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St James Street Big Local

Newsletter - June 2014

Come & See us at Stoneydown Folk Festival

It is the 4th annual Stoneydown Folk Festival on Sunday 29th June 2014, 2-6pm. We will have a stall in the park and we will be gathering wishes on our "wishing tree".

Come along and tell us Your Wish for the St James Street Area?

Fill in as many cards as you like and hang them on the tree. We will collect the wishes and report back with the results in a few weeks time.

Come and listen to the music, enjoy a drink, browse the stalls and discuss how to make the area an even better place to live!

It would be great if we could add 100 more wishes to our growing pile. So far over 150 people have had their say. Make sure you have yours too.

Have your say online!

Follow this link to our online survey and have your say about how to spend the £1m allocated to the St James Street area over the next 10 years. The money can be used for almost anything that will make the area an even better place to live, for example training and employment schemes, new community facilities etc. It cannot be used for projects normally funded by the government, e.g. repairing potholes etc. In order for Big Local to be a success we need to collect positive ideas and solutions. Over 150 people have already had their say so make sure you make your views known - if you don't give us your ideas, then someone else will!

Have your say - Click Here to take the Big Local Survey!

We have a worker!

If you have been following our progress you will know that our Getting Started enabling grant was released in February and we got down to the business of finding a community worker to help with our engagement activities over the next few months. After learning all about the nitty gritty of job adverts, interviews and contracts we are now delighted to announce that Neesha Badham was appointed as our worker in April. Neesha also works in various posts for our Local Trusted Organisation - the local charity Crest - and you may have spotted her at ThinkArts events, in the gallery space at Harmony Hall or in the Crest Charity Shop at ?? High Street. 

Since she started, Neesha attended the E-List Live, has been coordinating volunteers delivering our first newsletter to every St James Big Local address, and is working on some fantastic events. Do get in touch with Neesha if you would like to get involved with Big Local or would like to know more about her activities. She would be particularly interested to hear from anyone who would be interested in taking part in our Street Champions scheme where you, and your neighbours, can win prizes and funding linked to improvements to your local spaces. You can reach Neesha by email at or on her Big Local hotline:  07881 015873

How can you help?

Our group have just delivered 4000 paper newsletters to every house within the St James Street mapped area. It will be a few months before we do another mailing but it would be great if you could help deliver to your street. Do you know anyone that can help? Would you like to get involved and meet new people? Could you help with a few deliveries? If so, click here to sign up!

We are also looking for volunteers to help with IT, marketing, film making, admin, event planning, data entry, newsletter production, human resources and finance/accounting. If you have any experience (or want to get some!) do get in touch by sending us a message through the website here.

Do you have a group that would want to host or attend a meeting? Or do you have an idea for a consultation event? Send us a message here.

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