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.
Our three priorities for Allenton remain unchanged. They are:
- Strengthening the Community
- Improving Life Skills
- Creating Opportunities for Training and Employment
Here’s a quick round-up of the activities that have been agreed to help us deliver these priorities for local residents over the next three years.
Strengthening the Community
A major project over the coming year will be the development of a community hub in partnership with St Martin’s Methodist Church and Derby Homes. Allenton Big Local has committed £70,000 of funding to the project, and Derby Homes will offer its expertise and support to manage the building project. The community hub will be developed at St Martin’s Methodist Church on Flint Street, which provides a central venue which will be used for a community cafe and as a place for local people and groups to meet to hold events, classes, clubs and activities.
Also under this priority, Allenton Big Local will continue to fund street performances. These will be delivered by local young people, who will get the opportunity to learn dance skills and develop their confidence through performance.
A £10,000 budget for community events will continue, but instead of focusing on one big summer event, the plan is to support a range of different events throughout the year. With the help of parents from the Allenton Big Local area, the popular Christmas event will be held again in 2016 on Saturday 17 December.
Improving Life Skills
The work delivered by Nacro to support and enhance family relationships in Allenton will continue. Alongside these activities, Nacro will provide courses on healthy eating to help local families create healthy meals on a budget.
Enthusiasm will continue to deliver projects that support young people, such as a regular youth club and pop-up activities and events. Enthusiasm will also receive funding from Allenton Big Local to deliver targeted one-to-one mentoring to at least eight young people a year, all of whom will live in the Allenton Big Local area.
Older residents are benefiting from regular coffee mornings held at Slaney Close Community Room, plus occasional social outings. These will continue with the aim of increasing social interaction and reducing isolation for older people who live alone.
Creating Opportunities for Training and Employment
The Work Club held on Mondays at Allen Park Centre will continue to be funded as part of our second plan. Over the last two years the Work Club has successfully supported local people who are looking for work, or hoping to improve their career prospects. The Partnership Group wanted to ensure that this support continued in Years 3 to 5.
Additionally, the Bursary Scheme will continue to offer financial help to Allenton Big Local residents aged 16 or over who want to enhance their skills, take a new course or simply get back into learning. The scheme offers individuals up to £500 of support for course fees in any one academic year.
Sharing our successes
We will continue to provide reports on all of the Allenton Big Local funded activities that are being delivered across the area. You can read stories here on our website, through our regular newsletter, or follow us on Twitter @AllentonMillion or on Facebook at facebook.com/BigLocalAllenton.