Category Archives: What’s Changed 2014

Here you will find the stories of action and change helped by Big Kirk Hallam funding in 2014

What’s Changed – Kirk Hallam Youth Club

Kirk Hallam Youth Club is a new group developed by Enthusiasm Trust with the aim of offering a programme of engaging and enjoyable activities for local young people. It also plans to build capacity by enabling local people to train as volunteers and run the project.

Enthusiasm have been working hard to make contact with local young people and to let them know about the weekly club nights which run on a Tuesday evening at Kirk Hallam Social Club between 6.30pm and 8.00pm.

Attendance numbers at the club have grown and now up to 70 young people come along and take part in activities each week!

Enthusiasm Trust have already identified 6 people who are passionate and want to make a difference in their local community by donating time to the club. They have attended regularly as volunteers and have received training in how to develop and plan a youth club and work effectively with young people

Here’s what some of the young people and volunteers have said about the youth club:

It’s fun and safe and great for the Kirk Hallam community.”

Mimi Anderson (young person)

It’s the best thing that’s happened to Kirk Hallam. Its better because you can come here instead of causing trouble on the streets. The best thing about it is seeing your friends.”

Liam Haywood (young person)

Week nights used to be boring but ever since this started now they are not, I am so glad I came. There’s always a different activity every week.”

Lily Potter (young person)

The youth club is a great idea to bring local young people together to decide what they want to do and they become apart of it. It gives them something to do to keep them off the streets. I enjoy being a volunteer and giving something back after living here for 9 years. I enjoy living here it’s safe and people are welcoming. Kirk Hallam sometimes gets a bad reputation but stuff like this helps to show the positives.”

Emma Hardy (local volunteer)

Young people having fun at the club.

Young people having fun at the club.

Enthusiasm continue to seek people from the community with the right skills who are interested in being involved in running the club. Over the next few months the youth club leaders will also be holding a special big youth event and have asked the young people to vote on whether they want a Neon Party, The Cube (game show) or I’m a celebrity. They will also be holding an official launch including inviting local councillors and Big Kirk Hallam steering group members as well as other local people.


What’s Changed at Kirk Hallam Children’s Centre

Kirk Hallam Children’s Centre has been running projects to benefit local children and their families, with help from Big Kirk Hallam funding.

Over the Christmas period the centre held a Christmas party for all children in the Kirk Hallam area. There were activities for all members of the family to enjoy, and also a chance to meet Santa. This was a very popular event! This is what some of the parents said:

A friendly atmosphere, excellent presents from Santa, good activities and great staff.”

Very well organised, great and we are going to come to other activities as a result of this.”

First time my child has ever seen Santa.”

We loved Magical Movers it’s made us dance at home.”

The party enabled parents who would not normally access services to come together make new friendships and have the confidence to access other things.

The Children’s centre have also been able to invest further in their Every Child a Talker (ECAT) initiative. This programme helps children to develop their speech before they enter school. Local and national data shows that children in the Kirk Hallam area can experience significant speech and language delays leading to lower than national average levels of learning and development.

12 weekly sessions are offered to families, who are provided with a ‘family take home pack’. The Big Kirk Hallam funding has been used to provide resources to support the work of their ECAT worker, including outdoor play and sensory equipment and resources, a ‘Teepee communication-friendly Space’ and ‘Every Child A Talker resource packs’ and ‘family take home packs’.

The packs have also been used with identified children in the centre’s ‘Ready for Nursery’ and ‘Talented 2s’ sessions.

So far the project has benefited 4 families who have taken part in ECAT and used resource packs at home and a further 60 families who have received take home resource packs.

The centre now plans to buy more resource packs so that a greater number of families can benefit from the programme.

With thanks to Sophie Keenan, young Big Kirk Hallam News-hub member for her contributions to this post.

The scouts go to Holland!

