October – December 2019
Every three months, as your Big Local Rep 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.
Big Local is half way through. An excellent report charting challenges and achievements is well worth a scan. There are also loads of small film clips from residents about the impact you are making. A more catchy way of capturing the Big Local magic is to listen in to these lyrics written at Big Local Connects 2019. Locally and nationally, to quote Local Trust CEO, “We are telling out story more proudly and it seems to be having an effect.”
Priorities and achievements looking back: running things well and building the partnership, the AGM, community engagement and celebration
The Big Thank You celebration awards and AGM in November were very well received by residents. 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. Partner quarterly reports were considered and approved by the sub-committee in November. The partnership review was submitted and commended in October. The young people’s forum (#BigKHYP Team) has met and is exploring its role and contribution to the running of Big Kirk Hallam. The deep dive review into resident views about the area and about Big Kirk Hallam is complete and the headlines are a ringing endorsement of the partnership’s focus, funding priorities and ways of working.
The plan is on track across all themes and priorities and new initiatives such as that with Street Games are being explored. The autumn round of Community Chest took place successfully in October. This year’s Christmas event was very well attended, organised by the Big Kirk Hallam Community Centre, with crafts and stalls, Santa’s grotto and choir.
Key priorities looking ahead
In January, the partnership starts building the new plan by first reviewing progress and resident priorities, drawing on the profile review done by Guidemark Publishing. In February and March, early drafts and further community consultation will take place to affirm priorities and principle activities.
The partnership has worked hard this last year to reflect on progress and to build on its strengths. New members have joined bringing fresh ideas and knowledge. The young people’s forum is now in place. More partnership members are taking an active part in sub groups such as for monitoring partner reports and taking on specific tasks such as reviewing the finances and communications. The Local Trusted Organisation lead, Mark Watts’s praise is well deserved. He highlighted the progress in the partnership over the last year. “I commend you all”, he said, highlighting improvements in running things including the quality of the quarterly reports, the efficient reviewing of the plan, engagement with stakeholders, tightening procedures for the sub groups including resolving conflict of interests and budget management.