Pupils from Thames Christian College Design Big Local SW11 Logo

Big Local SW11 is one of a number of provisions of Lottery money to be spent over 10 years in areas of less affluence. Local residents decide how this money is to be spent thus making a lasting and positive difference to the community.
Once briefed within the school (the logo must not look as if it is created by a local council, corporate or governmental body)a group of Year 9 students with a passion for the project created a range of very individual designs over an intense six week period.  The project was led by the Head Stephen Holsgrove along with art teacher Louisa Whitworth and graphics tutor Steve Trimm.
During these six weeks the local resident team became actively involved in the process, visiting the school at the halfway stage to review progress and during the final session, in which the pupils displayed their work and individually presented their concepts verbally to both the resident and Thames tutor teams. The team were particularly impressed by the pupils idea of creating a ‘Big Local Scrapbook’ a way of co-creating ideas with local residents, young and old, asking them to provide thoughts (written drawn or photographed) of how the local area could be improved. This rich material would be curated by the pupils as a physical repository of local hopes and dreams for the future.
Jane Ellison at Awards
The resident team were highly impressed by the thinking and quality of the output, so much so that they were unable to make a decision on a winner and therefore asked the pupils to present once more to a wider team.  Once again they presented brilliantly at the Latchmere Leisure Centre in Clapham to a 20+ audience, a big ask for Year 9 pupils!
After some interesting debate, pupil Darcie Burns was chosen as the winner, her logo design felt to be unique, distinctive and memorable.
At the recent Thames Awards evening, every pupil involved with the Big Local SW11 project was presented with a certificate and a gift voucher from local MP Jane Ellison. Darcie’s work is now finalised, ready for print and will appear as the brand image for Big Local SW11, soon to be seen across the whole area.
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Robert modelling our T-Shirt with Darcie’s Logo

Quick Wins Grants – September 2013 Review

Quick Wins Grants – September 2013 Review

St Peter’s

The quick wins grant helped us greatly.  It allowed us to buy new equipment for our youth club and community football outreach.  The local young people are now able to play table tennis with rackets which aren’t falling apart, play pool with 2 pool Q’s instead of one and the keeper’s at our football outreach now have goalie gloves.  The new footballs, 5 aside goals and all the other equipment we were able to buy as a result of the grant has ensured that the local young people are able to enjoy themselves even more.

 Many thanks

Isaac Ameyaw

Youth Pastor

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Fitness in the Park    

BigLocal Quick Wins Grant was very help full to those who attended the activities regularly in the area. Some children and parents were able to enjoy the field activities. I had distributed leaflets with the date, time and place every week schedules to the targeted areas and in person promotion as well. The first few weeks the session was conducted once per week after school. Usually Wednesday evening in the Thames River area just next to Battersea Heliport. After school closure the session was conducted every Thursday from 10am mostly at the place commonly called Banana Park. Although because of the holiday many people were away those who were around were coming regularly and did different activities including running, jogging, different sport games etc, etc. The feedback I get from the attendees was very encouraging. The kids were very happy when they train and make competition with their mums. Some want to keep doing to reduce weight and some are feeling healthy and happy. Overall I am very happy and I feel the initial target is met successfully. I look forward to continue similar activities for the people in the area and my target is to encourage more people to come and join and use efficiently this advantage specially young children and parents. The program is still on on Wednesday evening for both group and Thursday from 09:10 for mums at Banana Park. 

Kind Regards,

Birhan Dagne –

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Pennethorne Games Room

So the young people of Pennethorne decided they would like paint paper arts and crafts and lego with their money. The parents are now more motivated about helping improve where they live and meeting more regular. The kids can express themselves with the arts and crafts and can supervise themselves with the lego which can always be built into something new while the parents plan new activities. We can now also focus on reaching other groups like elderly and so on thank you so much for the grant and to Marlene for presenting it
Andrew beech

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Women of Wandsworth Enterprise Club

Women of Wandsworth are very grateful for the small Quick win grant to support our regular monthly Enterprise club.
The funds have helped us deliver four workshops to improve the possibility for the local women and other residents to start their small businesses as a way of getting of the benefits.
1. Mrs. Sharon Mclean delivered the Business Plan Writing Workshop, where we made our own S.W.A.T and S.W.A.I.N analysis before starting the small business, as well as got crucial information on how to set our business targets and how the Business Plan can help us with this.
2. Next one was Importance of Branding Workshop, where we have learnt about the power of establishing yourself at the market and bringing the customers in and keeping them.
3. Mr. Ben Richardson from Wandsworth Groundwork informed us on how to set up a charity by delivering a workshop on how to do this properly including how to register with the Charity Commission.
4. Crucial workshop on Tax Return and NI contributions obligations taught us how to be a responsible entrepreneur.

