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Doing the right thing right

How things are run in Big Kirk Hallam – Big Local rep, Bill Badham, reflects

Occasionally questions arise about how the Big Local resident-led programmed is managed and overseen. Residents on the local partnership put themselves forward to support the community, giving of their time and expertise. They do an amazing job in identifying and responding to its priorities. They can face many challenges, along with the rewards of helping make their area an even better place to live. They open themselves up to comment and, just occasionally, this can become quite personal and hurtful.This blog sets out how Big Local is run and the checks in place to make sure there is maximum benefit to residents, minimum bureaucracy and sound scrutiny to make sure things are run right.

Back in 2010, the National Lottery set up Big Local as a community-led programme to reach 150 areas in England, with at least £1m to spend over about 10 years. By 2012, all areas had got underway. Each area must follow a required pathway, including setting up a local residents’ group, choosing a local trusted organisation to be the legally accountable body, connecting with the wider community, researching local needs and building, implementing and reviewing a plan that responds to local priorities.

Local Trust (http://www.localtrust.org.uk/) manages the whole programme and holds and invests unspent money until needed. Return on that investment is distributed locally to add to the £1m for each area. Each area must have a Big Local rep to oversee progress and support the local area, also paid for centrally and managed through Local Trust.

Each Big Local area is run by a local partnership which must include at least five residents, making up at least 51% of the partnership with at least 51% of voting rights. The make-up and functioning of the partnership is reviewed annually to check that it is in good health and remains relevant and responsive to local needs, with clear policies and procedures to guide its work and respond to concerns and complaints.

The Local Trusted Organisation is chosen by the local partnership as one that can be accountable, support the partnership and keep to the vision and values of Big Local. It is vetted by Local Trust and must keep all relevant records, submit its accounts and be open to spot checks from Local Trust. It signs a legal contract with Local Trust to ensure it keeps to the ethical and financial requirements of Big Local. In this area, it is paid no more than 5% of local spend and this payment is paid centrally, not from local funds.

The partnership is responsible for the development of the local plan and to make sure it is delivered with partners working toward the shared vision and objectives. This plan is checked thoroughly by Local Trust before approval. Subsequent spend is reviewed every six months by the partnership and Local Trust. There are Service Level Agreements between the Local Trusted Organisation and partner organisations to monitor progress. Reports from delivery partners need approval from the partnership before funding is released. The Big Local rep also submits a quarterly report to Local Trust on progress, successes and any areas of concern locally.

Each area is part of the wider Big Local community. Support, learning and sharing opportunities are available to make the most of Big Local as a powerful, resident-led, community focused programme to help make the 150 areas even better places to live.

Bill Badham

Big Local Rep

September 2018

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Big Local Rep’s quarterly report

April – June 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

Big Kirk Hallam’s next plan to run from the summer of 2018 to the summer of 2020 has been approved by Local Trust. This was after a thorough review of current activity and submission and assessment of the new plan.

The assessment by Margaret Jackson commented that the partnership is “a welcoming group of residents who are dedicated to making a difference and achieving the Big Local outcomes within their area. They have made substantial progress to date in running projects which reach to all sectors of their community…. They [see] that relationships are key [and] have learnt that the best projects are those delivered by local people and organisations who are committed to the community in Kirk Hallam…. This plan should help the partnership move towards their legacy aims of residents with improved aspirations and a more confident community.”

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. Representatives took part in Big Local Connects in London at the end of June and partnership members are completing the partnership survey.

Doing things

Activity remains vibrant and focused on the needs and priorities of residents across the ages, as illustrated by a number of recent what’s changed stories and in the latest ‎May newsletter sent to all residents.

Knit and natter continues to grow: “Coming to the group has made me feel great and I have 3 or 4 projects already planned for the next few months. I like the company and look forward to coming each week. The sense of achievement is amazing.” Monkey trouble toddler groupis also making a positive difference. The children get to play together and the parents get to take a breather and get to know other local parents. The social aspect of the group is huge with new friends being made all the time. Community chest continues to thrive as a way of reaching a wide range of local groups and projects.

