Local Rep’s Update for Quarter 2 2017

April to June 2017

As your Big Local Rep, every three months 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.

Looking back

Running things

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.

Big Warsop continues to be working well in support of local resident priorities, meeting monthly to review activity and plan ahead. The website had a glitch but is up and running again, showcasing activity and examples of what’s changed through the funding invested in local groups, activities and organisations.

From the partnership, Jimi Ball has stood down and Michael Johnson has taken his place as vice-chair. Jimi remains strongly linked to Big Warsop through Vibrant Warsop and the Shed.

Linking further afield, Jimi and Michael Smith ran a very successful workshop on big projects and partnership working at the Spring event in May.

Doing things

The partnership agreed to significant further funding to establish the Shed as an ongoing viable concern, extending use and increasing turnover. The initial agreement is for one year’s funding with the potential for a further two years totalling £105,000 depending on resident priorities arising in the new plan due in a year’s time.

Big Warsop’s investment also funds Vibrant Warsop to support the Strengthening Communities theme, through promoting local volunteering opportunities, personal development to help build capacity and confidence, the development of an information exchange for Warsop Parish and improving networking and project development. Warsop Youth Club provides youth activities at The Shed on Monday evenings for young people aged 7 to 11 and 11 to 19 years. Shaping Little Stars is a parent and toddler group run by six residents. Other local projects Vibrant Warsop has provided support for include Creative Warsop, Sport4Kidz, and the Footpaths Group.

The Creative Warsop programme offers a range of crafting courses and workshops to help local people discover their creative talents. All of the Creative Warsop sessions are taught in a fun, hands-on way and lead to opportunities to create something good in the community.

Sure Start Children’s Centre’s latest report outlines the family engagement activities, including a ten-week breastfeeding training programme, a baby yoga course and the Incredible Years parenting programme.

Meanwhile, the Community Mini Bus continues to be well used, with local groups including schools, Scout groups, sports clubs, the Rotary and the Air Cadets.

Looking ahead

The partnership is keen to refresh and extend community links and will consider how best to do this in the autumn after the AGM, which is set for 13 September. 

Success breeds success. The youth club sessions are facilitated by a small team of paid sessional staff and four regular adult volunteers. Additionally, the young volunteer team has been increased to three people and Vibrant Warsop is planning to hold a series of development events with the Youth Club’s team of volunteers. The volunteers are keen to start a youth provision in Meden Vale and Vibrant Warsop is helping them to identify possible venues and funding opportunities that would enable this aim to be achieved. The development of a youth work “roadshow” is also being considered, which would see Warsop Youth Club delivering a series of local “pop-up youth clubs” in villages across the parish, including Meden Vale. Hopefully they will also take part in October’s national Big Local event in Allenton on involving young people in Big Local.