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.
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.
A full review of the programme from was concluded at a dedicated Partnership awayday held on 29 October 2015. The Review also drew upon a Partnership Review questionnaire completed by Partnership members in May 2015 and widespread public consultation during July and August 2015 on whether projects undertaken to date addressed the top community priorities. this is the resulting plan 2016-2018.
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.