The programme ran over three days between 29-31 October with a separate session on each day between 10-3pm. The sessions covered Music and Poetry, Creating a textile banner and Halloween Crafts. We took a different approach to the marketing and bookings by going along to each of the local primary schools and physically handing out leaflets to parents and taking bookings through a dedicated phone and email address, as well as directly through the Chatterbox Cafe, rather than using Eventbrite. This increased the coverage and take up.
Each day was very well attended and over the three days some 99 children took part, with some attending multiple days. There were some excellent outcomes and some of these could form part of the ABL legacy. For example, the textile banner is to be displayed at St Martin’s Church and a moving poem, created by the children will be read out at the AGM.
Attendance definitely attracted the intended families and there were some new families in the area who came from different Ethnic backgrounds. Some parents came with a key worker and some returned having attended in the summer.
The offer of free lunches again proved popular and the take up of these exceeded the intended budget by a handful. We are grateful to ABL for picking up the cost of these.
Local Trust has announced additional funding for all 150 areas taking part in the Big Local programme, including Allenton. Big Local areas will each receive an extra £105,000 on top of the £1 million already committed to helping make their communities even better places to live. Continue reading Additional £105k for Big Local areas
Activities for Allenton Big Local’s second plan for the period April 2016 to March 2019 (Years 3 to 5) are now underway and being delivered.
Following a thorough review of the activities and projects delivered during Allenton Big Local’s first two years, the Partnership Group agreed to continue with the activities that have brought positive benefits to the Allenton area, and provide funding for some new areas of work and activity. Continue reading The next three years
Two residents of Allenton have used the Bursary Scheme to help improve their English language skills. Qin Qin Chen and Jie Li (pictured left) applied for funding for the ESOL Level 3 course delivered by Derby Adult Learning at the Allen Park Centre in Allenton.
Both Qin Qin and Jie have now passed their Entry Level 3. Here’s what they said about the funding they received: Continue reading Bursary Scheme helps learners to improve their English
On 1st August, members of the Allenton Big Local partnership group attended the UpBeat Community Dance summer school performance at Merrill Academy. It was great to see such energy, creativity and enthusiasm from the young dancers. There were some great performances!
Allenton Big Local funding enabled 48 young people from the Allenton Big Local area to attend the summer school. Big Local funding also allowed 12 young people from the project area to see a performance at the Royal Albert Hall. In all, £912 of funding was awarded to Upbeat Community Dance through the Allenton Big Local Community Chest scheme.
The Community Chest is currently open for a new round of funding and applications are welcome from groups and organisations within the Allenton Big Local area. Check the ‘How to Apply’ page on our website for further details. The deadline for receiving applications for the current round of funding is 30 September 2014.
Allenton Big Local is now accepting applications for the next round of community chest funding.
The community chest provides small grants of up to £1,000 to support the work of groups based in the Allenton Big Local area. The focus of any application must link to one of the project’s three priorities, which are: strengthening the community; improving life skills; and creating opportunities for training and employment.
Groups benefiting from the last round of community chest funding included Merrill PTFA, which received £1,175 towards a residential trip for 20 disadvantaged students, and UpBeat Community Dance which received support to help young dancers from the Allenton Big Local area to attend a summer school and visit a performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Allenton United Football Club was also awarded £1,500 to buy new kit, equipment, training and coaching.
Groups in the Allenton Big Local area have until 30th September to submit their application for the current round of funding. For more information about the community chest, or to download an application check out the apply for funding page here on the website.