Around 80 people took part in our Community Celebration and Conversation on Friday 5 February 2016, including residents from Warsop Parish, and partners and representatives from community groups and local organisations, including Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire County Council and Mansfield District Council.
The event celebrated local achievements and the great work being delivered within the community, and was a chance for Big Warsop to consult with local experts on the latest developments within the area.
Chair of Big Warsop, Michael Smith, opened the event by saying:
There are many people, groups and organisations who work really hard to help make our communities great places to live and tonight we want to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements. This event is an opportunity for Big Warsop to exchange information, talk to local people and partners about what’s happening in the Parish and get your ideas on how we should invest Big Lottery funding over the next few years.
A presentation was then made summarising some of the key achievements so far, as well as an update on the budget. You can read the presentation slides here:
Big Warsop partners shared an overview of some of the activities and projects funded so far, including £100k to help Warsop Youth Club transform a building donated by the Sir John Eastwood Foundation into a community hub, and the recent investment of £35k in a community bus in partnership with Meden School. You can read the overview slides here:
The second half of the event focused on group discussions to share information and highlight local issues and community needs.
Each group was asked to think of one ‘big idea’ that they would like to see delivered by Big Warsop. The ideas generated included:
Youth groups interacting with older residents, support for health problems, education of errors, more vocational opportunities.
Advertise the Adam Eastwood Building. Promote it at an open event. Have the mini bus there to view. Housing a market in the building.
Activities during school holidays to keep children out of trouble.
Encourage more people to be involved.
Outdoor gym equipment at the CARS if possible. An equipped park with things for young people.
Networking between organisations through a quarterly newsletter dedicated to charitable and community organisations, to highlight events, facilities available etc.
A community event based on food that includes foods of the world representing different cultures and traditions and a food market based in the hub. The event could also include music.
The groups were also asked to think about what Big Warsop could do better to support them, and consider the top three priorities/issues across the Parish.
Finally, Big Warsop asked for feedback on how to help local groups, organisations and delivery partners work together. Ideas included:
More opportunities to get together.
A directory of services.
A part-time community development worker to be the contact point for groups and to pull together people and ideas – in a central location.
Big Warsop could hold its monthly meetings in different areas of the Parish and seek to open these up to residents to help them find out more about what Big Warsop is doing.
Create a list of groups in the Parish showing what they can do with contact details.
The feedback from the discussions will be used by Big Warsop to help steer the Big Local plan for the next three years.
“The lively conversations around the tables showed that local people have real passion for improving the area and making our communities even better,” Michael Smith said. “The Big Warsop Partnership Group will now analyse the feedback received from the event and use it to inform decisions about how we should invest funding over the next three years.”