The Challenge Continues….

From: Jo Richmond
Sent: 02 April 2012 15:07
Subject: The Challenge Continues….

the community shop is going from strength to strength – it is packed with donations and has a network of people collecting, washing, ironing and a full rota of volunteers making it all happen. Its average income is looking positive, and we could well be in a position to extend the lease and it will pay its way as well as raise money for the area. The review in June will help us establish what level of surplus there could be – and how we go about investing it. Next stage is to get a community noticeboard up and start getting information and skills sharing happening via the shop.

We are working with all the winning projects from the PB event – all 5 look deliverable and at the moment are working with VAC and Waseem to do a fuller project plan and budget – a couple of the groups need a bit of help with governance.

Our final Dragons Den we are hoping to evolve into a neighbourhood PG planning event – we hope to get a group of residents together (using our new contacts – and old) and agree a bit of a neighbourhood action plan, encourage residents to put their names to Actions (and give them support to deliver) and also enable them to commission small scale projects and bits of work. This would be using what we have learnt from all the different approaches we have taken.

The apprentices are going strong and we feel positive this will result in more local people permanently employed to deliver services in their own neighbourhoods – ensuring that sense of ownership and helping people to get re connect with local service providers – there has been really positive local feedback and the older people in the community particularly like having contact with the young men who work on their streets, it makes them feel safer and more connected (they tell us).

As a bi product of the Challenge the local school worked with Boothtown Partnership and ran a tea dance for older people in sheltered accommodation around the very near neighbourhood – this would never have happened before – neither group considered each other a partner and neither had a particular relationship.

Mammuna continues to work with the young people to develop projects and ideas they want to see happen in the community – this is slow work and we are seeking to do a couple of quick wins with them to encourage that longer term commitment. The volunteering is incentivised – but what they have chosen to work towards required quite a few hours work – and some young people find this harder – so we will do something extra as an encouragement.

We will blog again soon….



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Tea Dance

You are invited to join us for a Tea Dance at Rawson School.

On Monday 26th March 3:20pm till 4:20pm

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Vicky – 07861450916

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The Winners of Boothtown Community Budget.

Over 300 people came to vote on the 11 projects on Saturday – it was a great day, all the projects had stalls plus lots of fun stuff to do as well as services including Neighbourhood Police Team, Fire Service, Health advice, Surestart, Community Shop 

The winning projects are:

  •  Halifax Star Boxing Club development/volunteer training/expansion/sustainability plan  (142 votes)
  • Employment and training project developed by local parents (164 votes)
  • Development of Shotokan Karate Club (153 votes)
  • Multi Use Games Area (248 votes)
  • Junior Football club development and self management/development of local pitch (409 votes)

 Total allocation is 49k.

The projects who didn’t win, where they are community led, Halifax central Initiative will work with them, with VAC, to try and identify additional sources of funding. The ones who didn’t win include the Boys Brigade, community noticeboard project, Phoenix Radio project, In Bloom and  the Trim Trail.

Well done to everyone who took and everyone who came along to support and vote. It’s going to be a very exciting time ahead for Boothtown!

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Boothtown ward forum and PACT Tonight!

Boothtown Ward Forum and PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting
Tuesday 28 February
Boothtown Methodist Church, Boothtown Road, Halifax.
7.00pm start with refreshments and signing in from 6.30pm.

Please find below the agenda and minutes for the upcoming Boothtown ward forum.

Boothtown Agenda 28/2/2012

Boothtown ward forum and pact minutes DEC 2011
Come along to get involved in what happens in your local area and discuss what is important to you.
The meetings are a great place to meet your local Councillors, Calderdale Council staff, police and other services we work with.

If can’t make a meeting but want to raise an issue please email or call 01422 365948. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Winners announced! Well done everyone

Well done to everyone who took part in the Boothtown Community Budget. Over 300 local residents turned out at Rawson school to decide which of the 11 projects got a share in the 50k community budget! Check out tomorrow’s blog with a full list of winners and pictures. A big thank you to Rawson school for hosting the day and a big thank you all everyone who came along and got involved,

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Place your vote now on the 11 projects bidding for funding from the 50k Community Budget.

Please click on the link below to make your vote and view information on the projects.

Who wins…you decide!

If you require further information  please ring Halifax Central Initiative on 01422 365948

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Boothtown Community Budget

To view the projects bidding for your vote click here.

To place your vote please complete the following form. You can pick your top 5 choices.

(This voting form will close on Friday 24 February at 12noon.)

All votes will be collected and counted on the voting day at Rawson School on Saturday 25 February 2012.

Who wins…you decide!


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