Welcome to the Birchfield '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 Birchfield 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 Birchfield with other Big Local areas and highlight what works in communities with a wider audience of practitioners and policy makers.

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  • October 6, 2016 Film

    Andrew Simons looks back on a year in the life of Birchfield Big Local. The highlights include the work of the Birchfield Environment Group, the Secret Garden development, Birchfield in Bloom, playschemes and family fun days – and much more.

  • October 6, 2016 Film

    This film introduces the work of Birchfield Big Local. It focuses particularly on the use of small grants, and support from UnLtd, to develop sustainable local social enterprises. These include Hope Acupuncture Clinic, School+ (homework club), Eco Gardening Services and holiday playschemes

  • June 2, 2016 Film

    In this film members of the Birchfield Big Local partnership talk about what Big Local has achieved in the community and their hopes for the future. In particular they highlight the role of volunteers in delivering local services against the Big Local’s objectives and efforts to promote social enterprise as a means of strengthening the local economy.

  • April 22, 2016 Film

    In this film local residents talk about the benefits of volunteering with Birchfield Big Local: the skills and knowledge they have ganed and how they hope this will lead to employment.

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    June 6, 2016 Text

    In this presentation from the Big Local Spring Event in Sheffield (April 2016) representatives from Birchfield Big Local describe the roles played by volunteers in delivering their Plan. These include running Stepping Forward (Job Club), providing benefits/debt advice, running the women’s group as well as environmental and heritage trail projects. The presentation also demonstrates how, in partnership with UnLTD, Birchfield Big Local is developing local social enterprises with residents.

  • May 23, 2016 Photo

    Stepping Forward aims to provide a friendly and relaxed environment in which local people can improve their prospects for the future and explore the opportunities available to them. It includes the support you might find in a job club. However, it will also offer the opportunity for people to learn new skills, for example, conversational English and basic IT and build their confidence. The support provided will be tailored to meet the specific needs of those attending and much of the support wil

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    December 22, 2015 Text

    Birchfield Big Local starts from the premise that the glass is half full. The area already has many assets – in particular the energy, skills, talents and aspirations of the people that live and work here. The community plan aims to enable and encourage people to develop their skills, talents and aspirations. The area also has many physical assets including underused land and community facilities that could with some negotiation, careful planning and modest investment be better used.