July – September 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.
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. The partnership is in good shape and running things well, with vision, energy and application. It gets a good balance between checking on how current community priorities in the plan are going with looking head and scoping new ideas. In the summer for example, all recent activity reports were checked before payment was released and follow up was undertaken where concerns about performance were raised. An overview was given by the plan co-ordinator of projects and funding, with direction for the coming year approved by the partnership. Service Level Agreements for new projects have been put in place. The partnership also took the opportunity to review and confirm its terms of reference including what is expected of resident members.
The use of the Community Centre grows and plans advance for launching the community café. A number of groups regularly meet at the centre, with more interest and new bookings coming in. A complaint from a neighbour about noise after a specific event was responded to warmly with practical actions agreed. The plan co-ordinator continues to be on the community centre management committee also giving support to the community development worker.
Good links with another Big Local area in Chesterfield and through partnership with Fareshare and Derbyshire County Council helped progress the holiday play and stay scheme over the summer. The project went extremely well with between 40 and 50 children accessing the project. The feedback obtained by DCC from parents and children was very positive. The partnership approved the continuation of the scheme. The last round of the community chest saw grants made to the Brownies, Pop up café, Warm Welcome Club and AFC Kirk Hallam who showed how big achievements can come from small grants, saying “Thank you for everything you and your team have done, it’s helped us massively.”
Three people from Kirk Hallam will take part in the national event in October in Derby on young people at the heart of Big Local, co-chairing and presenting examples of how children and young people have contributed so much since the very start of Big Kirk Hallam. Looking ahead to December, plans are in place for combining the AGM with Big Kirk Hallam/s first community awards called the Big Kirk Hallam Thank you. The Annual report will be distributed to all residents.