October – December 2018
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.
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. Service Level Agreements for funded activity have been updated and are shared on line. As the Local Rep, I recently shared a blog on what happens when the money runs out.
The partnership undertook its annual review in the autumn and is really pleased at the developing relationship with the Academy, run by NOVA. Mark Watts, the headteacher, is an active member of the partnership and is bringing valued support and scrutiny to how things are run and how the Local Trusted Organisation manages its responsibilities.
The Annual report was published in time for the AGM and distributed to every household and is jam packed with news and information on action and change across Kirk Hallam. In the coming months, Amanda Speake and Mark Watts will lead on developing a young people’s forum linked to Big Kirk Hallam, building on years of active involvement, written up in a recent blog.
Big Kirk Hallam held its AGM and Big Thank you in October. It was a massive success for the residents taking part and for the partnership in organising it. Capacity was helped by having the Christmas celebration separately – again a huge triumph.
The autumn round of community chest saw grants given to the craft group, monkey trouble playgroup, Dallimore School for transport to universities, the poppy display and Ladywood Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. Funding was also available for putting on the Christmas lunch once again but sadly it wasn’t possible to muster the numbers to take part this year. The partnership was pleased to approve funding to Lakes and Meadows for replacing a bench in memory of Hazel Cooper.
The Community Centre gets ever busier and the focus for the coming six months is to seek and secure further funding to strengthen its longer term sustainability. The café has being building reputation and trade, but there is a lull while recruiting a new manager. Thanks also to Debra Ward who is leaving the Warm Welcome Club after many years and to Tony Robinson as caretaker of the centre.
The partnership is looking forward to the coming quarter, with many activities lined up across the outcome priorities of the existing plan, things to do and places to go, access and environment, quality of life and education and training.