There is a need for more workshops of this kind in Big Local SW11 area to help with the employability

Our next Enterprise Club workshop is on Friday, 11th October 2013 from 11am – 1pm in Pennethorne House with Jane Ellison MP.
Basic refreshments will be provided.
Everyone welcome.

With best regards,

Senia Dedic
Women of Wandsworth Founder and Chair
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Intergenerational project

The project was designed to bring the senior citizens of the locality and some of the youth together to look at the ways in which things have changed over their generations of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Most of the senior citizens are based in the homes in the locality.

These homes were John Kirk House-Doris Emmerton – Homeleigh Court & Haven Lodge. We also had people from the Doddington Estate area / Life tabernacle Church – Heathbrook / St Rule Street further east.

On Tuesday the take up was pretty low as the weather had made a few of the OAP’s to withdraw from the trip.  The trip was to Hampton Court and those who attended got extremely wet on this most miserable of days.  That being said all who did attend enjoyed all the facts and historical about the Palace. We did not get to see the Maze but did see some live medieval cooking.

On the Wednesday we took a trip to Greenwich to see the museums – but alas the boat/s broke down and we had to wait for 40 minutes to be transferred to another one at this point the young people were helping the senior citizens and chatting generally.

When we finally hit shore – we looked at the market and Cutty Sark, the museums and had some lunch. We all had a great chat about the world and how we as different people saw the changes.

Finally we went to Kew Gardens and people wandered around and saw all the lovely plants and flowers on show. Was the trip a success?  Ask the senior citizens and young people and they would all categorically say yes!

The objective was to get the young people and the senior citizens interacting. The money donated helped us to ensure that the senior citizens enjoyed the days out.

Freddie

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Focus Groups – York Gardens 18 July 2013

Focus Groups – York Gardens 18 July 2013

 

1. Opportunities for People with Disability

 

  • That Lady Allen playground is oversubscribed and other adventure playgrounds have been closed or changed.
  • Possible solution: to build a P.H.A.B. adventure park for disabled children and siblings where 1 on 1 support is available for disabled children.  www.phab.org.uk
  • Battersea Park Adventure Playground should have a section for disabled children with a play-worker for support and safety.
  • George Shearing Centre has got good expertise in working with disabled children. They have supervising staff. We need to support them to organise more socialising events for young disabled people like: disco, cooking sessions, networking with others like Carer’s Centre in Wandsworth Town.
  • Accessibility for disabled people is an issue. Street furniture should be removed to make more space. Solution might be to team up with Wandsworth Living Streets who are already campaigning for this.
  • It was thought that Clapham Junction car park is not very accessible for disabled people. The sidewalk is narrow. We might need to talk to Network Rail.
  • Access to internet and IT provisions for disabled should be better. Maybe we could organise/fund the ‘safe use of internet’ classes for vulnerable adults in Platform 1 cafe. Special Sex Education could be organised in George Shearing Centre for vulnerable children and adults as well.
  • Special childcare for disabled children is too expensive. Maybe we can have an affordable crèche or a subsidy for parents with disabled children to support them.
  • Forum for disabled young people does not exist in Battersea. Maybe we could link with such a forum in Earlsfield for advice and match funding.
  • Disabled elderly people should have more free community transport from home to doctors or anywhere else and make use of the scooters.
  • There should be more green buses for disabled children to take them to school.
  • It was concluded that we need a Disabilities representative on Big Local board.

2. Green spaces and People to do things with

 

Main finding is that spaces are important but more important are the people to do things with.  We need more local facilitators was a common call!

