and progressing new strands. The work with children and families through NACRO continues to make a substantial difference to the lives and opportunities of some of those struggling with difficult circumstances. The work with young people through Enthusiasm is now up and running.