July – September 2018
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.
The partnership continues to meet monthly and partner agreements, reports on activities, minutes of meetings and stories of action and change are all posted on the website. Monthly financial updates are provided by the Local Trusted Organisation, Mansfield CVS.
The AGM was held in September at the Parish Centre on 19 September, attracting about 30 people from across the Parish. This was the first time the AGM was held away from Market Warsop itself and helped draw in different people. Three presentations about children and mental health, family support and the environment, showed the impact and change Big Warsop is enabling. Four new resident members joined the partnership, strengthening its representation across the Parish.
The chair and vice chair are part of an action learning group, linking with other Big Local areas and sharing ideas about for example housing projects for continuing community benefit. And I have written a blog on How Things are Run in Big Local to highlight how local resident control is going hand in hand with sound governance and financial management.
The Plan for 2018 to 2020 is in place and already enabling action across its main themes and priorities. Service Level Agreements are in place for the Community Hub, the Strengthening Communities theme, Future Greens, The Youth Roadshow and the Children’s Centre.
Meanwhile another Successful Year for Warsop Carnival is reported on the website. Big Warsop provides support for the Carnival to help local groups reach out to the wider community and raise much-needed funds. And the Autumn Round of Community Chest is underway to fund projects that benefit the local community.
Members of the partnership are also actively involved in looking to secure the future viability of Meden Sports Centre for the community, including visiting a site run by BeActive and continuing discussions with representatives of NOVA and Meden School and the County Council.
The partnership has recently invested £9.5k in the Freedom project supporting vulnerable people in the Parish and is helping Wellbeck Lions FC through the Strengthening Communities theme to look at future sustainability. In October, The Shed is running an innovative Fun Palace to Celebrate the Creativity of Community.
But perhaps most critically, decisions about the sports centre are likely to be coming to ahead these next three months and the partnership remains committed to support a community initiative to enable at least part of the complex to remain open for public use.