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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


Students spread the news

Students from Merrill Academy are being given the opportunity to learn work-related communications and marketing skills by helping to publicise the Allenton Big Local project. Starting in June, English and Media students from the Academy will get the chance to attend weekly media workshops, where they will write press releases, news articles and web content to promote the project.

The workshops will be delivered by Jane Bettany from Derby-based communications company Guidemark Publishing, and Imogen Snow from Merrill Academy. The sessions will teach the students how to create newsletters, write content, manage print and update the project’s website. Students will also devise promotional activities for The Event in Allenton, will take place on 13th September at Merrill College.

Kim Bell from the Allenton Big Local team said: “We chose this method of communication and promotion for the project because it fits perfectly with the Big Local ethos. By becoming involved, the students can improve their skills, increase their knowledge, and gain valuable work experience that should help them access apprenticeship, employment or university opportunities in the future.”

“We are very happy for our students to be part of the communications and marketing team for this project,” said Mike Davie, Vice Principal at Merrill Academy. “It will develop their talents, increase their confidence and help them understand how the theories they learn in the classroom can be applied to a work situation.”


Letters spelling the word job laid on a keyboard

Join the work club

Letters spelling the word job laid on a keyboard

If you’re a job seeker living in the Allenton area, you can now get extra help and support with your job search by 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 to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3.30pm at the Allen Park Centre on Allen Street, next to Allenton Library.

The club provides free access to computers and the internet, which you can use to search and apply for jobs online or to log on to the Universal Jobmatch service. You will also receive support to help you create a CV, improve your interview techniques, and develop your presentation skills.

The club also provides opportunities to complete a variety of qualification courses that will teach you new skills that could increase your chances of getting a job.

“The Work Club is a really useful way to start your CV and future work life.”

“The tutors are very patient and helpful and make me feel very welcome.”

If you’re interested in joining the Work Club, you don’t need to book a place. All you have to do is drop in to the Allen Park Centre on Allen Street in Allenton any time between 10am and 12.30pm or 1pm to 3.30pm any Monday (except bank holidays).

For more information about the Work Club, call 01332 642300 or email enquiries@derbyals.org or download the flyer here.

Save the Date - 13 September Event in the Tent

Save the date


13 September date confirmed for The Event @ Allenton

Allenton Big Local has confirmed the date for its celebration event as 13 September 2014.

It’s going to be a fun day for the whole community and a chance for local people to find out more about the Allenton Big Local project.

The Event @ Allenton celebration will  be held at Merrill Academy.

Further details will follow soon.

Plate of Mince Pies Log Fire and Christmas Tree

Free Mince Pies and Cakes!

14th December 10.30am to 12.30pm, St Martin’s Hall, Flint St

Come and join us on 14th December for Christmas refreshments and children can have a go at making their own decorations.

Pick up a free ticket from the Allenton Big Local gazebo which will be near Barclays on 14th and make your way to St Martin’s Hall on Flint street (just down the road from the Co-op).

This will also be an opportunity to ask about the plan and answer any queries about Community Chest applications.


Community Chest: Now open!

The Community Chest is a small grants fund available to groups based in the Allenton Big Local area.

The aim is to award grants of up to £1000 and the funding can be used in any way to support the work of groups, but the focus of any application must link to one of the three priorities and bring about a direct benefit to the Big Local Trust area and complement the aims and objectives set out within the Allenton Big Local Plan.

It is a simple application process and for more details please visit the funding page or telephone The Enthusiasm Trust on 01332 362479.

Applications for funding are now open. The closing date to apply for the current round of funding is 30th September 2014.

A close up to a laptop keyboard with a red uptade key instead of enter key

What has happened so far?

Here’s some of the work that was carried out in 2011/12


Community Action designed and ordered the flyers and posters for individuals and groups to send in their comments. 11,000 copies went out in the Derby Express newspaper and 2,000 were given to partners to distribute around shops and businesses. A number of comments were received through Facebook, Twitter and the text account (see the comments in previous blog entries).

Networking Event

Community Action hosted a networking event at Base 2 in Allenton on 7th December 2011. Eleven people from eight groups attended and were really keen to help, get involved and consult with their users. Transformations completed four questionnaires and at least four groups were interested in hosting their own consultation events to involve their users.


Enthusiasm worked with a student to develop the original website. The day-to-day management of the site is now being undertaken by Derby Homes as part of their contribution to the partnership.

Twitter and Facebook accounts and SMS comments

We have had 19 comments through various means from an initial consultation. Remember to give out the following contact details when asking residents to give their views on how to spend a Million in Allenton:

    • Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and keep up-to-date!

Consulting Local Groups and Residents

Transformations is a consultancy firm working with us on this project. They are in the process of contacting local groups to ask them to consult with their users so that we can get as many views as possible about how to spend £1 million for the benefit of Allenton. We will feedback what the groups have been saying.