Author Archives:Dan Millin

IT Schools Africa

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Below is an article on IT Schools Africa who we met at a business event earlier on in the year. They are an UK registered charity with a mission to transform IT education in Africa, they collect old computers, refurbish, upgrade and distribute them to schools in Africa. 

Their programme benefits communities in the UK by:

– Supporting computer refurbishment workshops in five prisons.
– Helping the unemployed gain practical skills and confidence to re-enter the labour market
– Providing work experience for school children, university students and people with learning difficulties.

They are looking for:

– Computers (up to 6 years old)
– Flat screen monitors
– iPads / tablets
– Laptops (with power adapters) 
– Smart mobile phones
– Digital projectors, keyboards, cables
– Hard drives, RAM and mice
– Unused printer cartridges
– Black and White printers
– CD and DVD drives

Any help that can be offered will be gratefully appreciated and if you would you like to volunteer for them then please see the contact details below:

Simon Richardson on 01242 228 800 or simon@itschoolsafrica.org or visit www.itschoolsafrica.org

Picnic in the Park

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Based on the success of our May Bank Holiday Fun day in the Moors, we’d like you to join us for a picnic in the park. Take part with a stall, have fun and have your say, there are a lot of exciting new opportunities we can’t wait to share with you!

There will be a bouncy castle, soft play, mask making, face painting, along with stalls from our ‘Tenner Challenge’ which include; beat the goalie, cake sale, tombola, guess the name of the teddy, number of sweets in a jar and weight of the cake. 

Finally there will be picnic mats with food and drink for you to enjoy whilst letting us know what you think of the area.

All of this for FREE!

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Big Local Tenner Challenge!

The Big Local are excited to announce a challenge for all residents of the area, named the “Tenner Challenge!”

Here is how you can get involved:

  1. We ask that you get in touch with us and tell us what your idea is
  2. If needed we can then help you with your idea
  3. Then the important bit, we will give you ten pounds 
  4. You can then sell your product at our Picnic in the Park event and get to keep the profits
  5. Let us know how it went and we can share this with the rest of the community

Are you ready to take on the challenge? Here are a few terms and conditions that you need to have in mind:

  • By agreeing to take part in this challenge you will allow the Big Local to share your progress and your challenge entry on the Big Local website, newsletter, social media outlets and other parties such as the local press.
  • The ten pounds cannot be used to buy alcohol, cigarettes, or any other dangerous substances.
  • If you are unable to break even then you will have to give the £10 (or at least £6) back to the Big Local, this will then be donated to a charity of your choice. 
  • You can get things for free as £10 might not be enough – so there are no rules on getting some of your supplies for free!
  • If you are ready to start selling before the Big Local Picnic in the Park event then you can, however, we ask that you still take part on the day of the event.

This idea has been taken from a national scheme started by the charity Young Enterprise called Tenner, which encourages young entrepreneurs between 11 and 19 to think of a new business idea and set it up using just ten pounds. For inspiration on what you can do with your £10 then you can visit their website: http://www.tenner.org.uk/about-tenner

Please see our flyer below for information on the event:

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Big Local listening campaign

“1000 Conversations”

7th July – 30th September 2015

We want to have 1000 conversations with you as residents and supporters of the Big Local area and we would like you to shape and lead conversations around important spaces in the community. For example, Tewkesbury Road, the old BMX track, St. Peter’s Church, Elmfield Park and so much more. There’s never be a better time to get involved.

This is how we’ll get in touch:

Street Visits

We are getting to know our neighbours the good old fashioned way by knocking on your door. We will be dropping by during the summer holidays, look out for the Big Local badge when we come to your door.

Big Local Resident Forums

“How would you like £1 million to make a lasting effect on the community?”

Join the resident’s forum today and have a cuppa and a slice of cake while you are at it!

