October – December 2014
These last three months have been busy in running ABL and doing things to deliver on the plan’s priorities.
The partnership has continued to meet monthly and has a strong core of residents and workers bringing commitment and leadership. There has been a change in plan co-ordinator, with Kim Bell moving on and Jane Bettany taking over. Jane is already a member of the partnership, focusing on the news hub and communications and so knows the workings of the partnership and the plan very well. This has enabled a smooth transition.
In October, the partnership invited the national evaluators to run a workshop which helped the group consider the strengths of the existing plan and the importance of making sure progress is monitored and change recorded and celebrated. The workshop helped thinking about the review process for the end of the first and the start of the second year of the plan, with a workshop taking place in January. The partnership continues to reflect on its work and improve policies and systems, which this quarter include DBS checks for all those on the partnership and standardising a management report for those with Service Level Agreements to improve consistency of tracking how much is done, how well and what difference has been made.
A number of areas of the Allenton Big Local plan progress well. This includes the tailored work with children and families headed up by NACRO, the youth work led by Enthusiasm, the student news hub supported by Guidemark Books and the adult training led Derby Adult Learning. An exciting partnership is forming with St Martin’s Church to develop their hall as a community facility; structural work and capacity building will be led by Derby Homes. First though, work is being done on tying down an agreement, supported on legal and constitutional matters by Big Local national partner, Small Change.
Under the theme of Strengthening the Community, the community chest had a strong start, but has struggled to build momentum since; the panel is reviewing progress and next steps. Street Performance under the same theme is needing clearer direction and focus which will come in the New Year.
The New Year starts with a review of the first year delivery on the plan and of the work of the partnership. This review will be submitted to Local Trust to release second year funding. Given underspend, the time frame is likely to be put back to April for the start of the second year, meaning the plan would effectively run through to end of March 2016.