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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!!

AGM – Voting Resident Members Re-election

Below is list of members of the ABL Partnership Group that meets each month who will be looking to continue in their roles.  Endorsement of current members wishing to continue in their role will take place at AGM Feb 11th as a group, along with any new nominees  who will be voted on individually.

Allenton Big Local Partnership

Voting Resident members

Edith Lang| Resident and Current Chair

Margaret Woodbridge | Resident and Vice Chair

Heather Russo | Resident and Vice Chair

Nicola Camp | Resident

Joe Russo| Resident/The Enthusiasm Trust

 Eve Calladine Resident (New Nominee)

Advisory members (non-voting)

Mairi Radcliffe | Representing St Martin’s Methodist Church

Simon Edwards | Derby Adult Learning Service, Derby City Council

 Workers (non-voting)

Bill Badham | Big Local Rep

Paul Brookhouse | Project Co-ordinator

Annual General Meeting Coming Soon…

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Annual General Meeting

11TH FEBRUARY 2020 @ 7PM 
St Martin’s Methodist Church & Community Centre
Flint Street
DE24 9BH
Allenton residents are welcome from 6.45pm for prompt start at 7pm. 
Allenton Big local and it’s delivery partners will be showcasing some
of the achievements from the last year. 
Refreshments will be provided
 Everyone Welcome!!

Plan Review endorsed by Local Trust

Local Trust gives the thumbs up to our review of the current plan ending in April

Local Trust looks at how we’ve reviewed our existing plan before we can submit and have accepted our latest one due to start in April. Comments were very positive. Local Trust said of our review process:  
What we liked about your plan review:
  1.   This is a really good review. It is thorough and uses a number of different methods to evaluate the projects and activities you are funding. 
  2. You have collected and included different types of information to help you demonstrate the difference you are making, such as open data from Local Insight and survey responses from people in your community.
  3. You clearly demonstrate that you are doing lots of great things in Allenton Big Local and continually ensuring that what you’re doing is what the community wants. 
The full report is attached here. Plan review feedback Allenton
We have also now had the assessment for the new plan due to start in April and we await news from Local Trust as to whether we have the green light.

Relaunch of St Martins Church & Community Centre

Launch Video is Released

Following several years of planning and consultation, followed by eighteen months of building work – on Friday 1st February 2019 we were incredibly happy to support the relaunch of St Martins Church and Community Centre on Flint Street. Please watch our video which highlights the days activities.

St Martins Church and Community Centre 18 Hour Marathon Big Launch

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 Update from our Local Rep


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.

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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.