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

BKH MINUTES 2017.07.12.docx


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.

Newsletter June 2017

Here is an e copy of our 10th newsletter. The newsletter is delivered to all households in the Kirk Hallam area

The contents include a memorial to hazel cooper; details of the community chest; welcome to Alisya Hill, the community development worker at the community centre; job opportunity for caretaker / cleaner; results of the survey; plans for the Big Kirk Hallam Great get together event; letters from residents and a few words from Partnership Group new member Alex Harris.



Big Kirk Hallam Community Centre grand reopening

Today’s the day!

Come along and have some fun – there’s things to do for all the family

have a burger / hotdog for free on us

See you later

welcome Alisya

Alisya Hill is the new community development worker based at the Big Kirk Hallam Community Centre


We caught up with Alisya and asked her why she had applied for the role. She said

“When I saw the advert I thought it was the perfect job for me; I love meeting people, making a difference to the community and organising things. I want to make the community centre a thriving environment where people feel comfortable to come in for a chat, try out activities and meet other people.”

Alisya is really keen to meet as many of you as possible so pop along to the community centre to catch up with her.

Both Jsan and Alisya are working through the results of the recent survey about things you wanted to see taking place at the community centre so keep an eye out for new activities being organised in the near future

Results of our survey

We had a good response to our recent survey about the future use of the community centre, with support for all of the following:

Community café; bookswap, advice sessions, banking / credit union; meeting rooms for self help groups; breakfast club; DIY classes; film club; parent and toddler groups; help with filling in forms; food bank and clothing bank; help with computers and smartphones; cookery classes; exercise groups; arts and craft sessions; job hunting; tea dances; community choir. We also received the following suggestions; table top sales; gardeners club; friendship club; bereavement information; adult education classes; companion club

We also had some queries and concerns about the potential for noise impact, in particular from residents who live close to the community centre and questions about the funding.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed and Alisya and Jsan will work through all the suggestions.

Keep an eye out for new activities starting at the community centre