A Report by Alex Baker (year 9)

Earlier this year in July I was given the chance to go to Holland with the 21st Ilkeston/Kirk Hallam scout pack. I started at the scout pack in Beavers 7 years ago and have ever since been going camping around the country with them. Going to Holland was the first time I had ever been abroad with the 21st and I was extremely excited to go. Before and through the duration of the trip I was unaware that Big Kirk Hallam had funded part of the trip, kindly donating £600 to the troop through the community chest award scheme.

The Holland trip was amazing. We got to go to the national science museum and go swimming at a massive swimming complex! The hut we stayed in was amazing with a small stream running down the side in which we decided to jump and front flip into at night! I would like to say a massive thank you to Big Kirk Hallam for helping fund this amazing trip which will stay with me as a happy memory forever.

The Community Academy’s Autumn Show 2014 – what’s changed?

Kirk Hallam Community Academy hosted the 4th Kirk Hallam autumn Show in the lakeside hall on Saturday 4th October 2014. Members of the community were invited to take part in various growing and creative competitions.

Local food suppliers and businesses had stalls to sell products to the visiting community and produce positive community spirit throughout the event. Around 500 people came through the show on the day, whether to participate in the growing and creative competitions, carry out their food shopping for the week, have their faces painted or visit the Big Kirk Hallam stand to see how their funding had been spent and the plans for future developments.

Big Kirk Hallam has supported this community event so that it can promote community engagement in food production and sustainability. By promoting the growing of produce at home families can learn how to produce cheap and healthy meals packed with vitamins, not to mention the satisfaction of eating something that you’ve grown from seed.

The event was entirely staffed by volunteers from Kirk Hallam Community Academy and the Big Kirk Hallam team. Students from the academy also helped out.

A local charity “Exercise for the Heart” held a store selling balloons for a balloon race which were released at the end of the show. The charity raised in excess of £150 for their charity which supports improving fitness in local people who have had heart related complaints and are wary of putting pressure of their hearts.

The Derbyshire Air Ambulance also raised money to support their vital service to the area.

Overall the event helped to raise awareness of food production, the Big Kirk Hallam project and help support charities who have a wider reach through the years in the wonderful community that is Kirk Hallam.

Adele Chilton

Kirk Hallam Community Academy

What’s changed thanks to Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon took place this year and was a great success with approx. 600 people participating.

Activities such as ‘Slacklining’ kept teenagers involved, while face painting, henna, arts and crafts were offered to younger children.

Erewash Borough Council’s EBC’s PACE (Physically Active Children in Erewash) Co-ordinator came along to offer fruit kebab workshops, and the bubble bike and smoothie bike were also very popular with children of all ages.

A number of organisations and community groups also staffed information stalls.

The community feast was as popular as ever, servicing two different kinds of soups and bread, followed by scones with cream and jam, some of which were made by Kirk Hallam residents through community workshops with Dallimore School.

Nottingham School of Samba came along to assist the lantern procession, when approx. 200 adults and children (plus several dogs!) carried their lanterns through the woods and around the lake before ending back at the meadow at approx. 7.30pm.

Thank you again to Big Kirk Hallam for your support, funding and encouragement to all those involved in Harvest Moon.

Jo Stockdale

What’s changed for the Scouts thanks to the Big Kirk Hallam Community Chest

In the spring round of the Big Kirk Hallam community chest, The Scouts gained a grant for a visit to Holland. Here, Chris Phillips, Scout Leader, tells about the trip.

“Thanks for the donation from the community chest for the scouts. We hired 2 minibuses at a cost of nearly £1000 each, to take 25 scouts, explorers and leaders over to Holland to camp at the headquarters of a Dutch group with whom we have had links with for over 40 years.

After a 2.30am start from Kirk Hallam we travelled by road and sea to the town of Woerden. During our weeks stay we met members of the Dutch scout group. We visited Amsterdam, going on a canal tour of the city. We cycled to a nearby town where the Scouts learned about rope making and we went to a witch weighing museum. We canoed around and into the town for some exploring and shopping. We visited a theme park, an inland beach and went swimming.

