Category Archives: Partnership Group

Minutes of the July Partnership Group meeting

Here are the minutes from the partnership group meeting held on the 12 July 2017

Areas discussed included

  • update on the community centre and community cafe
  • plans for the holiday play scheme
  • update on the finances
  • plan coordinator update on projects

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Big Local Rep quarterly report April to June 2017

April – June 2017

As your Big Local Rep, 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.

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.

Big Kirk Hallam is in a good place with the new partnership bedded down and working very well through the chair, Tracy Thorpe, the two vice-chairs Rev Christine French and Matt Betesta, the refreshed partnership group, the plan co-ordinator Jsan Shepherd and the Academy as Local Trusted Organisation through Vice Principal Aidan Smith. One new resident member, Alex Harris, joined the partnership recently, bringing bags of experience as resident activist and community nurse, with knowledge and passion for the local area.

Big Kirk Hallam now has an office based at the Big Kirk Hallam community centre and is enjoying the growing partnership with its management committee and new development worker, Alisya Hill.

The exciting growing use of the community centre has raised some concerns from immediate local residents and Jsan and Alisya have met with them to seek a resolution acceptable all round.

Doing things

The big event in June was the grand opening of the Big Kirk Hallam community centre. This was planned to coincide with the day of the Great Get Together, events organised across the country in remembrance of Jo Cox and the work she did to bring commentaries together. There was a good crowd and an exciting range of activities for all ages running between 12 and 4pm. With the sadness and anxiety caused by Derbyshire County Council withdrawing from running the sure start and children’s centre, the opening indicated the start of a new era with volunteers, local groups and centre staff organising toddler groups, exercise classes and other activities not seen on the estate for some time.

Big Kirk Hallam’s 10th newsletter was published and distributed to every household in June, remembering with great sadness the life of Hazel Cooper. It also contained valuable updates on the community centre and what residents said in response to a survey about future use, including wanting a range of activities with a community focus and support for those needing particular help to get by.

Recent stories of what’s changed on the website are an inspiring read covering a wide range of activities across the ages. Debra Ward shared her joy about attending the grandparent’s lunch at Dallimore Primary School. Students at Ladywood Primary School wrote to share how funding from Big Kirk Hallam had supported drumming sessions, dinner with grandparents, promoting junior leaders and reading buddies. Other recent stories include the E-cadets scheme to promote online safety, Ladywood savings club, the Passport scheme, the kinship project supporting a number of families in need, the Warm Welcome Club for older residents and support to young carers where Action for Children is now working regularly in all 3 schools and young carers are being identified and referred to the service for 1:1 support, group work and some social activities.

Looking ahead

The next round of the community chest is now open and working to a simpler and regular pattern of application and closing dates. In August, the next round of activity reports will be read and reviewed by the partnership, bringing to a close this funding year. Plans are being put in place for a round of visits to partners to share progress and build toward the next AGM in December. In October, some young people and adults are contributing to the national event in Allenton, Derby on involving young people in Big Local.

Working well

Many of the activities are going extremely well. One innovative project was praised by Mel Lawson, head at Ladywood. She described the e-Cadets as a scheme to help promote online safety which trains and empowers children within the school to teach others about how to keep safe online. The e-Cadets feel proud of their role and empowered to be able to teach their classes. It has put greater emphasis on the importance of Online Safety within the school and is already making learners reflect on how they conduct themselves online and how they can keep themselves safe.

Minutes of the April Partnership group meeting

Here are the minutes of the Partnership Group meeting held on 12 April 2017

The minutes include the following

  • Proposal for Environmental works to the lakeside
  • update on proposal for community cafe
  • update on proposal for community centreproposal for Big Thank You celebration event
  • update from Plan Coordinator
  • Proposals for my concern and Big Classroom projects
  • Finance update
  • New member Alex Harris
  • Monitoring reports / invoices for approval

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Big Local Rep’s quarterly report January – March 2017

As your Big Local Rep, 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 New Year saw new members settling in to the partnership after the successful AGM meeting on Saturday 10 December. At the January meeting, Tracy Thorpe was elected as Chair and the Vice Chairs, Matt Betesta and Rev Christine French, were re-elected. The new vitality in the partnership brings opportunity to support existing projects and bring new ideas and creativity in helping lead Big Kirk Hallam forward.

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.

It was with deep sadness that the Big Kirk Hallam community learnt of the sudden and unexpected death of Hazel Cooper. As shared on the website, “Hazel was passionate about the area she lived in and dedicated a lot of her time to the community and making a difference. She was a central figure in the development of Big Kirk Hallam, playing an active role and giving inspiration, advice and support to all she came in to contact with. Kirk Hallam has lost one of its leading lights today. Our hearts go out to the family and especially her beloved husband Brian at such a sad and unexpected time.”

Doing things

The big development this last three months has been the transition toward an extended community hall run through the independent management committee and owned by All Saints Church, as Sure Start and the Children’s Centre services have been withdrawn by Derbyshire County Council. Surveys have been conducted and two jobs are being recruited to in order to maintain and develop the expanded facilities. Big Kirk Hallam has seen and embraced the opportunity of working closely with the management committee to help secure the hall’s future and enable a range of activity in its current plan to take shape and hopefully take off.

The youth club has now moved to the hall premises with a fresh start and optimistic future.

The March 2017 newsletter brought the latest developments to every household, including news of the AGM and new Partnership Group members, Big Kirk Hallam Community Centre, Community school lunches, Warm welcome lunch club and the Big Kirk Hallam camp out.

Looking ahead

The partnership with the community hall and the two new posts means a number of resident priorities in the Big Kirk Hallam plan could see a big boost these coming three months, including the community café and the hungry holidays’ scheme. Partnership members are taking a lead in an event in June to draw people into the centre and see what is taking shape right at the heart of their community.

Welcome to Alex

The Partnership Group would like to welcome new member Alex Harris

Alex says

I live in Kirk Hallam and am a community nurse for the Ilkeston area which includes Kirk Hallam. I have 2 children who both go to Ladywood school. As I have these links to the community I would like to help make decisions as to how the big lotto money is allocated. I would like to join the community partnership group to offer any help I can and supporting the group to make decisions and helping with ideas for future projects. I have previously enjoyed being a parent volunteer for the sure start centre where I organised the first children’s fun day with funding from the Big lotto funding and would like to continue to see increased activities for the residents. I care about the area and would like to see improvements to it that would benefit everyone.


We are all really pleased that Alex is joining the Partnership Group and look forward to working with her in the future to make a lasting difference to the area.

We do still have a couple of vacancies on the Partnership Group if you are interested in joining. Email our plan coordinator Jsan Shepherd  for more information

Minutes of the March Partnership Group Meeting

Here is the link to the minutes of the March Partnership Group meeting

Items included

  • update on the proposal for the community centre
  • update on proposal for the community cafe
  • update on the youth club
  • discussion around future community chest applications
  • details of new proposals received

The date of the next meeting is Wednesday 12 April – in the meeting room at the Community Centre on Kenilworth drive. the meeting starts at 5.30pm and all are welcome to attend

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