Activities for young children too during the daytime forums over the Summer Holidays.
When? 7th July & 4th August 2015

Where? The Rock, St Peter’s Church

What time? 10.30am – 12noon or 7.30 – 9pm

(Call Naif or Dan for more information if you would like to join an evening forum, as the location may change)

Big Local Picnic in the Park

When? 15th August 2015

Where? Elmfield Park

What time? 12 noon – 4pm

Based on the success of our May Bank Holiday Fun day in the Moors, we’d like you to join us for a picnic in the park. Take part with a stall, have fun and have your say, there are a lot of exciting new opportunities we can’t wait to share with you!

Would you like to support any of these events?

What other events would you like to see?

Get in touch with Naif or Dan and we’ll see how we can support you.

Elmfield Park Update

On the 29th January 2015, 114 people signed a petition to put a path in Elmfield Park. In response, Big Local in partnership with Cheltenham Borough Council will put in a path between the Gardner’s Lane entrance and the entrance towards Denman Avenue.

There will also be adjustments to the Elmfield Road entrance and the Marsh Lane entrance to combat some of the issues resident’s face with muddiness in the winter. The work is taking place now and it is hoped that the improvements will be finished by the start of the Summer Holidays.

How much will it cost?

Big Local are putting £9,200 towards this project, any other costs will be covered by Cheltenham Borough Council.

Who signed the petition?

We had 114 responses, 66 responses were from the Big Local area, 46 responses were people who lived outside the area but frequently use the space. The remaining 2 responses did not specify where they came from.

How can I get involved?

Big Local want more people like you, with an interest in the future of the St. Peter’s & The Moors. Lets make this “An inspiring community of supportive neighbours”.

“What other improvements would you like to see in your Big Local Area?” join the conversation…

Visit a resident forum, or get in touch to see what else we will support in the local area.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Emily Leaving

Yesterday was Emily’s last day at The Rock which also meant that it was her last day on the Big Local Partnership, first of all we would like to thank her for all of the hard work that she has put into the project and her enthusiasm to get things done!

Without such enthusiasm it can be argued that the Community Café would not be as successful as it is today, encouraging the young volunteers and being a welcoming face, with many residents attending taking the time to talk to Emily about how the café could be improved along with what they already like.

Emily has been on the Big Local Partnership since it’s beginnings, adding energy, advice and often mentioning the Community Café on at least three occasions during meetings, I would like to say that this was showing passion! She has also worked hard, along with other members of The Rock team and architects, to draw up plans to redesign the inside of St. Peter’s Church to make it into a community space for all, with various activities being able to take place within the space.

Finally, myself and on behalf of the Big Local Partnership and residents would like to say a big thank you and good luck in your new role, I am sure we will see you soon at the Community Café!

Big Local Fun on the Green!

Sixty people joined us for the Big Local Fun on the Green event between St Peter’s Close and Tewkesbury Road in the Moors estate, Cheltenham, from 11.30am to 3pm on Saturday 23 May 2015. There was free food and drink, live music, bouncy castles, drawing, badge-making, and seedling planting for everyone to enjoy. The event gave residents the opportunity to join the Big Local volunteering programme, meet their neighbours, and shape what goes on in the St Peter’s and The Moors neighbourhood.

Naif Pierre, Big Local Project Coordinator, said: “It was amazing to see the strong sense of community in the area. We had a number of volunteers take the initiative and support the event by sharing views, residents have taken the steps to make the area a cleaner, greener, safer place to live, with more things to do and places to go.”

Cllr John Rawson, cabinet member for finance, said: “This is one of several Big Local events that will take place over the summer in St Peter’s and the Moors, this event successfully helped build a sense of pride and ownership over the shared spaces in the area.”

The event was also organised by Caroline Bell, Business Connector for Business In the Community, seconded from Lloyds Banking Group who helped to organise the event. She worked with the local Greggs and Booker stores who donated refreshments, as well as Gotherington Nursery and The Butterfly Garden who gave plants and gardening materials.

We are grateful to them for their support to the local community.

