Blog report from Big Local Rep
Reflecting on the last three months
by Bill Badham, Big Local Rep
Every quarter, I’m asked to report on Big Local area progress to Local Trust and Renaisi, who manage the Big Local national programme. It gives me the chance to reflect on how things are going and to look at any challenges ahead. This blog is based on that report and I hope you find it useful. It picks up some of the highlights from the last three months.
The partnership has been making great strides thanks to the work of the group and of their plan coordinator, Kim Bell. Service Level Agreements are now in place for work with children and with young people. Work has started on some elements and will start in other areas soon.
The partnership with Merrill Academy and the communications company on recording and reporting Allenton Big Local news is now cemented and is a great model that other Big Local areas are interested in.
The planning for the first annual summer festival – The Event @ Allenton – is well in hand and is also a good model. The event will take place on 13 September and will combine fun and activities with Big Local promotion and review.
The partnership is stronger with four new members, of whom two are voting residents and two are non-voting co-options.
The first round of the community chest went well and the locally developed model proved robust and effective.
In the coming months, more aspects of the plan will come on stream and the celebration and AGM event in September will mark a great moment in Allenton Big Local’s journey in helping residents make the area an even better place to live.