Here is the latest blog update from Allenton Big Local’s Rep, Bill Badham:
Here’s a great article which has just been published online by Positive News. It talks about Big Local as a “bold approach to regeneration, investing over ten years in communities which have been overlooked for funding in the past and, most radically, letting residents hold the £1m purse-strings.”
“Resident decision-makers have gained confidence in public speaking, accounting and community consultation.”
“For most people in these areas, this is the first time they have ever experienced this degree of control over so much money.” Continue reading
The Allenton Big Local project recently provided Merrill Academy PTFA with funding through the Community Chest for twenty children from Allenton to attend a weekend residential trip. Lynn Greenhouse from Merrill PTFA has kindly provided us with this report on how the trip went. Continue reading
In 2014, the Allenton Big Local project awarded Allenton United Football Club with funding for a new kit and other equipment for the junior teams. We spoke to Zak Stevenson, Chairman of Allenton UFC to find out how the teams were doing. He provided us with the following match report for the games that took place on the weekend of 22 September. Continue reading
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
Our first round of Community Chest funding is now closed to new submissions. Successful applicants will be confirmed over the next few weeks. For those who missed this round, there will be another round of funding announced in the coming months.
Thanks to everyone who applied and good luck!
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.
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.
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).
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.