The Big Local DY10 Photo Competition has been launched! You don't need fancy equipment or lots of experience just an idea on what type of image would capture the 'spirit' of the Big Local area Entries are welcome from all ages and photographs will be judged in 3 categories (under 11, 11-17 and 18+). Photographs can be taken with any type of camera (including camera phones).15 photographs will be shortlisted and printed onto canvas to form a photo exhibition which will be displayed around the area. 1 winner from each category will each receive a digital camera as a prize!
In addition to this we will be holding a series of workshops in the 4 primary schools within the Big Local area to encourage young people to get involved with the project and will be holding 2 community photographic workshops so that people can get used to using cameras, learn some hints and tips on talking great pictures and get to know the Big Local area a bit better.
For full terms and conditions of the competition please click here. For more details on how to enter or to upload your photographs please visit the Photo Competition page
You will find the Big Local DY10 project at this community fun day on Saturday. The event, organised by the Friends of St. George's Park, will feature a Viking re-enactment group, motorbike, trike & scooter display and table top sale alongside the usual attractions of FREE bouncy castle and FREE face painting. Please look out for the volunteers on our stall who will be promoting ways that people can get involved with the project, launching our Big Local DY10 Photographic Competition.
Our team of volunteer community researchers will be out and about on site to find out what local people like about our area and their ideas on how to make it an even better place to live.
See you there!
"New resident-led regeneration scheme aims to transform communities"
Many of the big-budget regeneration projects since the 1980s made attempts to involve residents in their community's transformation, some more successfully than others.
The Big Local is the latest programme to attempt resident-led change at neighbourhood level. Through it, the Big Lottery Fund in England is investing up to £200m in 150
neighbourhoods. Each area – covering between 3,000 to 10,000 people receives an endowment of at least £1m to be spent over 10 years.
There are some key differences between the Big Local and earlier schemes. While earlier regeneration schemes have been largely professional-led, even where
residents were involved, decision-making in Big Local areas rests firmly with boards requiring a minimum of 50% resident representation.
For the full article please click here
The Big Local DY10 project is committed to finding out the views and opinions of all sections of our community. So that we can begin to understand what local teenagers like about the area and how they could see our area changing over the next 10 years we have arranged for the Worcestershire County Council 'Youth Bus' to visit our area on Tuesday 28th May.
The bus, equipped with interactive activities, music and games consoles will provide free fun activities for 10-17 year olds. Free refreshments will be provided and whilst young people are enjoying the activities youth workers will find out what they think of the area and how they think the £1million could be used to improve it.
Volunteers working with the Big Local DY10 initiative were the guests of St. Ambrose Lunch Club on Sunday March 24th. They completed questionnaires with the diners, collecting their suggestions and ideas on how £1m Big Lottery funding could be best spent to improve facilities and make a long term difference in the local community.
Our area, covering Broadwaters, Horsefair and Greenhill has been chosen as one of 150 areas around England to receive at least £1m in the resident-led initiative, with people who live in the area having their say and directing how to make a positive and lasting difference to their own communities. The current period is a time of consultation with residents through a variety of activities to engage with as many diverse groups as possible, collecting and collating the widest possible views of how the improvements can be achieved to benefit all. It’s about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.
The opportunity to actually have their views recorded and have input in such an important project was welcomed enthusiastically by the St Ambrose diners and the questionnaires provoked much positive discussion.
Aiden Tagg, who started organising the St Ambrose Lunch Club for parishioners a year ago, said. 'The Big local is, indeed, a truly exciting thing to happen to the area. At such a time of economic malaise, this fund will make a lasting difference.'
In return for being able to canvass the diners, the Big Local DY10 made a donation to the Lunch Club funds and also ran a raffle to raise extra money to help subsidise the lunches which regularly feed and provide companionship 70 to 80 people.
For an opportunity to complete the questions click here
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.
There are many differerent ways you can get involved - click here to find out more.