October – December 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 Local is half way through. An excellent report charting challenges and achievements is well worth a scan. There are also loads of small film clips from residents about the impact you are making. A more catchy way of capturing the Big Local magic is to listen in to these lyrics written at Big Local Connects 2019. Locally and nationally, to quote Local Trust CEO, “We are telling out story more proudly and it seems to be having an effect.”
Priorities and achievements looking back: running things well and reviewing the partnership, reporting local action and change, managing conflict, community engagement
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 delivery plan is on track, with partner reports regularly monitored on activity invested in, including the Youth Roadshow, Future Greens, Strengthening Communities and Community Hub development work through Vibrant.
Three additional priorities and achievements have been undertaken these last three months. First, Big Warsop completed its annual partnership review. Second, it has sought to act as mediator on a lease agreement between Warsop Youth which owns the community hub building and Vibrant Warsop which has been driving the community development and capacity building to secure the hub’s future. Third, Big Warsop contributed to and is reviewing the implications of a strategic review into health and wellbeing across 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. Fun Palace and Warsop Christmas Market were two events put on by Vibrant which were well received and showed the appetite and desire for community gatherings and celebration. Warsop Tudor Barn Archaeological Project has just secured £47,200 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund which is a great coup, with £5,000 from Big Warsop in match funding.
Key priorities looking ahead
As the year turns, the partnership will be drawing together its consultation findings and begin to focus on building its next delivery plan, due by June 2020. Top priorities are to review learning from community engagement, Strategic Leisure consultation, plan achievements, lessons learnt and community hub viability and then to draft a new plan.