July – September 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.
Big Warsop held its AGM in September, with resident members elected to the partnership and inspiring stories of action and change shared.
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.
Three members of the partnership took part in the national Big Local Connects event in Nottingham, sharing their experience and expertise and learning from others around the country. The chair is on a task group co-ordinated by Locality about developing community hubs. There continue to be close relations with Vibrant Warsop which supports many of the local groups and activities in the parish.
Activity across the main themes and priorities of the Plan is progressing well and in line with Plan Agreements. Warsop and District News continues to be a successful means to share information and success across the parish, including on the July Carnival and the August Big Thank You when over 100 volunteers were recognised for their contribution in helping make Warsop Parish an even better place to live. “The motivation for most volunteers is simply doing something worthwhile that brings joy to others…The reality is there is much work involved, real graft and sometimes it can be emotionally challenging on many levels.”
Vibrant Warsop has gained £39k development funding after 18 months of discussion with National Lottery Community Fund. The fund is provided in order to bring in resource to support groups through the planning stage and ready for a Capital application. A condition of future capital funding from the Community Fund is that Vibrant must have a lease on the building for at least 5 years after any capital project has been completed. Warsop Youth Club Trustees has agreed to grant a lease on the building. This lease is now being drawn up and will replace the management agreement originally drafted.
Big Warsop also continues to play a significant part in local advocacy for retaining and developing the local leisure facility, supporting a “Strategic Leisure” consultation over the summer in response to poor health outcomes in the area.
The partnership continued 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 offered a big opportunity to spread the news and gain broad brush feedback from residents on progress. The Big Thank You and the AGM proved good opportunities to speak with people in more detail.
The autumn is busy with activity, including sequels to the successful Fun Palace and Christmas fair events at the Shed in October and December. As the year turns, the partnership will be drawing together its consultation findings and begin to focus on building its next and possibly last delivery plan.