April – 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.
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. Monthly financial updates are provided by the Local Trusted Organisation, Mansfield CVS.
The partnership continues to combine effective management of existing work with ambitious community leadership. Through a sub group, it keeps close watch on how current funded work is contributing to Big Warsop’s vision through monitoring quarterly reports, giving feedback to partners when required, putting reports on the website and creating and sharing stories of action and change across the parish, including through Warsop and District News. The partnership also actively promotes new initiatives across the parish, extending Big Warsop’s reach and impact among residents, as with the second Warsop Vale Easter event in April. Big Warsop continues to play a significant part in local advocacy for retaining and developing the local leisure facility and is supporting a “Strategic Leisure” consultation over the summer in response to poor health outcomes in the area.
Activity across the main themes and priorities of the Plan is progressing well and in line with Plan Agreements. Reports in the last quarter were received and approved from Vibrant on the community hub developments, Warsop Youth Club, Future Greens, the Freedom Project, Children’s Centre. Funding has also been approved for Warsop Infotech to build its capacity and match funding for Warsop PCC to support a Heritage Fund submission. The spring round of RoLo, the community chest partnership with Rotary, gave out ten grants to a range of local groups, totalling £3452.77.
Communications headlining Vibrant and Big Warsop’s partnership and successes have gone from strength to strength. Vibrant’s publication soon to be on line, Stronger Together, measures change, outcomes and wider impact from 2016 to 2018 and lasting legacy, highlighting investment generated, groups directly supported and new partnerships established, including the Health and Wellbeing subgroup. A four page spread in Warsop and District News has been delivered to every household in the parish. Recently, Vibrant and Warsop Youth gained an additional £39k from the Reaching Communities Development Fund to build the capacity and capability of the Shed, the community hub
The partnership will be furthering its community and engagement strategy over the summer, celebrating success, gaining feedback and building toward what may be the final Big Warsop plan in June 2020. The Warsop Carnival in July offers a big opportunity to spread the news and gain broad brush feedback from residents on progress. A summer celebration event in August at the Shed and the AGM in September will be opportunities to speak with people in more detail.