Local Trust announced in 2012 that North East Hastings had been selected to be a Big Local area and to have £1million to make a massive and lasting difference to the community. An Interim Steering Group was formed, bringing together a range of experienced people, who have a great deal of knowledge about the needs of the North East Hastings area, and the local issues. Orbit South was appointed as the "trusted organisation" to hold funds and enter into agreements on behalf of the Interim Steering Group.
In May 2013, the Interim Steering Group commissioned a consortium led by HVA to raise awareness of Big Local and to consult with local residents about what they thought of the area and what the £1million should be invested in. The consortium worked between May and August distributing leaflets, holding and attending events, and setting up this website, a Facebook page and a Twitter account for Big Local in North East Hastings. The consortium's progress report given to the Interim Steering Group in July 2013 and a summary of the final report presented in September 2013 can be downloaded by clicking on the files below.
In June 2013, the Interim Steering Group had a development day. The papers can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.
On 3rd October 2013, two sessions were held in the Ore Centre to thank volunteers and groups who have expressed interest in helping with Big Local. The Getting Started team outlined the main findings from the consultation. The Chair of the Interim Steering Group explained what will happen next. The Big Local rep led discussions about what individuals and groups can do, and the skills and experience needed by members of the resident-led partnership which will take over from the Interim Steering Group.
The first meeting of the communications sub-group was held on 7th November 2013 at Broomgrove Community Centre.
A meeting to launch the North East Hastings Big Local Group and to start to form the resident-led partnership was held on Saturday 16th November 2013 at The Bridge Community Centre, Priory Road, Hastings. The Chair of the Interim Steering Group gave a short progress report. Issues discussed included terms of reference for the Big Local Group, values and a code of conduct for the resident-led partnership which will take over management of the Big Local programme from the Interim Steering Group, arrangements for meetings and the memorandum of understanding between the resident-led partnership and Local Trust. Many of those present put themselves forward for election to the resident-led partnership. The notes of the meeting can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
On 12th December 2013 the first general meeting of the North East Hastings Big Local Group was held in The Bridge Community Centre. The meeting elected the members of the resident-led Partnership, which will manage the Big Local activities, and approved the terms of reference for the Big Local Group and the resident-led Partnership. Jan Papworth, the new part-time community development worker for Big Local North East Hastings was introduced and welcomed by the members.
There was a quiz night sponsored by Big Local, including a report on progress so far, on 17th January 2014 at the Ore Centre. 12 teams took part (around 60 people) with the eventual winners being STEPS, an organisation that provides support for over 65’s in the area. £300 was raised for St Georges Paediatric Children’s ward in recognition of their invaluable treatment of a local boy.
The resident-led partnership met for the first time on 27th January 2014.
£1 million is to be spent in North East Hastings for the community, by the community as part of Big Local grant scheme. Find out more or how to get involved/give your ideas here