Roseworth Big Local is funded through the Big Local Initiative, an exciting grant programme pioneering resident-led, place-based funding. It has provided an opportunity for Roseworth residents to voice how they feel about the estate and what they would like to see in the future.
The Big Lottery Fund identified 150 areas that had historically ‘missed out’ on funding. Each of those areas was allocated £1m to spend in any way they chose, providing local residents organised themselves and involved the wider community.
Big Local is funded for a decade, allowing the community to take their time, make decisions and deliver change.
Some of our achievements so far
Consultation with Roseworth residents was undertaken to inform the Roseworth Big Local plan, to ensure that the actions of the Roseworth Big Local Partnership were in line with the needs of the Ward. A plan was written and submitted to the Local Trust
A group of local residents, ward councillors, and advisers was convened to guide the overall direction of the Big Local in Roseworth, they are now called the Roseworth Big Local Partnership. In December 2016, the Local Trust endorsed the Roseworth Big Local Plan.
With the Roseworth Big Local plan forming the roadmap, the Roseworth Big Local Partnership set out to enhance the lives of people living in Roseworth by improving their local community and environment. In 2016 the Roseworth Big Local did the following: Set up a children’s and young people’s activity group who meet regularly. Supported a number of activities throughout the Easter holidays. Began running children’s and young people’s football sessions with Bernie Slaven. Put on a Halloween party for the Ward Facilitated bus trips for people in the ward to South Shields and Whitby. Joint funded the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) now open to the public on Roseworth. Hosted a Summer Fun Day for everyone in the Ward on the grounds of Kiora Hall. Put on a Christmas Party for children
This year Roseworth Big local were involved in lots of different local activities and support: Further funding for children’s and young people’s activity groups. More activities and celebrations during the Easter holidays. Part funded a sensory garden for Autistic children in the ward. Increased the provision of football groups with Bernie Slaven. Hosted
Consulted with local residents to begin to develop a new big local plan Worked with local organisations to hold consultation with local young people Contributed funds to a summer of activities for Roseworth young people Held a family fun day at Kiora Hall Continued to fund outdoor health and fitness sessions at the outdoor gym in partnership with Tees Active. Supported local residents to developing the new ‘wildlife reading’ area at Roseworth Library – in partnership with Tees Valley Wildlife Trust
Continued to fund football sessions with Bernie Slaven Provided funding to support the continuation of the youth club Started a resident led drop in at Elim church Supported children and young peoples half term and summer holiday programmes Attended a number of community events and forums Funded a Christmas party for local residents The community choir performed across the borough at a number of events Contributed to the Forest Schools project at Rosebrook primary school
Provided funding for new local walking groups and running groups Continued to fund football sessions with Bernie Slaven Provided funding to support the continuation of the youth club Agreed to fund a new afterschool club at the Hope centre (paused due to covid) Attended local forums and community meetings to promote the Roseworth area Started a new open to all weekly drop in meeting at a local cafe with the partnership Chair and development worker
This year we had to pause a lot of our funded activities in March due to the risk presented by coronavirus. However, the members still met every 6 weeks and were able to continue to action tasks for the local community: Provided funding to improve community spaces and plant wildflowers and trees at junction road Made a donation to local foodbanks to support vulnerable people during COVID-19 Started a new virtual coffee morning to support isolated residents during COVID 19 Made telephone check in calls to community members in isolation Hosted online competitions and activities for local young people and residents during isolation such as window decorating and promoting VE day celebrations. Gave funding to Eastern Ravens and EPIC, who provided summer holiday activities and lunches for local young people – in partnership with Stockton council and catalyst. Gave a grant to a local school