Big Local Rep’s quarterly report April to June 2019

As your Big Local Rep every three months or so, 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.

Looking back

Running things

Big Kirk Hallam progresses well. 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. The activity monitoring sub group met in May and approved all partner reports.

The partnership has started a thorough review to help set direction for the next four years. In June, the group used a traffic light system to plot progress of all funded activities and related challenges set out in the last plan against background statistics. The majority are green, with some on amber as they develop and a very few stuck on red for the time being. In the autumn Jane Bettany will lead a resident conversation to refresh the background profile that underpins the vision, priorities and activities of each plan.

In April, three members of Local Trust team visited, Matt Leach, Chief Executive of Local Trust, Georgie Burr and Fiona Cowley. Matt emailed the chair to say:

“It was really inspiring to see quite how many people were using the Community Centre and the extent to which Big Local funding has enabled it to become such a great resource for the whole community. It was also great to get such a sense of the strength of your local partnerships and the incredible level of energy and activity you are helping to happen across your area.”

And at the same time, a heart-warming email was received from a resident. “I’m proud of how Big Kirk Hallam has created somewhere that families feel welcome to go and do things with their children that’s readily available and affordable.”

Doing things

Two notable developments are strengthening the delivery of a range of activities for residents. First, a number of the groups are becoming more and more self-running, gaining in confidence in managing their own activities and offering valued opportunities and support to residents. Second, there is good news on responding to some key areas of need that have been especially hard to progress for lack of local capacity and prolonged cuts to services supporting children, young people and their families. A new agreement is in place to support young carers across the two primary schools and the academy. A range of holiday activities are now in place through a partnership with Erewash Borough Council. The Freedom programme is being brought to Kirk Hallam to help challenge domestic abuse. In addition a partnership with Erewash Borough Council may lever in public health funding for work to combat isolation.

Looking ahead

The partnership funds a number of community activities over the summer, including Lakes and Meadows, the church garden party and an event at the community centre. Looking to the autumn, the partnership remains very keen to support a young people’s forum feeding into the main partnership governance structure. In the autumn, the community conversation will develop to review and refresh Big Kirk Hallam’s vision and priorities leading into the next plan in June 2020.

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May Partnership Group meeting minutes

Here are the minutes of the May Partnership Group meeting

they include:

Update on the visit by Matt Leach, CEO of Local trust

An update on what’s happening at the community centre

An update of the approvals for payment from the monitoring sub committee

Details of the scope of the mid programme review

BKH minutes 2019.08.may

 

Minutes of the April partnership group meeting

Here are the minutes of the April Partnership group meeting

They include

An idea for a schools community based project

An update on whats happening at the community centre

A finance update

Actions raised from the monthly scrutiny of the plan and delivery projects

Approval for a mid term review of the 10n year plan

Matt Leach CEO of Local Trust visiting Big Kirk Hallam 26 AprilBKH minutes 2019.10.04

Endorsement for Big Kirk Hallam from residents and Local Trust

On Friday 26 April, the Big Kirk Hallam partnership welcomed and met with Matt Leach, Chief Executive of Local Trust which is the managing agent for Big Local. Also with him were Georgie Burr and Fiona Cowley from the central team, all three taking the opportunity to see first-hand how residents are leading local change.

Matt, Georgie and Fiona met with residents using the café and taking part in various activities, enjoying an excellent lunch themselves. They met with partnership members and took a quick tour of the area. Afterwards, Matt contacted Tracy Thorp, our chair.

Reflections from Matt Leach

“Massive thanks to you, Amanda, Mark, Christine, Jsan and all the rest of your team for such a warm welcome to Kirk Hallam last Friday, the excellent lunch from your fantastic café and the opportunity to learn so much about what you’ve all achieved.

It was really inspiring to see quite how many people were using the Community Centre and the extent to which Big Local funding has enabled it to become such a great resource for the whole community. It was also great to get such a sense of the strength of your local partnerships and the incredible level of energy and activity you are helping to happen across your area.”

And then Matt added a nudge to Tracy:

“It was great to see you booking places to attend Big Local Connects in September. I’ll get back to you closer to the date to check whether you are up for joining me on stage to welcome people the East Midlands at the start of the event!”

Thanks from one resident

After their visit, we also got a wonderful email from one resident who wanted to add her own special thanks to Big Kirk Hallam.

“I didn’t get round to saying that I’m proud of how Big Kirk Hallam has created somewhere that families feel welcome to go and do things with their children that’s readily available and affordable. My son looks forward to stay and play and cinema club every school holidays and my eldest son (14) practically lived on the skate park last summer! Without these things being available on our doorstep it would cost me an arm and a leg to access them separately elsewhere. So I’m very grateful.

I always try to entice friends to come along to whatever we attend, because I feel if there’s a need and a want for it then hopefully, it will continue in the longer term.

Thank you all for the hard work and dedication to the community.”

Last thoughts from Georgie Burr

“I just wanted to drop a note to say thank you so much for hosting us on Friday, for your time (especially Tracy and Amanda on your last day of your holiday) and really tasty lunch! Hearing about the number of activities provided – and connections being made through these – was really inspiring.

I was regaling stories of all the activities being run by the volunteers to my family and my Mum remarked that she didn’t reckon she could run her community lunch every week at 84 – so impressive.”

Minutes of the March Partnership Group meeting

Here are the minutes of the Partnership group meeting held on 13 March 2019

Issues discussed included

  • Update on the community centre
  • Update from the report monitoring panel with the following reports approved for payment
      • Plan Coordinator February
      • Stay and Play February
      • Newsletter publication and delivery
  • Results of the February community chest
  • Draft terms of reference for the community chest panel and monitoring sub committee
  • Discussion about whether to do an independent mid term review to look at progress
  • An idea for a schools community based project

BKH minutes 2019.13.03