Welcome to the Whitley Bay 'Our Bigger Story' website. This is part of the multi media evaluation of 15 Big Local areas in England. The website is an opportunity to follow what is changing in Whitley Bay as a result of Big Local over a ten year period.
The aim of the website is to share the learning from everything that is happening in Whitley Bay with other Big Local areas and highlight what works in communities with a wider audience of practitioners and policy makers
Whitley Bay Big Local has supported the carnival for several years - with time and money. Resurrecting the carnival was something a lot of residents wanted to see and everyone is encouraged to participate. Lots of work goes into helping people think about how they want to be involved, making costumes, providing workshop space etc. This film of the carnival tells the story of why it is a significant local event and illustrates how fun events are so important.
The six-month pilot project aims to tackle jobs that people believe belong to someone else and will include activities such as small scale weeding and litter picking whilst helping less able community members to tackle jobs around the outside of their homes. Read all about it here.
On 5th August 2016, WBBL brought together residents, volunteers, community organisations, local businesses and public agencies to tell their stories about how Big Local is making their town an even better place to live.
In this presentation from the Newcastle Big Local Spring Event in Newcastle (April 2016) Carol Alevroyianni talks about the Whitley Bay Carnival and its role in developing a stronger sense of community and promoting awareness of Big Local as well as providing employment opportunities for local residents.
Extensive consultation has resulted in 500 people suggesting ideas about Whitley Bay. All comments and suggestions were ranked based on impact and ‘do-ability’ and a draft plan was shared at an open meeting in January 2016. A Partnership away day was held to reflect on previous delivery and consider logistical and capacity issues in the delivery of agreed projects, and achieve consensus for the detailed draft version of the Plan. Contents include: Review of years 1 and 2 Summary of object
Issue 2 of the Whitley Bay Big Local newsletter includes news about the WBBL plan for Year 3, local activities, the small grants pot, and has a 'You Said - We Did' column to show how WBBL is helping to make change happen.