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Young people at the heart of Big Local

On 24 October Allenton Big Local welcomed a group of Big Local people to an event that focussed on how to make young people a part of Big Local. Throughout the day, delegates discussed and shared their ideas and experiences of getting young people involved in Big Local.

The day was organised and delivered by Bill Badham from Practical Participation, hosted at St Martin’s Community Centre and supported by the Enthusiasm Trust and Big Kirk Hallam. Catering was provided by the Chatterbox Café.

BKHThank you to everyone who attended the event and our gratitude to the people involved in delivering a session. Special appreciation goes to all the young people who took part in the event with a big shout out for Sylvie and Matt from Big Kirk Hallam, the excellent roving reporters Courtney, Angel and Katie, and a superb performance from the dance group. In all, 54 people took part, including the three roving reporters and 15 young dancers. Links to the resource materials used on the day are posted at the foot of this page.

Supported by Jane Bettany, Courtney, Angel and Katie worked hard throughout the day to record activities using photography and filmed interviews. They also helped to create a newsletter that served as a written record of the day. Copies of the newsletter were printed out and handed to the delegates to take away with them as the event drew to a close.

You can watch the video interviews that took place during the day below:

It was fantastic to meet people from so many different Big Local areas and share information and ideas about involving young people in Big Local.

Links to resources

Event report by Bill Badham

Storify story

Powerpoint slides as a PDF

Newsletter as a PDF

Allenton Big Local Facebook page

St Martin’s Church and Community Centre Makeover Facebook page

Big Kirk Hallam Facebook page

Here’s the Dance Performance video

Bill Badham, Local Trust Rep

Big Local is a “bold approach to regeneration”

Here is the latest blog update from Allenton Big Local’s Rep, Bill Badham:

Bill Badham, Local Trust Rep

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 Big Local is a “bold approach to regeneration”

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Community Chest funds weekend residential for young people

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 Community Chest funds weekend residential for young people


Match report from AUFC Juniors

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 Match report from AUFC Juniors

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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

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.