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.
The work of the partnership and delivering on the plan are going well. The partnership meets monthly and the minutes are posted on the website as are good news stories of local action and change and newsletters. With the success and demands on the bursary, the partnership agreed to seek to increase this budget in response to local need. Three members of the partnership took part in the national Big Local Connects event in Nottingham, sharing from their experience and expertise and learning from other areas. The group has started its annual review of the partnership and this will be submitted to Local Trust in November.
All first quarter reports received were approved at the September partnership meeting, indicating that Service Level Agreements are being met by partners. Great work continues in improving the life skills of children and families, young people’s life skills and those of adult residents through the work club. Panda Media’s excellent 20 minute film plots the journey of building and launching St Martin’s Community Hall, the latest development being the July visit of Princess Anne which Local Trust CEO Matt Leach was able to attend.
Communications with residents through newsletters tailed off last year, but are improving again. The September 2019 newsletter should reach every household with news of the successful summer activities and the royal visit. The centre pages neatly summarise the main themes, priorities and activities in the new plan.
Activities in the autumn are all set to continue as in the plan, building to Christmas with St Martin’s taking the lead on the Christmas event, always popular and a great meeting point for residents.