Local residents, Faith Leaders, Schools, District Councillors, County Councillors, Wyre Forest Community Housing, Vestia Community Trust, West Mercia Police, Citizens Advice Bureau, Community Action Wyre Forest and many others worked together to deliver the 'Getting People Involved Round 1' (GPIR1) phase of the Big Local Project. This was entitled 'BIGHBG' and delivered the projects, events and activities listed below.
This initial phase of the Big Local was to start to promote the project within the community and introduce the idea of £1Million coming to the area and the face that residents will direct how this is spent to make those lasting changes. Many parts of the GPIR1 worked really - but some did not. See below for a summary.
We have used the experiences and learning from this to develop our 'Getting People Involved Round 2' phase - called 'Big Local DY10'
We gave out £8,000 to 12 different organisaions and groups who were able to put on a series of different events and activities within the area.
We produced 3 community newsletters to promote the project.
We consulted with a range of residents from the area to find out what was important to them.
We brought residents and organisations together to start to discuss the issues and ideas for the area.
The 12 organisations funded put on a range on events that were attended by over 2,500 people from the area.
We started to build up a picture of the concerns and ideas that local residents have.
Some local residents started to get more involved with the project.
What worked well?
The events sponsored by the BIGHBG project (round 1 of the Big Local 10) were attended by over 2,500 people - this helped promote the project.
The sponsorship helped support the many active community groups that are already working to improve the area.
We started a 'conversation' with the commuity on what was important to them.
Local residents started to make important decisions on how the Big Local DY10 project will work.
What didn't work so well?
The project struggled to find and work with individuals, groups or organisations from the Greenhill area.
By the end of the project there were several under represented groups including Greenhill residents, over 60's and members of the Bangladeshi, Polish and other ehtnic groups that make up our diverse area.
Everyone involved struggled at times to understand what it meant being a 'resident led' project. This is a new way of working for everyone.
The project was often called different names by different people which led to some confusion