 

  • Ideas emerged around training a group of local people to be able to run informal but safe sports and other activities for a range of age groups, in the different green spaces around the patch.  Possibly volunteers, possibly paid a bit.  And also that the spaces for that period are dedicated/ recognised for that activity – ie so there is no risk of toddlers getting trampled on by 11yr olds playing football!
  • St Peters do good activities it was reported by more than one group.
  • More evening meetings about Big Local, 8pm and after, so working people can come. Also that magic school-hour in between drop-off and pick-up for parents with younger children.
  • Pennethorne Square is a no-go area for some – people from outside of the patch coming in and hanging out and others don’t feel comfortable there.
  • Steven, who I think is interested in architecture/ planning – may even be studying it – talked about the effect of just tidying up areas and making it look more desirable – said it has a psychological effect even if it doesn’t actually result in more people playing out in the spaces. Sends a message, looks nice, and makes us feel safe.
  • Adventure playground a cause for concern – now it’s unsafe with no-one staffing it and used needles an issue.
  • Several groups talked about a campaign to staff open spaces/ play spaces – again perhaps this idea of training a group of local people to volunteer to support staff to do this.
  • Need a football pitch/ space with coaching for 7-11.
  • Dog poo is an issue – no-one wants to send their kids out to play if going to tread in it
  • Need supervisors for play and activities. Need strong young adult role models for young people and children of all ages. Particularly make role models.
  • Need a dedicated youth space – a community youth indoor and outdoor space. On the Winstanley. York Gardens would do if could share space. Need to train volunteers to work with young people.

3. Issue: Children and Young People

 

“More stuff for the kids” was a resounding statement from many of the people I talked to. They wanted:

  • Afterschool clubs
  • Homework clubs
  • Tutors for pre-GCSE students
  • Trips during holidays
  • Events, music studio, football groups – with support from older youth or adults
  • Help to keep CYP out of trouble
  • More information about what’s going on
  • Safer community areas for families – family friendly areas
  • Activities for teenagers (12-15 year olds particularly), as many felt there was stuff for young children available
  • Musical instruments – to hire / borrow, and possibility of music lessons
  • Opportunities for dads and their kids to meet and do stuff together

4. Issue: Jobs and self-employment

 

  • It was universally regarded as an obvious thing that local people wanted jobs – long term, decently paid, secure jobs.
  • Within that there were issues of child friendly training courses to get the skills in order to be able to get the jobs.
  • Affordable, flexible, open at suitable hours Childcare was a secondary issue that without somewhere for children to be looked after it is difficult for parents to get into work.
  • People wanted information about the rules for getting off benefits back into work. This fear that ‘I’ll lose my benefits if I return to work’ was raised.
  • Apprenticeships for older people (30, 40 and 50+ year olds) not just the young ones.
  • Refresher courses for older adults to boost their confidence and refresh their skills would be appreciated.
  • ‘Teach the Trades’ – taught by local tradesmen and women in specific areas with a mix of workshops (2-3 hours) + practical work experience
  • Community Centres to employ more local people and in doing so provide more services for local people  – 2 birds with one stone!
  • Better JCP
  • Job Broker to be established with public services to get jobs for local people in public services.
  • Support for people that want to set up their own small businesses – not just money to start-up but a person to provide hands on business support and advice

5. Youth

The following is a brief synopsis of comments gleaned from talking to people in the field. 

  • YP need more opportunities to take them out of their area, trips, residentials, to show a different side than estate life.
  • More supervised activities for YP, especially in the summer holidays.
  • The closing of the adventure was an atrocity, especially as there is insufficient access for YP to other facilities, eg Library and Pennethorne Games room.
  • We as young people lacked good role models in the community growing up, and needed more positivity in the community.
  • Skills workshops for us would be good.
  • Negatively, they find too many cameras are unsettling even for law abiding YP.
  • YGL should be open more for young people, as well as for adults with skills workshops.
  • YP need more opportunities for training.
  • They need something to aspire to in life rather than having to settle for what is on offer ‘on road’. This is even worth it for a few who take the opportunity.
  • Too many youth facilities have closed down.
  • Need for parent support services. More youth activities may bring more cohesion among YP.
  • that there is not enough for young people growing up.


6. Older People and Intergenerational activities

 

