The Annual report from Home Start for 2017: A fantastic family support project funded by Big Local, providing a safe place for families to meet and activities for them to complete together, helping real people in our area.
Welcoming an exciting new year for our area, we look back at a successful 2017 and all the wonderful things that were achieved
We celebrated a very successful summer with around 1400 children attending the many and varied activities that we put on. A proud moment for us was 'The Big Picnic' an end of summer community engagement event with a family focus. Filled with free activities for the children and useful information about services on your doorstep that are available such as Home Start, Wyre Forest Community Housing and Living Well.
It's that time of the year again when Springfield Park is greeted with an abundance of ghosts and ghouls. October saw the return of Springfield's Halloween event, where the Big Local organised a Fancy Dress contest, distributing sweets to all the trick-or-treaters.
'Tis The Season
December was full of festive fun for Big Local and its surrounding areas.
We created crafts on our stall at the Horsefair's Christmas event, helping the children make decorations for their trees. A delightful day, giving even more children the opportunity to enjoy the spirit of Christmas.
Santa spread some seasonal magic by visiting Sion Hill this winter. Joined by Big Local partners and the local Police team, Santa came knocking on the childrens doors leaving them each with a chocolate treat and a huge smile.
Enjoying Our Wonderful Parks
Over the course of last year, we have donated benches to our local parks, including a fitting memorial bench to Mr Tee located by the Horsefair ringroad island.
These benches are based in St. George's Park, Springfield Park, Broadwaters Park and Baxter Gardens. Aiming to enhance relaxation and social interaction in public areas, creating an inclusive place for all to visit.
In May, Blossom Tree Cafe opened in Springfield Park, a community cafe launched as a collaborative project between Wyre Forest Special School and Friends of Springfield Park.
The aim was to provide a community facility in Springfield Park while giving Wyre Forest School students employability and life skills, which has been a huge success so far.
Grants We Have Awarded
Citizens Advice Bureau: Wyre Forest Directory- fully supported for the next three years
Diamond Dance Academy- Icon competition
West Mercia Police- promotional items to help engage with the younger community
Friends of Springfield: Blossom Tree Café- funding for furnishings
Wyre Forest Reaching Out- seaside trip
St. Mary's Primary School- educational theatre visit
St. Oswald's Primary School- community allotment and green space
Mr Tee in the Park- funded, planned by Friends of St. Georges and Horsefair and Proud
St. Mary's Primary School- sensory garden and reflection area
Friends of Broadwaters- jungle gym in the park
Horsefair and Proud- santa's grotto
Barbecue At St. Ambroses
During the summer the partners also enjoyed a big celebration, getting together at St. Ambrose Social Club to enjoy a barbecue in the sunshine and an awards ceremony. The event gave us the chance to acknowledge some of our local resident's who have all given a great deal to their community and to Big Local.
Several of the partners also attended training to become a 'Dementia Friend', a government scheme that teaches people about dementia and how to give support to people with the condition. We are proud to be part of a growing network of people creating dementia friendly communities together.
A massive thank you to everyone that has helped to make the year such a successful one, creating an even stronger community spirit. We're now a month into the new year, feeling optimistic and cannot wait to share our exciting projects and plans for 2018 with you!
Big Local DY10 Grant enables valuable Community Directory to go live.
Back in November, Big Local DY10 held the Big Engagement Breakfast, to open a dialogue with local agencies, community groups and service providers to explore how to better engage with vulnerable families in the Big Local DY10 area. One of the outcomes was a call for a Directory of available services/clubs/organisations that could be accessed by both service providers and service users. Big Local circulated a questionnaire in an attempt to pull this together with limited success.
However, it came to light that a very comprehensive Directory had recently existed, hosted by the Wyre Forest Citizens Advice Bureau. On review, it was exactly what was required containing over 400 organisations listed in the searchable database. Unfortunately money to host and maintain the website had run out.
Big Local DY10 awarded a £2000 grant to enable WFCAB to re-activate the web site and provide support.
Big Local DY10 are delighted to announce that the Community Directory website is now live and funded for the next three years!
This year the Big Local DY10 Partnership have a great programme of activities for the local children, beginning on 25th July and running through to 26th August. Go to http://www.biglocaldy10.org/activities to view the calendar and see flyers for various events. Make sure you are following on Twitter and like us on Facebook to receive updates and alerts.