We would like to thank the Big Kirk Hallam for their donation of £600 of which just over £400 went towards the trip and the remainder purchased a photocopier / printer for the scout group to use in their communications to the members.”

What’s changed for the cubs with their new tents

In the spring 2014 round of the Big Kirk Hallam community chest, an award was given to the Cubs for new tents. Diane Harris tells us about the cubs first eventful outing with the new equipment purchased thanks to this grant.

“Many thanks to Big Kirk Hallam for granting us £1000 from the community chest. Here is a photo of the cubs sitting outside their new tents.

We were on district camp at the end of July at Sherbrook Scout Camp in Calverton. We had 65 cubs on camp. And – yes – we were on camp when the extreme storm hit us! We were very lucky as we got a 20 minutes warning from many sources to how bad it was. Having a building for cooking and dining was a blessing as we decided to take all personal gear out of the tents and store in there until deciding what to do! We had been informed from another campsite they had lost everything! The last few cubs were running in with their gear when it started! Having the cubs safely tucked up in the building I started a sing song of camp fire songs, whilst other leaders made sure the tents were as secure as we could get them! The water rose but just failed to get into the building!

A couple hours later we all moved back into the tents and all the water subsided with very little water in the tents – they were well and truly tested. I am very happy with the tents we were able to choose!”

Kirk Hallam family fun day

On Saturday 28 June 2014, over 200 families came and enjoyed the Children’s Centre Parent’s Forum’s first (but we hope now annual) fun day. The volunteers and workers tell us why they thought it was a good idea and how well it went.

This short account and all quotes are based on the excellent report from the organisers. Thank you for telling such a great and inspiring story of what’s changed thanks to local vision and action, with the support from Big Kirk Hallam Community Chest.

The fun day “has shown how an accessible community event in Kirk Hallam is beneficial for the community. The day itself was a great success with over 200 local families in attendance; for a first event this was a great success. The volunteers hope to make this an annual event for the families of Kirk Hallam, with the hope of it becoming bigger and better with more volunteers involved in future.

The volunteers wanted to make a special thank you to Big Kirk Hallam for believing in the Parent’s Forum of Kirk Hallam Children’s Centre by donating a grant. Without that the day would not have been possible. Thank you.”

Members of the Parents Forum first met Big Kirk Hallam representatives back in April 2013. They shared their desire for more things to do and places to go for younger children and their families. They wanted the opportunity to be part of the action as volunteers in planning and putting on events. Our report at the time said “They were especially keen that Big Kirk Hallam supports them and other resident groups to run things themselves and take ownership of what change and improvements they want to see happen.” You can see the report of that early meeting here.

Roll on a year and the Parent’s Forum applied to the Community Chest to organise their first event.

“The volunteers wanted to make the fun day free and accessible for all residents. In addition to this they wanted to raise the profile of the Children’s Centre with the aim of bringing more people into the Sure Start Centre as well as improving volunteer numbers.”

The planners also wanted to bring in groups with stalls and information for local residents on health services, jobs, money matters, housing advice, nursery education, library facilities, child care and family support.

“The event was the first one that the volunteers have organised and they provided a good variety of activities for children of all ages. It was held at the local Social Club as it is a large venue with an enclosed park away from the road, which makes it safer for families.”

The attractions included a fun bus, bouncy castles, tropical petting zoo, a raffle, crafts and information and advice.

The feedback from families tells us that all the planning and running of the event were well worth the effort. Here are just a few of the things people said.

“Great day” children really enjoyed it. Nice to see really good event for children in Kirk Hallam J ”

“Really good fun for the kids, especially the animals, face painting and bouncy castles. Just need sunshine!”

“As a family we really enjoyed the fun bus, bouncy castle and animals.”

“Was a great day” the balloon modelling and the bouncy castles were a good idea. My daughter also liked the owl.”

“My favourite part was the animal stand. The animals were so cute.”

“Good afternoon. Great turn out. Lots of different activities for all age groups.”

