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About Big Local
The Big Local programme is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1m to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities. It is about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.
Big Local is being run by Local Trust, which is working with over £200m from the Big Lottery Fund and a range of partners providing expert advice and support for residents.
The four programme outcomes for Big Local are:
1. Communities will be better able to identify local needs and take action in response to them.
2. People will have increased skills and confidence, so that they continue to identify and respond to needs in the future.
3. The community will make a difference to the needs it prioritises.
4. People will feel that their area is an even better place to live.
About Mottingham Big Local Refocused
Mottingham Big Local is a wave 1 Big Local Area. You can see the area covered by the funding here. The majority of beneficiaries are expected to live in this area. The Partnership recognises that the community is bigger than the area identified on the map, and in order to strengthen the community intends to ensure that there are activities that are open to the wider area.
The Mottingham Big Local Refocused Plan developed in 2017 identifies 3 key priorities:
People are at the heart of the Mottingham Big Local Refocussed plan. It is with and through local residents that the community will flourish and the real success of this funding opportunity will last. The ambition we have for people is bringing the community together We believe that funding a range of trips and Social Activities such as picnics, Health & Well Being activities, Walking Group, dog walking groups, jungle gyms, green gyms, outdoor exercise equipment, Intergenerational activities.
Volunteering and Time banks activities we will create a greater sense of community and belonging for existing and future generations as well reduce a sense of isolation that some sectors of the community may feel.
There is a mixed economy in Mottingham, and on the outskirts, where there is greater affluence. The Economy priority works on 2 levels:
1. maximising local peoples’ income earning power by Developing skills, opportunities and aspirations of the people within Mottingham, enabling them to access opportunities that are sometimes omitted from traditional ‘employability’ training and supporting start ups and local businesses.
2. Secondly, bringing external money into the area, this may be through match funding or events that draw people in such as business fairs to recruit local people
Consultation showed that residents feel that there are limited opportunities within Mottingham and would like to see more done with the space available that brings people together. This includes:
• developing Hub Spaces for people to meet, hold events, have film clubs, line dancing, history clubs, Christmas parties, father’s groups and cultural celebrations. Litter was raised as an issue several times. There is the issue of general litter but also large pieces of unsightly furniture etc. in people’s gardens
• Residents would like to see the parks used more, in particular young people identified the bike/skate park at Foxes Fields as needing repair. Other issues raised included lack of lighting and the need for the old style park keepers.
• Whilst the funding cannot be used to replace public services there are a number of space and social engineering options that could be used to create better use of open spaces.
The Mottingham Big Local Refocused Partnership meets on a monthly basis. The Partnership is made up of residents who live in the MBLR area, people outside of the area and organisations, but it MUST be at least 51% resident. Everyone is welcome to contribute to meetings, but only residents make decisions.
If you are interested in finding out about the partnership just complete this form and we will send you information
Current Partnership Members are:
Photo Kelly Boyle Chair
Photo Sue Groom Vice Chair
Photo Catherine Shelley Treasurer
Photo Sue Turner
Photo Yasmin Rowhani
Photo Joanne Long
Photo Maureen Gallagher
Photo Sue Kennedy (Community Police)
Photo Hannah Hanen (Castlecombe Children’s Centre)
Photo Judie Obeya (Clarion Housing)
The Partnership is supported by a Big Local Rep’ who provides guidance where needed. Mottingham’s rep is
Photo Gayle Wallace
There are currently no staff but it would be useful to have the page ready for staff coming in
Photo Name, Job title, email address and phone number
Vision and Mission
The key objectives of Mottingham Big Local Refocused are
• That the community in Mottingham is better able to identify local needs and take action in response to them.
• People will have increased skills and confidence, so that they continue to identify and respond to needs in the future.
• The community will make a difference to the needs it prioritises.
• People will feel that Mottingham is an even better place to live.
These objectives will be achieved through
• Use of local assets – such as existing community and statutory delivery agents where appropriate in a complimentary manner to avoid duplication
• Development of tenders to directly commission pieces or work or projects, buying in specific skills and expertise
• Employment of staff to build on the 1st years foundation work, employed to deliver plan objectives
• Participatory budgeting as a mechanism for providing grant funding to community projects and local initiatives