Category Archives: Partnership Group

Big Local Rep’s quarterly report April to June 2019

As your Big Local Rep every three months or so, 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 progresses well. 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. These are supplemented by quarterly newsletters and the excellent annual report. The activity monitoring sub group met in May and approved all partner reports.

The partnership has started a thorough review to help set direction for the next four years. In June, the group used a traffic light system to plot progress of all funded activities and related challenges set out in the last plan against background statistics. The majority are green, with some on amber as they develop and a very few stuck on red for the time being. In the autumn Jane Bettany will lead a resident conversation to refresh the background profile that underpins the vision, priorities and activities of each plan.

In April, three members of Local Trust team visited, Matt Leach, Chief Executive of Local Trust, Georgie Burr and Fiona Cowley. Matt emailed the chair to say:

“It was really inspiring to see quite how many people were using the Community Centre and the extent to which Big Local funding has enabled it to become such a great resource for the whole community. It was also great to get such a sense of the strength of your local partnerships and the incredible level of energy and activity you are helping to happen across your area.”

And at the same time, a heart-warming email was received from a resident. “I’m proud of how Big Kirk Hallam has created somewhere that families feel welcome to go and do things with their children that’s readily available and affordable.”

Doing things

Two notable developments are strengthening the delivery of a range of activities for residents. First, a number of the groups are becoming more and more self-running, gaining in confidence in managing their own activities and offering valued opportunities and support to residents. Second, there is good news on responding to some key areas of need that have been especially hard to progress for lack of local capacity and prolonged cuts to services supporting children, young people and their families. A new agreement is in place to support young carers across the two primary schools and the academy. A range of holiday activities are now in place through a partnership with Erewash Borough Council. The Freedom programme is being brought to Kirk Hallam to help challenge domestic abuse. In addition a partnership with Erewash Borough Council may lever in public health funding for work to combat isolation.

Looking ahead

The partnership funds a number of community activities over the summer, including Lakes and Meadows, the church garden party and an event at the community centre. Looking to the autumn, the partnership remains very keen to support a young people’s forum feeding into the main partnership governance structure. In the autumn, the community conversation will develop to review and refresh Big Kirk Hallam’s vision and priorities leading into the next plan in June 2020.


May Partnership Group meeting minutes

Here are the minutes of the May Partnership Group meeting

they include:

Update on the visit by Matt Leach, CEO of Local trust

An update on what’s happening at the community centre

An update of the approvals for payment from the monitoring sub committee

Details of the scope of the mid programme review

BKH minutes 2019.08.may


Minutes of the April partnership group meeting

Here are the minutes of the April Partnership group meeting

They include

An idea for a schools community based project

An update on whats happening at the community centre

A finance update

Actions raised from the monthly scrutiny of the plan and delivery projects

Approval for a mid term review of the 10n year plan

Matt Leach CEO of Local Trust visiting Big Kirk Hallam 26 AprilBKH minutes 2019.10.04

Minutes of the March Partnership Group meeting

Here are the minutes of the Partnership group meeting held on 13 March 2019

Issues discussed included

  • Update on the community centre
  • Update from the report monitoring panel with the following reports approved for payment
      • Plan Coordinator February
      • Stay and Play February
      • Newsletter publication and delivery
  • Results of the February community chest
  • Draft terms of reference for the community chest panel and monitoring sub committee
  • Discussion about whether to do an independent mid term review to look at progress
  • An idea for a schools community based project

BKH minutes 2019.13.03



Minutes of the February Partnership group meeting

Here are the minutes of the February partnership group meeting held on 13 February 2019

Items discussed included

  • A discussion about managing the relationship between Big Kirk hallam and the Community Centre
    • An update from the report monitoring panel with approval given to the following reports
          • Plan Coordinator january
          • Monkey trouble playgroup
          • Knit and natter
          • Friendship Club
          • Communications
          • Cafe
          • Community centre
          • Warm Welcome club

The reports can be viewed on the website underCommunity Plan activities 2018 – 2020

  • Finance update
  • Scrutiny of the plan
  • Discussion about the need for Terms of Reference for the community chest panel and monitoring sub committee
  • Big Local connects event to be held in Nottingham on 13 and 14 September

BKH minutes 2019.13.02

Minutes of the Partnership Group January 2019

Here are the minutes of the meeting held on 15 January 2019

Items discussed included

  • Rev’d Christine French was welcomed back onto the Partnership Group
  • Update on the community centre
  • Update from the report monitoring panel with approval of the following reports
      • Plan Coordinator November and December
      • Dallimore Great project additional costs
      • Big Campout
      • Grand parents lunch at Dallimore and Ladywood
      • Savings club at Dallimore and LadywoodBKH minutes 2019.15.01


Minutes of the December 2018 Partnership group meeting

Here are the minutes of the December Partnership Group meeting held on 12 December 2018

Issues discussed included

  • Review of the christmas fair event
  • A financial update for the plan so far
  • News of a visit to Big Kirk Hallam by the Local Trust Chief Executive Matt Leach planned for 26 April 2019
  • Plans to establish a pupil council at the academy

BKH minutes 2018.12.12