“Very impressed with what’s on offer for children.”

“I had fun.”

“Well organised with plenty of activities. Lots of free stuff for kids which is good.”

“It’s brilliant that there’s lots of free things for the kids to do. Great mixture of stalls too.”

The second aim of the event was to raise awareness of services and facilities and offer information and advice as needed. The stall holders were delighted to have taken part and were impressed by how things were run and the numbers who came. Here is what they said.

“Just for the record – I registered 18 under 5 new library members on Saturday, plus 6 primary school age, plus 2 teenagers – 26 new library members in all, which is very good going for one event.

I also gave out 48 of the little Ready to Read bags, which is all I’d got with me. I took the names of 4 children who missed out and I’m taking theirs round to their homes when I’m in the area.”

“Had the best craft fair ever – did not stop once!”

“A great day and a good crowd.”

“We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thanks for inviting us along.”

“It was lovely to meet some of the families. I even had one dad asking for information about getting a snake and set up for his son. His son barely lefty my corn snakes alone. We would love to attend another one of your events in the future, so please keep in touch J.”

Big Kirk Hallam is delighted to have supported the Parent’s Forum in planning and running this event. Congratulations for a great achievement.

Lakes and Meadows – a great day for Kirk Hallam residents

Big Kirk Hallam is delighted to support the Lakeside Festival for the second year running. One of the four main themes in the Big Kirk Hallam plan arising from the extensive community conversation is Quality of Life. This focuses on supporting vulnerable groups and on community celebration. The Lakeside Festival is one of four community events each year that Big Kirk Hallam gives funding to in order to encourage celebration and helping to make Kirk Hallam an even better place to live.

Here is some feedback from the organisers. First, from the Lakes and Meadows website.

“The Festival highlights the many aspects of the rich wildlife of the site and also includes other invited organisations with similar aims to help animals, wildlife and the natural world.

The Friends of Kirk Hallam Lake and Meadows would like to thank all volunteers, stall holders, attractions and members of the public for helping to make the Lakeside Festival on Sunday, 6 July such a wonderful success. The general public came out in force, more than ever before and the Friends have had some fantastic, encouraging comments about the event and hope to build on their success on Sunday, 5 July, 2015. Watch this space!

Especial thanks go to Erewash Borough Council, Big Kirk Hallam, Derby University, Derbyshire County Council, Councillors Carol Hart, Michelle Booth and John Frudd for their financial help. Thanks for donations of prizes go to Home Curtains, Nisa Extra Kirk Hallam, Co-operative Food Kirk Hallam, Tesco Ilkeston, Manor Pharmacy Kirk Hallam.”

Big Kirk Hallam also got this kind message from one of the chief organisers of the Lakeside Festival, Esther Collington.

“The Friends of Kirk Hallam Lake and Meadows would like to thank the Big Lottery for the grant of £500 towards our expenses in running the Lakeside Festival on the 6 July. The event was extremely successful and had many more attractions this year, including a Climbing Wall, Magician, fairground amusements, birds of prey, Indian tattoos and dancers, two live bands, Wildlife Workshop, craft stalls, refreshment stalls, pony rides, and, importantly, first aid cover.

Many more people than ever before visited the Festival, many saying what a wonderful afternoon it was, with a lovely atmosphere. Some said it was better than other longer established local events and how they enjoyed the animal and wildlife stalls. The charity stalls invited were very happy with the money they raised, as were the trade stalls. There was something for both old and young, and people from outside of Kirk Hallam visited too, although it seemed, at times, like the whole of Kirk Hallam was there!”

What’s changed for students and parents through Ladywood Primary School trip to Moscow?

“Going to Russia was an amazing experience. Thank you for helping me get there. I had the time of my life,” said one child from the recent school trip to Moscow.

This trip has been a long time in the planning and at last all the hard work rolled into action as eight students, one teacher and the headteacher took off by bus and then by plane to Moscow for an educational visit of fantastic worth.

