Local Rep’s Update for Quarter 4 2016

October – December 2016

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

This has been a busy and productive three months: the new partnership board has settled in and taken stock of how things are run and what activity is happening to help make Warsop Parish an even better place to live in line with the aims and priorities of the current two year plan. 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. The partnership is also connecting with the wider Big Local programme, having taken part in an event put on by Grassland and Hasmoor Big Local in November and planning a workshop at a Spring event in May.

The plan is full of resident ideas to progress. The partnership is now helping take some of these issues forward for discussion and development, including improving the environment through better outdoor play areas, supporting people for example through supporting a foodbank and supporting new businesses.

Doing things

Seeing the Shed full of folk at the Christmas fair on 9 December was heart-warming and reward for all the commitment, dedication and hard work put in by the trustees and supporters of the Warsop Youth Club. With stalls and fun activities, Santa’s Grotto and performances by local schools and choirs, there was masses to keep the 1,000 strong turnout entertained. Feedback was very positive. The opportunity and challenge is to see this enthusiasm translate into regular use of the Shed throughout the year as a great asset for the Parish.

Vibrant Warsop has made great early progress on its strengthening communities work, looking at connecting people regarding the local economy, the environment and the food share project, also exploring the potential for a youth group in Meden Vale. Four volunteers have also been recruited to Warsop Youth Club.

Other activity continues strongly, including the Community Minibus project. The latest report from Meden School confirms its success, with bookings continuing to grow. The ROLO community chest partnership with the Rotary continues to give small grants to local groups. The Oaklands Centre for example received £500 of funding to start a project to improve the entrance at the centre.

Looking ahead

The challenges for the new year are for our key partner Warsop Youth Club running the Shed to be able to develop and deliver on a plan that sees the potential and the interest in the Shed translating into sufficient income generating activity. As David Marriott, Secretary of Sir John Eastwood Foundation said at the Christmas Fair: “Use it or lose it.”

A second challenge more specifically for the Big Warsop partnership is to support interested residents and partners in developing and taking ownership of some key opportunities in the plan but needing leadership and steering to transform vision into reality.

In February, Big Warsop is looking to invite community members and partners as last year to the Hostess to share and celebrate the year’s achievements, incorporating Warsop Awards.

Bill Badham

Big Local Rep