  • Coffee mornings/ social events especially in the 4 local sheltered schemes. These enable children and young people to be introduced to senior citizens. Many of our younger generation have grandparents who live elsewhere. Opportunity to share skills and creates surrogate grandparent/ grandchild relationship [ WoW Mums / Haven Lodge a good working example- If WoW Mums haven’t got the capacity to do this elsewhere- any other volunteer groups?
  • Celebrations and Parties (e.g. New Year)- inviting isolated elderly people [ see follow up note re WOPF/ Regeneration plans for Autumn]
  • Reminiscence sessions. Current work by WOPF needs extending- lots of different approaches e.g. Photos; mime; songs; holidays. Training for volunteers (in past this has been provided by Health- discuss with Elaine Curley). Interest of Emma Faulkner, Freelance Theatre Director (contact details available- Mac arranging meeting).Also to discuss storytelling project (co-funding by Arts Council?)
  • Gardening projects- role of Age UK through their Garden Partners Scheme- contact Sue Sweeney.
  • Cooking/ Lunch club at KLS
  • Green Gyms including recently installed facilities at Banana Park; York Gardens; (Doddington) – brief follow up discussion with Birhan who would be interested.
  • Befriending Scheme- contact Age UK Wandsworth- highlight this scheme- use it- don’t reinvent wheel!

 

7. Supporting Families (notes from 2 workshops)

Workshop One

 

  • Create more jobs- WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS- SKILLS AND EMPLOYMENT TRAINING
  • Free activities
  • More family support for troubled families
  • A general purpose hall for events
  • More security (not specified)
  • Dog friendly areas
  • Provide similar things to Sure Start but for 0- 15 year olds
  • Under 5’s activities
  • Swimming, sports and dancing groups
  • Summer Schools
  • Play Centres/ Play Areas
  • A few more clubs
  • One to one tutors for children and supporting parents
  • Adventure Play Grounds and Skate Park
  • Opportunities to meet people
  • Refreshments provided

Workshop Two

 

  • After School Clubs/ Homework including 1-1 tutoring for Maths & English
  • Ask the young people! Dance Club for Children & Young People mentioned
  • Parent Support Classes
  • Exercise and keep fit- inc. Zumba
  • Early evening activities for working parents
  • More Adult Education for parents with children
  • Support for parents about issues with children & Young People including online communication and bullying- workshops and peer support
  • Support Young People to be mentors and help other YP
  • YP to help train up adults (not specified)
  • Family Trips in school holidays
  • Camping & residentials

September 2013 Update from the chair

September 2013 Update

A brilliant July evening at York Library and York Gardens itself, bristling with people of every age, and from all over Battersea, capped a full year of BigLocalSW11 activities.

With young people performing, from Falconbrook Primary School Steel Band and from Cauis House Youth Club, and local DJ’s keeping up the musical background throughout the evening, there were plenty of activities to observe or participate in, from athletics coaching run by Battersea athlete, Birhan Dagne, to children’s football organised by Providence House and St Peter’s; from the ever popular smoothie bike to Tony Hersey’s even more popular candy floss machine. WOW mums and BigLocal committee members were busy with non-stop face painting, while York Library main hall was filled with local community groups advertising their services. Burgers supplied by local tradesmen, D.Brown, teas by Battersea Chapel kept people re-fuelled, the return of the storyteller entertained children and parents, and the bouncy castle occupied the energetic.

BigLocal committee members and volunteers held lively focus groups during the early evening or took the discussion out to impromptu groups of people in the park to elicit the broad range of views about improving our BigLocal area. In tandem with our busy consultation, Wandsworth Council planning group held non-stop discussions about the local regeneration plans.

It has been just over a year now since the inaugural visioning event took place, and we first began to debate how a millions pounds could help our area.

So what has happened since? A Planning Group was fairly quickly established, made up of local residents and community workers. And questionnaires, community events around the area, a community audit, public meetings, school assemblies have all run on one after the other to record, gauge and analyse local opinion. In the summer set up a Quick Wins Grants Panel and were able to award small amounts to several local projects, with some success. We have a logo, a website and facebook page, and a representative and hardworking Planning Committee. But where do we go from here?

We have identified 6 key areas where people want to see improvements:  Supporting Families, Supporting older people and intergenerational activities, Opportunities for People with disability, Improving Physical Spaces,   Improving Opportunities for Young People &  Employment, Training and Opportunities for Volunteering.

Over the autumn we will hold focus groups to explore these issues and come up with plans for spending the money.

Over the autumn we will put together a partnership that can deliver on these promises.

Over the autumn we will hold public meetings to discuss and approve the plans.

 

And most importantly, if you live or work or study in BigLocalSW11, we want your input.

So please get in touch

 

Robert Musgrave

Chair

The Pathway to One Million

The Pathway to One Million

To get to £1million we need to create a Partnership & make a Plan!

1.       18th July 2013 ‘Have Your Say’ event at York Gardens:

a.       will tell the Story of BigLocalSW11 so far

b.      will run Focus Groups to engage with people’s practical ideas on how to work out the various themes that have come out of the consultations and how they can be implemented in the community to make a real improvement.