Head of St Oswalds, Joel Marshall (standing) From left, Megan Hawthorne, Maisie Thomasson, Chair of Big Local DY10 Grants Committee, John Stevenson, Samuel Burkett, Kieran Price
GREEN-FINGERED pupils at a Broadwaters school have been awarded a grant of £2,000 to help build a new garden. St Oswalds Primary School have been handed the cash by Big Local DY10 – a lottery-funded initiative that is bringing £1 million into Horsefair, Broadwaters and Greenhill over the next few years. Funding will enable the children to complete their vision of a 'Smelly Garden', which will contain a variety of fragrant plants and allow pupils to grow food and help with its upkeep. Joel Marshall, headteacher, said: "Smelly Garden is the title that they came up with and it really fired their imagination – you know what children are like! "We will be focusing on growing fragrant plants, rosemary, onions, garlic plus all the other less pungent plants and herbs and they will then be learning how to use them in the school kitchen. "There is a clear need for this project as shown by examination of Public Health England's Health Profile 2014. "In our area children are not aware of what healthy, nutritious food looks like. "Through conversations between staff and pupils it became clear that children do not have opportunities to engage with outdoor activities in a safe way." The school’s application was chosen by Big Local DY10 due to the skill it offers to children. John Stevenson, chair of the Big Local DY10 grants committee, said: "We felt that the children would become more aware of their local environment and where their food comes from. "They would learn what constitutes a healthy and active lifestyle and by taking part in something bigger than themselves, their participation would have a lasting impact. "This is what Big Local is all about."
St Oswalds CE Primary School and the Big Local DY10 are looking for an apprentice who has a professional approach and is full of good ideas to raise the profile of both the school and the local community led project.
Weekly wage £99.00
Working week: 30 hours Apprenticeship duration: Approximately 12 months Possible start date: 13 Jun 2016 Apprenticeship level: Advanced Level Apprenticeship
Positions: This is a fantastic opportunity to gain an Advanced Level Social Media qualification whilst gaining valuable experience.
The remit of this dual role will be very similar. Your role will be to raise the profile and promote activities to a wider audience through;
Strategic planning of social media activities
Managing the content of the websites and making sure they are interesting, informative and up to date (including written content, photographs and video footage)
Digital marketing campaigns
Creating a social media presence through platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Writing and promoting good news stories
Assisting with writing and promoting newsletters
Attending meetings and events relevant to the job role
Using your initiative and creativity to come up with new and fresh ideas
(L-R) back row Dawn (Horsefair and Proud), Richard, Rich, Taro (all Specsavers) Spike (Horsefair and Proud) Tony (Specsavers). Front row Lesley and Debbie (Specsavers)
THE historic Horsefair area of Kidderminster was handed a makeover on Friday, May 13.
Members of the community joined forces to sand down railings, plant new flowerbeds and also re-paint railings, benches, bollards and the base of the horse statue.
The work was carried out by Horsefair and Proud community group and six staff members from Specsavers IGS Group, who helped revitalise the area as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility day.
The event was organised by Alex Powell of the The Big Local DY10 Partnership, which aims to improve the Horsefair, Broadwaters and Greenhill areas of Kidderminster through volunteer work.
Tony Browne, General Manager of Specsavers IGS group, said: "Thank you to Alex and the team for organising such a terrific day.
"It was great to be invited to work with such a devoted group of individuals who showed what can be made possible by working alongside the local community and to be able to evidence the transformational effect the team can have on a local area and the difference it can make to local people."
Local businesses also provided contributions, including refreshments courtesy of grocery store Nisa. The Old Peacock and Blue Bell pubs offered their facilities to workers, while Tasty House take-away and builders from Croft helped water plants. WFDC Parks and Open Spaces Team also provided advice on appropriate plants and equipped workers with the tools required, while litter was picked up by Rev Nigel Taylor.
Gardener and Horsefair and Proud member, Spike Betterton, added: "It is great to be involved in a project that aims to improve an often undervalued area of Kidderminster."
If you are interested in learning more about the Horsefair and getting involved in local activities, search for 'Horsefair and Proud' on Facebook.
The computer bus will visit our area on Wednesday 6th April. The bus will be located at St George’s Church, Radford Ave. This is a free session, whereby individual’s can just turn up to find out more about accessing information via the internet and have a go at using a laptop.