Local Rep’s Update for Quarter 3 2017

July to September 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 partnership has evolved again this year. The AGM was held at the Town Hall in September and posts of chair and vice chair appointed at the first subsequent partnership meeting. Micheal Johnson continues as vice chair and Maddy Pritchard takes over from Michael Smith as chair. Michael remains on the partnership group after three years as chair guiding Big Warsop through its first three delivery plans. As incoming chair, Maddy has talked with the Local Trusted Organisation, Mansfield CVS, agreeing how to ensure effective accountability and regular and accurate financial information for the partnership.

Doing things

Over the summer, some existing and established activity has continued and other projects launched. The Carnival was a success again thanks to the sterling work of a small dedicated team.  Sure Start and Children’s Centre took on a range of summer activities for children and families and Baby Yoga was one such project that was much valued. And over the summer a Youth Roadshow offered a series of pop-up youth clubs. Each session attracted an average of 35 people. The pop-up sessions are funded by Big Warsop and delivered by Warsop Youth in partnership with Sport 4 Kidz. The Youth Roadshow programme will run until June 2018 with monthly sessions across the Big Local area. The last round of ROLO community chest gave funding of £3000 to eleven local groups. An autumn round has been launched. A new venture has also started with the launch of environmental projects.

Looking ahead

In the autumn, the partnership will undertake its annual review to confirm its membership and reflect on how it is working. The partnership’s priority is to map out the way in which it wants to review and build toward the new plan which is due late spring 2018.