2.       The Summer of 2013ongoing Focus Groups

a.       will meet and be tasked with drafting a plan for implementing improvement under each of the agreed themes.

3.       By the end of August 2013The (Interim) Core Planning Group

a.       will apply to Local Trust for Pathway Funding of £18,000, which is drawn down from the £1million. (See below)

b.      will also apply to the Local Trust to draw down a grant for £2,000 in order to resource a paid worker to support and speed up the process of the pathway

 

4.       By the end of September 2013 The (Interim) Core Planning Group

a.       will draft a plan to create a Partnership for BigLocalSW11,

b.      to be endorsed in the first instance by the Stakeholder Consultation Group by the end of September 2013, and then by Local Trust.

c.       The new Partnership will replace the current interim Core Planning Group,

d.      but will consist of the same three layers of accountability, an inner core group, a wider group of stakeholders and the BigLocalSW11 community as a whole.

e.      (The plan for the partnership will be consistent with Local Trust guidelines and representative of our community).

5.       From October 2013to February 2014

a.       The new Partnership will continue with Quick Wins grant awards

                                                               i.       to support local initiatives out of the £18,000 Pathway Funding

                                                             ii.       & to test the vision for BigLocalSW11

6.       Between October and Christmas 2013

a.       The new Partnership will write produce a profile of the area, a vision for change and a plan for spending the £1million

b.      The Plan will be submitted to the Local Trust in December 2013

7.     £1million should begin to support BigLocalSW11 from February 2014

8.       From February 2014The ongoing Work of the Partnership

a.        will be to deliver the Plan, supply evidence to support it and continually review its work.

Quick Win Report on Intergenerational Project

Freddie’s Report on Quick Win Intergenerational project

The project was designed to bring the senior citizens of the locality and some of the youth together to look at the ways in which things have changed over their generations of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Most of the senior citizens are based in the homes in the locality.

These homes were John Kirk House-Doris Emmerton – Homeleigh Court & Haven Lodge. We also had people from the Doddington Estate area / Life tabernacle Church – Heathbrook / St Rule Street further east.

On Tuesday the take up was pretty low as the weather had made a few of the OAP’s to withdraw from the trip.  The trip was to Hampton Court and those who attended got extremely wet on this most miserable of days.  That being said all who did attend enjoyed all the facts and historical about the Palace. We did not get to see the Maze but did see some live medieval cooking.

On the Wednesday we took a trip to Greenwich to see the museums – but alas the boat/s broke down and we had to wait for 40 minutes to be transferred to another one at this point the young people were helping the senior citizens and chatting generally.

When we finally hit shore – we looked at the market and Cutty Sark, the museums and had some lunch. We all had a great chat about the world and how we as different people saw the changes.

Finally we went to Kew Gardens and people wandered around and saw all the lovely plants and flowers on show. Was the trip a success?  Ask the senior citizens and young people and they would all categorically say yes!

The objective was to get the young people and the senior citizens interacting. The money donated helped us to ensure that the senior citizens enjoyed the days out.

Freddie

Quick win report for the Women of Wandsworth Enterprise Club

Dear Big Local SW11,

Women of Wandsworth are very grateful for the small Quick win grant to support our regular monthly  Enterprise club.
The funds have helped us deliver four workshops to improve the possibility for the local women and other residents to start their small businesses as a way of getting of the benefits.

1. Mrs. Sharon Mclean delivered the Business Plan Writing Workshop, where we made our own S.W.A.T and S.W.A.I.N analysis before starting the small business, as well as got crucial information on how to set our business targets and how the Business Plan can help us with this.
2. Next one was Importance of Branding Workshop, where we have learnt about the power of establishing yourself at the market and bringing the customers in and keeping them.  
3. Mr. Ben Richardson from Wandsworth Groundwork informed us on how to set up a charity by delivering a workshop on how to do this properly including how to register with the Charity Commission.
4. Crucial workshop on Tax Return and NI contributions obligations taught us how to be a responsible entrepreneur.

There is a need for more workshops of this kind in Big Local SW11 area to help with the employability.

Our next Enterprise Club workshop is on Friday, 11th October 2013 from 11am – 1pm in Pennethorne House with Jane Ellison MP.
 Basic refreshments will be provided.
Everyone welcome.