Growing Together

Growing Together

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

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  • July 24, 2019 Film

    Local residents, young people’s groups, Big Local partnership members, a local councillor, the LTO and other officers from the public and voluntary sectors met together to review Growing Together’s progress since 2013. This film highlights some of the contributions and key messages for Big Local and other programmes.

  • June 6, 2019 Film

    Growing Together Big Local has used its resources to respond to local people's aspirations for themselves and their area. With just one big project left to complete, (to improve the environment around three local lakes), this film illustrates some examples of what has been achieved so far.

  • June 6, 2019 Film

    Growing Together Big Local has supported the development of community activity through its small grants scheme. One project they have supported was a Saturday morning drama club. This has now grown into an independent performing arts group which has a base in the local shopping centre. This film illustrates how it works and its value, as identified by the young members.

  • April 23, 2019 Film

    The group has been very successful and have staged many productions for parents and local people. This group is working on West Side Story.

  • August 2, 2018 Film

    Growing Together Big Local works across five distinct areas. In 2017, they opened the Brookside Community Hub and a community gardening club has developed. The increased activity at the hub and the improvement to the physical environment around the hub have improved residents feelings about where they live. This short film tells the story of the community garden.

  • April 18, 2018 Film

    The Hub is a very successful community centre, funded by Growing Together. They are open three days a week and hold various activities for the local residents'. They have tea and toast mornings, Mum and tots, craft and knitting sessions, fitness classes, various surgeries with the Housing Officer, Citizans Advice Bureau and others. Along with a wealth of other information and help.

  • April 18, 2018 Film

    Instalation of the replacement slide

  • May 3, 2017 Film

    Shirley will explain how it started and what they are doing, hot meals are provided on Wednesdays and Christmas day, exercises, bingo and many other activities. All elderly people living in the area and looking after each other.

  • April 17, 2017 Film

    A quick look at the Growing Together area in Northampton. Just a few of the local projects and people the Lottery funding has supported.

  • September 14, 2016 Film

    After consultation with many local people it was decided that a place where people could go for a coffee and a chat would be very useful. They would be able to have a consultation with local councillors, the housing officers, possible with CBI and other organisations. The Hub has two rooms in the local community centre, one for socializing and another smaller room for private consultations. There is a small grassy play area outside the Hub with some play equipment for the children to play on.

  • July 25, 2016 Film

    Foxcovert Wood was a rather neglected area, within the Growing Together area. It was used as a place to dump rubbish. After consultation with many of the local residents it was decided that it would be a good area to clear it and put some play equipment in for the younger teenagers. An opening day was held and attended by many of the local youngsters and local residents. There was a magician, face painting, cakes and drinks available. It was a very successful day.

  • August 26, 2015 Film

    More opportunities for young people came out top of the community's priority list during consultation work at the start of the Big Local programme. One of the providers commissioned by Growing Together is Change of Scene, established in 2010 with a grant from the Big Lottery Fund's Access to Nature Programme. It has been working with young people from the Growing Together estates ever since.