October – December 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. In the autumn, the partnership welcomed Steve Morris, MCVS’s new CEO and welcomed his support and personal interest in Big Warsop. One issue the partnership has raised is the level of scrutiny required by the LTO for more complex contracts, especially where working with vulnerable people.
After the AGM in September, the partnership was delighted to welcome four new members, strengthening the group and adding to its diversity. The partnership also undertook its annual review in the autumn and agreed minor changes to its constitution. It was sad to lose the comms expertise of Kate Boughton but has plans to build on her legacy.
Activity across the main themes and priorities of the Plan is progressing well and in line with Service Level Agreements, including with the Community Hub, the Strengthening Communities theme, Future Greens, the Youth Roadshow and the Children’s Centre.
In October, the Shed was awash with colour and noise as the community came together for Warsop’s first ever Fun Palace. More than 100 people of all ages joined in the fun and took the opportunity to learn some new skills as part of the nationwide Fun Palaces weekend. These annual free events are run by local people for local people and celebrate culture at the heart of our communities.
In November, Creative Warsop brought together groups and people from across the Parish to construct a very special poppy sculpture as part of this year’s Remembrance commemorations. Big Warsop is supporting Creative Warsop, a project aimed at empowering people in Warsop.
In December, three events were held. Community spirit continues to strengthen across the parish, with over 600 people coming to the event at the Shed. Events at Warsop Vale and info tech were also well supported.
The Freedom project is up and running, supporting vulnerable people in the Parish. The Autumn Round of Community Chest has taken place in partnership with the Rotary and local groups have received valuable grants. An exciting new proposal was approved for the Friends of the Carrs to contribute £10k in a bid of £135k to upgrade the site and equipment. And the Oaklands garden project was awarded £7k in support of work with older residents.
The partnership remains committed to securing the long term use of the sports centre for the community and continues to be part of strategic meetings with Nottinghamshire County, Mansfield District Council and Warsop Parish Council. The Malcolm Sargison Centre is waiting for the solicitor response about how best to proceed. Sadly the Creating Civic Change bid was not successful against stiff competition.
The partnership looks forward to a busy next few months, especially regarding building the level of community engagement in the year ahead. To this end a working group has been set up. The RoLo partnership may seek to explore the potential of other partners joining RoLo. And in seeking to share resources and build capacity, there may be opportunities to recruit to a joint administration post serving a number of groups in the community. And with Info Tech celebrating its 25 anniversary, an event to acclaim this landmark is likely!