Our story

In December 2012, St Peter’s and The Moors was selected as one of the 150 Big Local areas in England to receive at least £1 million from the Local Trust over 10 years!

Big Local is an exciting initiative that’s funded by the Big Lottery Fund, managed by Local Trust, and designed to bring together the talent, ambitions, skills, and energy of residents, groups, and organisations who want to make their area a better place to live and work.

Our two year plan to transform the area was accepted by the Local Trust in December 2014 and since then, we have gone from strength to strength, engaging with more residents and reaching more people who have benefited from what we have to offer.

Our long term vision for St Peter’s and The Moors is to be “An inspiring community of supportive neighbours.”

To make our vision a reality, we want to:

  • enable residents to be supportive neighbours;
  • help residents to make ends meet;
  • make the area safer and cleaner; and
  • develop more things to do and places to go in our community.

A lot of people enjoy living in St. Peter’s and The Moors and there’s a strong sense of community. However, unlike other areas in Cheltenham where there are concentrations of people living on low incomes, our area has not previously benefited from regeneration funding.

This is why the SPTM Big Local project is a great opportunity for local residents to decide what changes would improve the area for the future, and how we can make it an even better place to live and work.

Our story

Meet the team

Kelly Patterson

Project Coordinator

Kelly is the SPTM Big Local Project Coordinator and she has been in the role for the past 3 years. She helps to develop and deliver all of Big Local’s projects, activities, and events, and she’s always on the lookout for extra funding and opportunities that will benefit the residents of St. Peter’s and The Moors.

During her time in charge of the project, she has created what has been one of SPTM’s biggest successes, the #ReduceWaste Food Project. As part of the project, food donations from local supermarkets are offered to people in the community who need a bit of extra help in these tough times.

Kelly is passionate about this community and its people, and she works tirelessly to make it a better place to live and work.

Ali English

Big Local Community Link

Ali is SPTM’s Community Link Worker and she has been in the role for just over a year. She is a very familiar face in the community and is always out and about, talking to residents and businesses about living and working in ST. Peter’s and The Moors and the changes they would like to see.

A big part of what Ali does is supporting residents to get involved with community projects and activities, and encouraging them to share their skills for the benefit of the community and themselves.

Ali delivers lots of activities that residents can get involved with to improve mental health, reduce social isolation, and help them make new connections in the community.

She also helps out with the #ReduceWaste food project and posts weekly recipe ideas on our social media pages to inspire families on a budget to get creative, save money, and reduce food waste.


Meet the partnership

Alison Samways
Resident Member

Shelley Dawson
Resident Member

Esther Cole
Resident Member

Michelle Robinson
Resident Member

Olivia Underhill
Organisational Member, Cheltenham Borough Homes

Destiny (Mandy) Belcher
Non-Resident Member, Youth Representative

Graham Roberts
Organisational Member, Saracens Football Club

Cllr Flo Clucas
Organisational Member, Cheltenham Borough Council

Richard Gibson
Ex-officio Member, Locally Trusted Organisation (CBC)

Margaret Jackson
Ex-officio Member, Big Local Representative

Where do we make a difference?

The SPTM Big Local project delivers activities and projects that benefit the residents and businesses along the Tewkesbury Road from Brook Road up to the Honeybourne bridges, over to Hardwick Campus, down Swindon Road, round to Bridge Street, and all of the areas in between.