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.
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.
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.
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.
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