Stay and Play continues successfully in its aim to have regular stay and play sessions on a weekly basis in the school holidays to meet, share, play, cook and provide lunch bags, reducing isolation and offering practical support to families. “It’s brilliant – it helps that it is free because money is tight and you can spend a fortune keeping the kids entertained.” (Parent)

 

Looking ahead

Big Kirk Hallam is set to conclude this second year of its current plan and to launch the next two year plan to run through to summer 2020. With the current Local Trusted Organisation now merging with the Academy group, NOVA, processes are in place to ensure a smooth transfer of responsibilities. The plan co-ordinator has met the new lead who is delighted at the opportunity to continue to support residents through being the trusted organisation for Big Kirk Hallam.

Independent assessor praises Big Kirk Hallam new plan

Big Kirk Hallam has a new plan for 2018-20, which has been approved by Local Trust after independent assessment by Margaret Jackson, a Big Local Rep covering other areas.

This is what Margaret wrote after reviewing all the documents and meeting with the partnership.

“Kirk Hallam Big Local partnership comprises a welcoming group of residents who are dedicated to making a difference and achieving the Big Local outcomes within their area. They have made substantial progress to date in running projects which reach to all sectors of their community and they are careful to ensure that they are thinking about the needs of all residents – young and old. They continually reflect on what is working well, and not so well and aim to improve how they use their Big Local money wisely. They have come to the conclusion that relationships are key – both with the local community but also with organisations who have been commissioned to deliver services. They have learnt that the best projects are those delivered by local people and organisations who are committed to the community in Kirk Hallam. This is also an entrepreneurial partnership which is keen to respond to opportunities – an approach adopted to utilise the former Sure-Start centre as the Big Kirk Hallam Community Centre.

The BKH Community Centre is becoming a hub for the Kirk Hallam Big Local and as such is increasing the reputation and impact of the Big Local partnership to the wider community, evidenced by the use of the centre by the Clinical Commissioning Group and also to provide some primary education. Ensuring the centre is a vibrant and well used facility is therefore a focus within this plan; providing community development support over the period of the plan will help ensure the centre is well used and valued by all residents – old and young. Providing business development support aims to ensure that the governance of the centre is fit for purpose and that a long term plan is prepared which shows how the centre can be sustainable when the Big Local money runs out. The partnership is addressing these issues sensitively through working with the current management committee – having learnt that good relationships are key. They are also aware that independent advice could be available if required.

Whilst a focus for the plan is to support a variety of community activities within the BKH Community Centre, the partnership is also mindful to support activities in the wider community including activities for young people and with the schools.

This plan should help the partnership move towards their legacy aims of residents with improved aspirations and a more confident community.”

Local Trust newsletter June 2018

Here is the latest newsletter from Local Trust

News from Local Trust and the Big Local programme

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Local Trust newsletter June 2018
Leaders and believers

Get a snapshot of Big Local Connects, our biggest event yet, and help shape a new programme on community leadership. As we track how Big Local areas collaborate with faith organisations, even the Archbishop of Canterbury gets a look in.

Big Local Connects – two days of activity, inspiration and fun

What an amazing weekend at Big Local Connects, the first time 126 Big Local areas have come together at one brilliant event. If you attended and have any reflections, please share them using #BLConnects on Twitter, or in the Working on Big Local Facebook group.

You can also download all the presentations from the weekend here.

Putting people in control

Putting people in control

Andy Curtis, senior researcher at Local Trust outlines our submission to the Civil Society Strategy consultation. How can the Big Local model help redefine our understanding of civil society? Read the blog.

Community spirits

Latest essay: Community Spirits

Author Stephen Bates visited Collyhurst, Grace Mary to Lion Farm, North Ormesby, One Palfrey and Greenmoor Big Local areas to explore the changing role of faith in place. Read the essay.

Community leadership

Event: Who are your leaders?

Leaders – in all their forms – are crucial to the success of Big Local, so we are developing a programme to support community leaders, kicking off with an event in Coventry on the 28 September where you can develop leadership skills and inform the development of the future programme. Register your interest.

Newington Archbishop of Canterbury

Film of the month: Newington Big Local

This thoughtful film documents the Archbishop of Canterbury visiting a local credit union, discussing the role it plays in the community and the community’s link to the church. Watch the film.

Do you want your Big Local film featured here? Tag us on social media, or just drop us an e-mail.

Workers survey

Calling all Big Local workers

Big Local workers – the people paid to support the Big Local partnership and the delivery of Big Local – are making an incredible contribution to Big Local, and we want to know more about them and their work. Find out more.

