Elderly residents from the Broadwaters community got more than just a hearty meal and good company at their new Sunday Lunch Club held at St Oswald's Primary School on March 17th courtesy of the Broadwaters Residents Action Group (BRAG). They also had the opportunity to put forward their views and ideas on how their community will benefit from the investment of at least £1million of Big Lottery money which has been allocated to the area.
This initial lunch was run by volunteers and funded by the BIG Local DY10 project to raise awareness of this innovative resident led project that will direct the investment of at least £1million in the area to make it a better place to live. At the Lunch Club residents could find out how they can get involved and were able to give their opinions on how they think the money could be used to make a positive and lasting difference to the area. BRAG intends to build on this success and make the Community Lunch a regular monthly event.
BRAG Chair, Mrs Sarah Rook said, 'We welcome the opportunity to give our community the chance to have a say in how the £1million is used along with providing a much needed service to those residents who are elderly and, or alone and offer them a meal and company in a friendly environment. We are delighted with the turnout today and expect the numbers to increase quickly as word spreads.' She added, 'We propose to eventually be offering the lunch to between 40 and 50 people. We won't exclude those elderly local residents who have children in their care, the Community Sunday Lunch will be offered to the whole family in those cases.'
The next Sunday Lunch is on Sunday 21st April, 12.30 p.m. At St Oswald's Primary School. Places must be booked in advance with the payment of just £1 to secure your seat. Additional voluntary contributions may be made on the day. For further information please call Sarah Rook on 01562 720135 or visit: www.broadwatersresidentactiongroup.weebly.com
Some of you will have already met members of our team of volunteer 'Community Researchers' at the events we have held recently. These volunteers are out and about talking with local people about the project and finding out what they like about the area, what they think could be improved and their ideas on how £1million investment in our area could make a difference. Over the coming months they will be at the various community events organised by the Big Local DY10 project.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to put your views forward and would like to contribute please complete the online version of the questionnaire. All the views collected during this stage of the project will be used to create a 'profile' of the are which will help understand what people like about the area and what they think could be improved. All of these views will be used to create a plan on how £1million investment could make our area an even better place to live.
To complete the questionnaire please click here
The Big Local DY10 project is really pleased to be working with the Broadwaters Residents Action Group (BRAG). We have provided funding so that they can put on a 'Community Lunch' on the 17th March at St. Oswalds Primary School. The lunch is aimed at people aged 50+ who would like to get to know people in their community however we won't exclude people who have children in their care and will offer the Community Lunch to the whole family if this is the case.
BRAG expects to offer the Community Lunch to 40-50 people. If this event proves to be successful BRAG are planning to hold it on a monthly basis. BRAG will ask for a £1 booking fee to secure a seat. This money will be used to fund the following Community Lunches. Places are limited but if you are interested in attending this one, or future lunches, please email the group - BRAG1@live.co.uk
For more info on this event and the other projects BRAG are involved with please visit their website
Big Local is about people
Local people will help invest £1Million to make our area a better place to live now and in the future
Where is the Big Local DY10 area?
The Big Local DY10 area covers most of the Broadwaters & Greenhill wards of Kidderminster. For a full map of the area click here.
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