Here’s an update on what’s been happening with Big Local in Woolavington and Puriton.
The Interim Working Group
In April we had a meeting at the 37Club for everyone interested in getting more involved in Big Local. We had a good turnout, and from it we agreed a strong group of people from across the two villages to form the Interim Working Group:
- Helen Baker
- Peter Bashford
- Paul Canham
- Joh Dabenett
- Abi Jones
- Graham Lockley
- Teresa Marshall
- Tina Otley
- Cindy Riley
- Cori Taylor
- Jenny Morgan
- Alan Scott
There’s still a bit of juggling going on with some people realising they aren’t able to participate as they’d hoped so the group’s membership will change as we go along. If you’re interested in being involved do let us know!
You can find notes of the meetings in the docs section.
What the Interim Working Group has been doing
The group has now met twice. The first meeting was mostly taken up with finding out who everyone is, thinking about how we’ll be working and introducing the jobs that we’ll need to get done.
At the second meeting we started getting down to planning the way forward.
In the next few weeks we’ll be preparing an application for the Getting Started which will enable us to start doing things in the local community and preparing the plan for how to use the £1million.
What’s in a name?
What should we call ourselves? “Woolavington and Puriton Big Local” is descriptive, but a bit long and clumsy. If you’ve got any ideas do let us know!
Some of you will have met Jon Cousins, the Community Organiser for Woolavington and Puriton. He’s been coming along to the Big Local meetings to give us a snapshot of the sort of things people like about the area and their thoughts about the future.
John works by having one to one conversations with local residents using a process called ‘Listening Matters‘. Everyone that I know who has had the conversation has found it really useful, and even cathartic. If you want to take part you can get in touch with Jon on 07714 902188 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’ve got a business idea that is going to benefit the local community there might be help for you, both financial and through mentoring. Run by UnLtd, the aim of Star People is to reach out and unleash the energies of people who can transform the world in which they live. UnLtd can provide you with a tailored package of funding and support to help your ideas become a reality. Wow! There’s more information on the Local Trust website (links to pdf).
Big Local Newsletter
If you’re interested in seeing what is happening with other Big Local Groups across England then you can find copies of the newsletters via our website: http://wpbiglocal.wordpress.com/docs/big-local-newsletter/
Alternatively, if you’d rather watch short films about the other areas you can find a selection on this page.
Keep in Touch
Do stay in touch. If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to email or call. And if you want me or one of the Interim Working Group members to come and talk to your group we’ll be more than happy.
Big Local Rep