Welcome to the website for Big Local North East Hastings. Big Local lets local residents decide how they want to spend £1 million over the next 10 years.
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Big Local's Annual General Meeting takes place at 6 pm on Wednesday 10th May at the Bridge Community Centre. Everyone living or working in the Big Local area (the Big Local Group) is welcome to come along. At the meeting the Big Local Group elects the Resident Led Partnership (RLP) for the coming year, votes on proposals brought by the RLP and hears the RLP Chair, (Pat Simnett) present the report on Big Local activities and achievements in the past year.
The Resident Led Partnership is proposing some changes to its terms of reference. These changes will be proposed at the AGM and the Big Local Group (everyone living in the Big Local area) can vote on to accept or reject the changes.
The main change concerns the election of the Chair.
At the moment the Chair is elected by the Big Local Group at the AGM. We are proposing that the Chair is elected by the Resident Led Partnership from its own number, following the AGM. This means that we can a) avoid subjecting candidates to a public election, which can be off-putting for many people, and b) ensure that candidates for Chair are already on the partnership and understand what it is trying to be achieved. This kind of arrangement is widely used in similar types of groups. As this proposal means that the Big Local Group will no longer the elect the Chair, we will also need approval to remove this requirement from the Big Local's Terms of Reference,
There are some other minor changes to the arrangements regarding co-opted members and voting rules at partnership meetings.
The proposed terms of reference for the Resident led Partnership are shown below.
We are currently seeking more residents to join the Big Local Resident Led Partnership. You don’t need any special experience but you should live in the Big Local area and care about what happens to it and the people living in it. The partnership is a small, friendly group who are all keen to see improvements in the area. Joining the partnership means attending a monthly meeting (held in the early evening and in the Big Local area) and together with other residents overseeing the delivery of our new action plan. There are opportunities to get involved with other activities, if you are interested.
For more information contact Jan Papworth, our Community Development Worker on 01424 723775 or email email@example.com.
Our 3-year plan was endorsed by Local Trust on 11th July 2014. You can see and download our area profile and the 3-year plan by clicking here.
Our vision is that in 10-years’ time North East Hastings will be a good place to grow up in, a good place to raise a family, a good place to earn a living, a good place to enjoy leisure time and a good place to grow old.
Our priorities in the next three-years are to:
• Improve area co-ordination, and support community centres and groups to make best use of the resources we already have
• Provide more free or low cost opportunities to improve learning and skills
• Improve support for young people and vulnerable and isolated adults
• Support leisure, health and environmental initiatives
• Support initiatives that will help improve the economic outlook.
From Spring 2017 a new plan will be in force. In order to create this plan, the Resident Led Partnership undertook a consultation with Big Local residents during the winter and is now in the process of writing the new plan. This will then be sent to our funder, Local Trust, which must approve it. It will then be shared with residents. We will let you know when the plan is approved. We hope to launch it at out AGM on 10th May.
Our expenses policy and claim form is available by clicking here.
Big Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Local Trust. Catch up here with the latest Local Trust news, including what’s happening in 150 Big Local areas across England by clicking here
In April 2016 Local Trust brought in its first independent evaluators. Their job was to assess how well things were going – to look at areas' progress and whether Big Local partnerships across the country are starting to make a difference, and what kinds of things have helped and hindered areas in their Big Local journeys. The big question was – is Big Local working? To answer that and lots of other questions, the independent evaluators heard from over 400 of the people most involved in making Big Local happen and studied the progress being made in more than 100 Big Local areas. You can read the key findings and the full report on the Local Trust website by clicking here. To read Local Trust's April 2015 update on learning and research click here.