If you would like to join the conversation, offer your views, time, enthusiasm and skills to support communities in St Peter’s and the Moors, visit our website: sptm.org.uk or email: sptmbiglocal@gmail.com.

Big Local Event!

Join us for fun on the green

Come and join in the fun at a FREE Big Local event on the green space between St Peter’s Close and Tewkesbury Road in the Moors estate, Cheltenham, from 11.30am to 3pm on Saturday 23 May 2015.

There will be free food and drink, live music, bouncy castles, drawing and badge-making, and seedling planting for everyone to enjoy.

The event gives residents the opportunity to join the Big Local volunteering programme and meet their neighbours; and shape what goes on in the St Peter’s and the Moors neighbourhood by sharing views on how to make the area cleaner, greener, safer place to live, with more things to do and places to go.

Naif Pierre, Big Local Project Coordinator, says: “There is something for the whole family to enjoy this bank holiday weekend. We hope that local residents can take some time out to come along to have some fun and meet their neighbours – and there will be the opportunity for residents to give their views on how to further improve the area for everyone.”

Cllr John Rawson, cabinet member for finance, says: “This is one of several Big Local events that will take place over the summer in St Peter’s and the Moors. This event aims to develop a sense of pride and ownership in residents over the shared spaces in the area.”

If you would like to join the conversation, offer your views, time, enthusiasm and skills to support communities in St Peter’s and the Moors, visit our website: sptm.org.uk or email: sptmbiglocal@gmail.com

If you are interested in getting involved in Big Local please contact us:

Website: www.sptm.org.uk Twitter: @CheltBigLocal Facebook: Cheltenham Big Local

Email: sptmbiglocal@gmail.com Work Tel: Dan Millin or Naif Pierre 07914 347 483/ 01242 700700

Final Landscape Architecture Presentations!

On the morning of Tuesday 5th May, the Landscape Architecture students from the University of Gloucestershire presented to an audience at Gas Green Baptist Church, on their ideas for possible projects in the area. The audience included fellow students, residents from the Big Local area, the two Big Local workers and representatives from Gas Green.

This was part of the third year students final assignment for the module Design and Community, where they were asked to work with a community to come up with imaginative project ideas for the area, that encourage the community to come together. They were also required to take into account the aims of the St. Peter’s and The Moors (SPTM) Big Local, ensuring that their project could improve one of these.

As a result of engaging with the community through the Community Café, visiting Gardner’s Lane School and talking to people in their own time the four groups of students came up with the following possible projects:

  • A mural on the Tewkesbury Road retaining wall
  • Need 4 Seed – At home food growing project
  • Cheltenham Orchard (A community orchard)
  • Mucky Spade – A time bank gardening group

All four groups presented their proposed projects to a high standard with booklets being given out to demonstrate how their projects would work and what they would look like, there was also a model built to show the murals and food growing kits made.

We from the SPTM Big Local would like to say a big thank you to Scott and his students for putting in so much time and effort, which has built up a successful partnership between us and the Landscape Architecture department. We would like to wish all the students the best of luck in the future and look forward to working with the Landscape Architecture department again.   

Need 4 Seed present their food growing idea

Need 4 Seed present their food growing idea

Members of the audience listening

Members of the audience listening

Members of the audience look at  the plans

Members of the audience look at the plans

Mucky Spade present their idea

Mucky Spade present their idea

Scott says a few words

Scott says a few words

Spring Event Presentation

On Tuesday 14th April the St. Peter’s and The Moors Big Local attended a Local Trust Spring Event in Bristol at the Clifton Pavilion to put on a workshop about our partnership with the University of Gloucestershire.

Dan, Naif, David (Resident), Scott (Lecturer) and his students all combined to present to other Big Local areas as well as members of the Neighbourhood Association for Neighbourhood Management, The Local Trust and other organisations at the event.

The presentation itself can be seen by clicking on the link below:

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We would like to thank everyone who has helped make this partnership a success, The Local Trust for inviting us to share our journey and to the people who attended the workshop.

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