Tell us what you think

We’re reviewing the Local Trust website – but we can’t do it without you. If you’d like to join the consultation or to find out more about our plans, get in touch.

Big Local in the news

What faith groups do is offer hope in a hopeless situation

Community champion given Queen’s honour

Canon Bob White: Let’s focus on what unites us

Boston steps back in time for 1940s weekend

Hampden Park rally to highlight dangers of air pollution

Sandi Phillips: ‘How Elthorne Pride is helping our estate get its community spirit back’

Coming soon: We’re going to have two new podcasts available very soon so keep an eye out for those, as well as a brilliant essay on the role of heritage in Big Local areas.

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Knit and natter

Jsan popped into knit and natter today to have a look at the projects being made – check out the photos – and also heard from Julie who showed her the blanket she had just finished

“When I started coming to the group in January I couldn’t crochet at all and now I have made this blanket. Everyone in the group is so supportive and they have all helped and advised me. i’ve learnt about different needles and wools. Coming to the group has made me feel great and I have 3 or projects already planned for the next few months. I like the company and look forward to coming each week. The sense of achievement is amazing.”

Well done Julie – the blanket looks great! 😊 You should be very proud.

Knit and natter is a great group to come to, everyone is welcome. It meets on Monday mornings at the community centre 9.00 – midday with free tea, coffee and squash

What’s changed – looking back at the success of Monkey Trouble

The Monkey Trouble Parent and Toddler group is run through Big Kirk Hallam Community Centre in response to Quality of Life theme and Supporting Families priority in the Big Kirk Hallam plan.

The initial aims of the group have been to get it up and running, make sure parents and carers know about it and can come to it and as a result increase the sense of community spirit and feeling supported and more resilience.

From the March 2018 report to the partnership, these aims are being met. Alisya Hill from BKHCC says that more than 25 children are coming with their parents and carers and is run by two volunteer parents. They provide a different craft activity every week as well as using the centre’s toys. They now provide healthy snacks for the children as well as hot drinks for the parents; these are now kindly donated by the local Co-Op. They also now charge £1.00 per child as this allows them to put on occasional extra entertainment as well as buying each of the children a gift at Christmas.

Numbers continue to grow, so that the group has now moved to the Main Hall to have more space.

The group is making a positive difference. The children get to play together and the parents get to take a breather and get to know other local parents. The social aspect of the group is huge with new friends being made all the time. The group and especially the two volunteer parents are very welcoming and everyone joins in making it a very enjoyable group. Big Kirk Hallam also gave the group £250 through the community chest which has been used to buy new toys.

What’s changed – looking back at the success of the community chest

The community chest started way back in 2013 when the then steering group were impatient to get funding to small groups even before their first community plan was approved.

Using of the start-up money, the partnership developed the community chest as a small funding pot for applications up to £1000 from local groups, for residents and backed by residents.

The community chest has been running ever since, with three or more rounds each year, attracting a wide range of inspiring applications covering activity across Big Kirk Hallam’s four main themes of Things to do and places to go, Access and the Environment, Quality of life and Education and training.

The guidance for any newcomers is here: Guidance and information notes June 2017 onwards.docx

Look back at the last two rounds gives a great flavour of the range and diversity of bids:

£500 to 21st Ilkeston Scout Group for various activities such as climbing, abseiling, archery, trampoline, sailing

£778.40 to Warm Welcome Club for a trip to the peak district, including lunch

£500 to All Saints Church for a trip for 50 residents to Skegness

£1000 to Parkside High for a skate themed family fun day around the skatepark

£900 to All Saints Church for a Royal Wedding Street party along the church driveway

£150 to Big Kirk Hallam Community Centre for toys and games for older children for the Stay and Play sessions

£953 to This Girl Can at Ladywood Primary School supporting the 5 ambassadors and a range of activity

£1000 for football coaching at Ladywood Primary School

£910 for a trip to Conkers for 1st Kirk Hallam Brownies

£652 for Boys Adventure (Wild explorers) at Ladywood Primary School

£800 for Junior Leaders at Ladywood Primary School

These small sums continue to make a big difference as this lovely feedback from Ladywood shows:

“Thank you for letting us know (about the successful applications). We felt the interviews went really well. Our children and parents are a credit to us. Their passion for the projects they’re involved in is really admirable. The grants are making a real difference to our community, including our school community. Without Big Kirk Hallam’s help, we wouldn’t be able to support our residents so extensively.”