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Help us to tell the Allenton Big Local story

Tell Us Your Story

If you have been able to make great changes in your own life through the support of one of the many projects funded by Allenton Big Local, we’d love to hear from you.


Maybe you got a new job after attending the Work Club at Derby Adult Learning, or perhaps your parenting skills development meant you were able to go and support other parents in your community. There are so many great stories to tell and we’d love to share your success so that we can help inspire more people in Allenton… if you want us so share your story pop a quick email to info@biglocalallenton.co.uk and we’ll be in touch very soon




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.”