Author Archives: Bill Badham

Rep’s quarterly review Jan-Mar18

January – March 2018

As your Big Local Rep, about every three months I share my thoughts on local area progress with you as residents and with the central team managing the national programme. Your comments and thoughts are always welcome.

Looking back

Running things

The partnership continues to meet monthly and partner agreements, reports on activities, minutes of meetings and stories of action and change are posted on the website. Financial recording and reporting are sound, giving the partnership a secure basis for its decision making. The partnership is in good shape and running things well, with vision, energy and application. The focus these last few months has been on taking stock and reviewing progress, leading to submitting a plan review to Local Trust which was strongly commended. This then led onto building the new plan for summer 2018-20 and included a valuable community consultation in March. The plan will be submitted in May, followed by a visit to the partnership by Local Trust and, if approved, a launch in the summer.

Doing things

There has been much activity these last months, with more and more groups getting established and run from the Community Centre, including the launch of the community café after a pilot phase. Stay and play continues to be a great success in partnership with Fareshare and Derbyshire County Council, helping to respond to family needs in the holidays. More immediate and smaller grants continue to make a big difference through the community chest. Difficulties with managing the youth club over a significant length of time, including how it attracted significant young people not from Kirk Hallam, has led to the partnership regretfully looking to end the agreement to run this and to build other ways to offer activities for Kirk Hallam young people in the holidays.

Looking ahead

Big Kirk Hallam will finalise and submit its next plan over the coming weeks and looks forward to a visit from Local Trust as part of the review and approval process. It will then look to launch the new plan in the summer which seeks to continue with activity of proven benefit to residents and respond to new challenges and opportunities identified. The partnership approaches the coming year with vision and purpose, sound leadership and excellent co-ordination.

Bill Badham

Big Local Rep


Local Trust pleased with current plan review

Before submitting our 2018 -20 plan for Big Kirk Hallam, we reviewed what has been happening over the last two years. This review is on the website and we are pleased that it has been well received by Local Trust, which oversees and manages the Big Local programme. Their report is attached. Their headlines are below.

What we liked about your plan review:

· The Annual Report attachment is an excellent summary of your activities. The pictures, quotes and numbers of participants or beneficiaries in the report added context to your activities.

· The report also demonstrated how you have used information you have gathered to communicate your achievements with the community.

· The links to your website and social media pages demonstrated your efforts to engage with residents.

· You included a very detailed spend and budget against each theme. This helped to further demonstrate the narrative of your successes and challenges with some themes progressing well with others struggling to get started.

Plan review feedback BKH.pdf

Our plan review and draft for 2018-20

The partnership reviewed progress on our current plan and shared a draft of the next plan at the community meeting on Saturday 24 March. Your comments on the attached are welcome. We are hoping to sign off the final plan and submit it to Local Trust by mid-May.

There were some really helpful reflections from residents and partners last Saturday. Here are ten points to guide us going forward. Thank you to everyone who has supported Big Kirk Hallam and helped us as a partnership.

Ten things arising from the community conversation on 24 March 2018, reviewing the draft plan.

1. Much of what we support is inter-generational, with children and older residents mutually benefitting. Friday lunches, the Warm Welcome Club, the Big Thank You are all examples.

2. We look to remain true to the original community desire to want to be part of the action in helping make Kirk Hallam an even better place to live. Environmental action and developments at the community centre are good examples.

3. Supporting vulnerable groups arose as a priority in the earliest community conversations and has been retained throughout, including exploring new initiatives to combat isolation, domestic violence and debt.

4. A key theme in the new plan is building activity and capacity through the community centre. As vice-chair Amanda Speak said, “We were sleeping on sofas and now we have our own home.” Backing this legacy for a sustainable future is central to this plan.

5. The reach and number of community events has grown, including those set up and run through Big Kirk Hallam.

6. While investing and backing our big legacy partnership with the community centre, we also want to remain flexible and accessible to immediate and smaller scale community projects through the community chest.

7. Some things may happen quite easily but other things, like stay and play and responding to holiday hunger, have taken a lot of dedication, time and energy from a few committed people.

8. Community connection and engagement remain vital. Our first hopes had been to have a link with at least 500 residents. With the range of projects, the school partnerships and the community centre, the number of residents linked to Big Kirk Hallam is far higher than this and growing.

9. There is less activity and spend in this plan on themes 2 and 4 – access and the environment and education and training. Many activities relate to these. The partnership will take a further look at what may be needed under these two themes going forward.

10. Communicating what Big Kirk Hallam is about and what has been achieved with residents and partners is central. Newsletters through the door make sure everyone can know what’s happening and take part as they wish. Social media reaches large numbers and the website remains vital for our accountability to our neighbours and the wider public.

Looking forward the partnership has taken the following broad approach during this middle phase of the ten year Big Local programme:

· Retain the overarching vision as relevant to Big Kirk Hallam residents.

· Keep the four main themes or pillars in the existing plan.

· Look to reduce the number of activities to improve focus in the new plan.

· Build on the legacy investment in the Big Kirk Hallam Community Centre through funding activities taking place there and through underpinning its core functions by contributing to staffing costs.

· Support a wider range of community events, reducing the funding of two well-established events. Underpin the costs of events run through Big Kirk Hallam.

· Continue with the community chest, but remove the dedicated schools strand so that children and young people and parents can reconnect more with that sense of ownership that comes from applying directly themselves.

· Look to support young people in Kirk Hallam through dedicated and targeted mentoring and support, moving away from the generic youth club that has proved very hard to manage.

· Overall this approach means a likely increase in annual spend for year 5 and year 6, nearer £170,000 each year, with infrastructure support costs to the community centre providing the single biggest legacy project for Big Kirk Hallam.