At the Lakes and Meadows Festival on 7 July, the Big Kirk Hallam community chest panel got to meet the children and their parents. The children were still buzzing from the experience, exchanging occasional words in Russian for good measure. They had visited the science museum, St Basil’s and loads besides.

Parents shared their thoughts about the trip and the support from so many people and groups, including Big Kirk Hallam. Sharon Bennett and many parents had put in a great deal of time and energy into fundraising for this great trip. Sharon had this to say:

“Big thank you for all your support. Big Kirk Hallam community chest is a great committee team. I was nervous about meeting the panel. But I can talk for England once I start. The journey with these children and parents has been amazing. We all learnt a lot from this. It’s also been an experience of a life time for all the children and parents.”

For the headteacher at Ladywood Nursery and Primary School, Melanie Lawson, this was clearly an experience to savour and to remember.

“Thank you for the support. I couldn’t make the Lakes and Meadows festival on Sunday but I feel certain the children did the school proud. I’ve attached a couple of photos for you to keep with the info … St Basil’s …. the astronauts museum and a real life space man!”

Mel Lawson went on to tell us more about the trip.

“The Inspire Space trip was with three other schools in Derbyshire. It is a trip normally for secondary science students but when we were invited to be involved we really couldn’t say no !

The children and families have worked hard to fundraise and plan for the trip. They even learnt some Russian. The trip was for a week. We stayed in a hotel built for the 1980 Olympics and experienced so many things.

We visited the training ground for Astronauts at Star City. We met two astronauts and had a question and answer session with them. The children got to ask all sorts of questions. A couple of my favourites were …”How do you go to the toilet in space?” “Have you seen the film Gravity and is it realistic?” We got to stand in the famous Red Square, travel on the Moscow Metro and spend some Rubles on a delicious ice cream.

I was incredible proud to be part of the trip for so many reasons. The children learnt such a lot and grew in so many ways. They gained in independence and learnt to work as a team.

They also gained an insight into the amazing world of space travel…. You never know one of the children might be the next British Astronaut.

Sharon Bennett and Mel Lawson are clear that the trip could not have happened without massive community backing and many hours and much dedication from parents.

Sharon describes just some of the activities they took on to fundraise.

“Parents have all helped in every way. They organised the school disco; there was the bag collection and the foreign coin bucket collection. There were loads of donations from local companies, including electrical scrap cable donated by my husband’s company.

We held events like the Easter fun afternoon with the hamper kindly donated by Thornton’s for our 1st raffle prize. We had other donations from Roller World, Ilkeston Swimming Baths and Ilkeston football club.

Parents and children took on cake baking, bag packing at B&M and Decathlon, selling raffle tickets and organising a fun day at the Three Horseshoes public house. We joined the Ilkeston Carnival with a cake stall and tombola. We have had two bucket collections at the local Cat & Fiddle public house. Last of all there is a fashion show due in September.

And then there were the totally random acts of kindness. I was talking to a kind gentleman in M&S, while Lewis my son was trying new trousers on; this guy couldn’t believe they were going so young also gave me a £10 donation.

The list goes on and on. We have learnt and gained so much along the way. The parents worked well together. We have gained each other’s trust and achieved long lasting friendship. We met each month. The meetings got longer and longer!”

And the last word should of course go to the children.

“The space museum was brilliant. I really like the model of the international space station.”

“One night we went to see the very same astronaut whose spacesuit we had seen earlier that day. That was so cool!”

“The buildings and statues were magnificent! The gold water fountain was my favourite, it was absolutely enormous!”

“That mission control was amazing. It’s been an amazing trip. An adventure of a life time I will never forget. The church was amazing too.”

“Going to Russia was an amazing experience. The best bit was mission control where the public can’t go, I felt like a top secret agent. Thank you for helping me get there. I had time of my life.”

“When we went to Russia it was very exciting. My favourite bit was when we went to the space museum and we saw how the first rocket went into space.”