We brought the 'Youth Bus' to area to not only provide local teenagers with something to do during half term but to also find out their views, ideas and opinions on how they think our neighbourhood could be improved over the next 10 years.
The first stop for the bus was Upton Road where 24 young people were waiting for us! They had great fun using the facilities on the bus, which included DJ equipment, Wii & Xbox games consoles, art equipment and board games. They were able to give their views on what they like about the area, what they would change and how they think that £1million could make a difference. It's no surprise that they are concerned about the same things as the rest of the community.
After 2.5 hours the bus moved onto Radford Avenue where 4 young people braved the torrential rain to come down. Again they enjoyed the equipment and gave their views about the area.
A big thanks to KDYT for coming along to let young people from our area know the amazing events and activities that are available to them at Kidderminster Youth house in Bromsgrove Street.
To celebtrate the launch of the Big Local DY10 Photographic Competition we organised 2 free workshops. They were held at St. George's Church Annexe. Toni & Corina (both talented photographers/artists) were on hand to help people get used to using cameras and share some hints and tips on talking great pictures.
During the workshops the group got out and about in the Big Local area to take photos. People were able to discover 'new' aspects of the neighbourhood whilst looking for interesting photo opportunities! The photos below also show theat they had some fun!
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
In addition to the events and activities we have organised we have also attended many different community events that have taken place within the Big Local DY10 area, These have included 'Affordable Warmth' events within the local Primary Schools, St. George's Day in the Park, BRAG May Day Fete and the Friends of Springfield Park Dog Show to name a few.
At these events we have publicised the project, recruited new members and have completed community questionnaires.
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.
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
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
The Children's Party Bus visited Greenhill, The Horsefair & Broadwaters on Wednesday 20th Feb. The whole day was a major success with well over 60 young people having a great time on the bus. By the time we got up to Sion Hill at 2.30pm there was a very large queue waiting for us! Both parents and children were very appreciative of free safe & fun activities during the school holidays and made the most of the free healthy drinks and snacks provided.
Whilst the children played in the soft play area, ball pit and on the slides the parents/carers were asked for their opinions of the area by our newly trained team of volunteer 'Community Researchers'. As £1million is coming to the area and residents get to decide how this is used we wanted to find out what people like about the area, what they would like to change and what ideas they had on what the money could do for the area. All of the views will then be fed into a 'profile' of the area that will show what the priorities are for the local community.
We also wanted to find out what local children think about the area, so whilst they took a break from playing (free fruit & drinks!) they were asked what they 'love' and what they 'don't like' about the area and what they 'wish' for. Again their views will be used to set the priorities for the project.
In addition to all the children having a great day and our researchers finding out people views of the area we were also able recruit some new members for the Big Local DY10 Steering Group!
All in all a great day for our community!
A group of Big Local DY10 volunteers have been trained to work as 'Community Researchers' in the area. They will be out and about at Big Local DY10 events asking local people what they like about the area, what they don't like and how they think the £1million investment could be spent to make a real and lasting difference. The views, ideas and opinions gathered will help shape how the money is ued in the area.
You can now complete the questionnaire online