January – March 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 all posted on the website. Monthly financial updates are provided by the Local Trusted Organisation, Mansfield CVS.
The new resident partnership members have brought fresh insights and connections which strengthen Big Warsop. The partnership is working well under the guidance and direction of the chair, Maddy Pritchard, with Lesley Watkins now focusing her time on community health and wellbeing. Vicky Kennedy has joined the team as plan co-ordinator, already introducing a project tracking system which helps with the overview of activity and progress. Communications via the website and through social media are in good shape, with a replacement for Kate Boughton being sought to increase capacity.
A subgroup of the partnership has developed a communications and engagement plan to orchestrate resources and maximise reach across the parish, to share the message of Big Warsop and to enable residents to influence the direction of the new plan due in June 2020.
Friends of the Carrs plans to upgrade the site and equipment have received a further boost of £40k from Veolia. They are now looking at site plans put forward by Street Scape.
The Spring Round of Community Chest in partnership with the Rotary is in progress and applications being assessed during April. The Freedom project is running well, supporting vulnerable people in the Parish.
An excellent, colourful and informative booklet has been drafted called Growing Stronger Together. It shares the work and outcomes achieved through Vibrant’s Strengthening Communities activity. Copies will be printed and distributed to demonstrate wider impact and lasting legacy.
New applications have been received and approved by the partnership, including the innovative Take 5 project developed and delivered by Each Amazing Breath, enabling children to manage and reduce stress and tension through peer support.
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 partnership looks forward to a busy next few months, including building the level of community engagement. First up will be the Warsop Vale Easter event, organised by Warsop Vale Residents this provides Big Warsop opportunity to support local groups and enabling us to have conversations, raise awareness, and begin to build trust and relationships. The partnership is keen to explore what more could be done to support adult training, especially to consider how a training co-ordinator could improve capacity and take up.