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Community hub for Allenton

Allenton Big Local’s plan to fund the development of a community hub at St Martin’s Methodist Church on Flint Street have been approved. 

The creation of a centrally located community venue was highlighted as a priority during consultations with residents on how Big Local funding should be spent. Once completed, the community hub will include a café that can become a meeting place for local people. St Martin’s will also offer room facilities for hire at the venue for local groups and residents to use for activities such as children’s parties, meetings, training sessions, playgroups, youth clubs, keep fit sessions, drama clubs, and other community events. Continue reading Community hub for Allenton

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A successful Event


The Event @ Allenton attracted over 1,250 people on Saturday 13 September. The community day was held at Merrill Academy and was organised by The Enthusiasm Trust. It included activities, stalls and a car boot sale and was attended by people of all ages, including plenty of families and children who enjoyed trying out the various activities on offer. Continue reading A successful Event

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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.