Over the past year we have been talking to residents, businesses and organisations to find out their views of our area. We have pulled these views together, along with other information we could find about the area, to create our Big Local Profile. The profile gives an overview of our area now and lists some of the ideas you have given us on how your think it could be made an even better place to live.
The profile will be one of the sources of information we use to create our Big Local Plan, which will detail exactly how we thing the £1million could be used.
Rather than using lots of text we opted for a 'visual' document that we feel is accessible to a wide range of people.
Please feel free to download it - you may not want to print it as it will take up lots of ink!).
Early on a cold, frosty morning in November 2013, 12 local school children boarded the train from Kidderminster bound for London and an exciting day in the capital. A full programme was ahead of them including a visit to the Houses of Parliament as the guests of Wyre Forest M.P., Mark Garnier.
Some of the young people made a comic about about their trip. View comic.
As part of the BigLocal DY10 project, a school’s parliament is being established and these children from St Oswald’s and St Mary’s schools and residents of the BigLocal DY10 area, were on a fact finding mission as ambassadors for pupils of all the schools within the area which covers the Horsefair, Broadwaters & Greenhill communities of Kidderminster. By seeing how Parliament works and introducing young people to the concept of government, the aim is to create a positive impact on the area in years to come, raising the aspirations of all the young residents as they realise that they do have a voice and can shape and change their area.
On the way to the Houses of Parliament the group stopped for lunch in Jubilee Gardens, in the shadow of the London Eye where they were met by the chair of the Local Trust, Kevin Sugrue and the Local Trust communications and learning co-ordinator, Leila Wong. Local Trust works closely with Big Local areas and partner organisations to support residents to help them make best use of Big Local and their funding.
Kevin Sugrue said:
“It is fantastic to see this level of enthusiasm from young people to get involved in improving life in their area. Big Local is about the whole community saying and influencing what changes should be made locally. Developing a youth parliament is a brilliant way of providing an ongoing platform for young people to stay involved.”
Next stop was Downing Street, to peer through the security fencing at the famous Number 10. Some of the children were convinced they had spotted David Cameron entering No. 10 but none of the adults had such eagle eyes! After this it was on to the Houses of Parliament, through airport style security to the central lobby to meet M.P. Mark Garnier. The children marvelled at the architecture, stained glass windows, statues and paintings as Mark Garnier took them on a mini tour to a committee room where they sat and ‘grilled’ him for 90 minutes with questions ranging from the bedroom tax to electricity costs. Twice during this time, a bell was rung calling M.Ps. to vote and Mark Garneir had to dash off, only having eight minutes to register his vote. The visitors certainly had an inside view of democracy in action!
Mark Garnier commented after the visit:
“It is extremely important to engage our young people in the political process and to ensure that they are educated about parliament and the role of their MP. The children from St Oswald’s and St Mary’s were able to raise some very important issues and it was fantastic to see so many of our young people engaging in politics and really thinking about issues that effect their area.”
The very successful day was not all work! The group were thrilled to go on the London Eye and have an amazing view over their capital on a clear, crisp day. For the children, the day had been packed full of memorable experiences; many had not been to London before nor had they been on a tube train. They spent the return journey chattering about what they had learned and would be sharing with their schools, and how they can implement changes to their neighbourhoods through the school’s parliament.
All of the children who attended behaved exceptionally well. They were fine ambassadors for their schools, Kidderminster and the Big Local DY10 project, earning positive compliments from fellow train travellers.
We are currently working with the local Primary Schools in our area to develop a 'DY10 Primary Parliament'. This project will enable local young people to debate the neighbourhood issues that affect them and develop some innovative solutions. The 'Primary Parliament' will have a direct input into the decisions that affect how the £1million is used to make our area a better place to live.
12 local children from St. Marys & St. Oswalds School will become ‘ambassadors’ for the project and will work with teachers to establish the Parliament. Their first assignment will be to represent the Big Local DY10 project on a visit the Houses of Parliament on 26th November. Their day will begin with a trip on the London Eye and then they will meet Mark Garnier MP at the Houses of Parliament. Here they will receive a short tour of the Houses of Parliament before he holds a question & answer session with them.
They will use their learning and inspiration from this visit to work with the other schools in the area to help design and shape the 'Big Local DY10 Primary Parliament'.
We are using the different activities and events to gather all of your views about how you think £1million could make a difference to our area. If you have not yet completed one of our community questionnaires then please do so - click here
We need to gather views from all the different types of people who live in our diverse community - so if you have any ideas on how we could get the views of your neighbourhood or community please get in touch
All of the views gathered will contribute to the creation of our 'Local Profile' which will then be used to direct how the £1million is used by the Big Local Partnership to make a difference - this really is your chance to influence how the money is used.
We have had a great response to the compeition so far - some really interesting photos have been sent in by people of all ages.
Alongside this competition we have been doing some work with the local Primary Schools and in order to display all of the photographs around the same time we have decided to extend the cloising date of the competition - It's now 12th July 2013
If you have already sent in some photographs there's still time to send in a few more (each person can submit up to 5 photographs)
Get snapping and good luck!
The visit of the Youth Bus was a great success. For more details and photos from the day please vistit the'So Far....' page where you will also find a summary of the other activities the Big Local DY10 has been involved with.
Big Local DY10 has organised free half term fun activities provided by the Worcestershire County Council run ‘Youth Bus’ in the Horsefair and Broadwaters areas on Tuesday 28th May. The bus is equipped with computer games and music and is suitable for young people aged 10-17 years.
The bus will stop in 2 places during the day. First it will be in Upton Road 12:00pm until 2:50pm and will then move to St. George’s Social Club Car park 3:10pm until 6:00pm.
Whilst young people are enjoying the games, music and free refreshments on board the bus they will also have the opportunity to share their ideas on how they think £1million could be used to improve the area. They will also be able to meet workers from Kidderminster Youth House find out what activities they provide.
Could you take a picture that captures the 'Spirit' of the Big Local DY10 area?
The Big Local DY10 Community 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) and 15 shortlisted photographs will be printed onto canvas to form an exhibition which will be widely displayed.
One winner from each category will each receive a digital camera as a prize. To launch the competition we have organised 2 community photographic workshop for:
They will be held at St. George's Church Annex, Radford Avenue, Kidderminster. Toni & Corina (both talented photographers/artists) will be on hand to help people get used to using cameras, share some hints and tips on talking great pictures and get to know the Big Local area a bit better. If you live, work or volunteer in the Big Local areas why not come along? If you are interested in attending please get in touch.
In addition to this there will be a series of workshops, delivered by Soemones Art, within the Primary Schools within the Big Local area.
For full terms and conditions and details on how to enter please visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please tell your friends, neighbours and family. Good Luck!
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.