Clubmoor Ward is celebrating the launch of MyClubmoor, an exciting project which will see an investment of £1million pounds into the ward over the next 10 years.
Where and how this money is spent is entirely up to the community. This pioneering scheme is putting decision making power directly into the hands of local people.
Lianne McGinnes, local resident and chair of Clubmoor Youth Community Group believes ‘This is a really fantastic opportunity for us all to make a real difference for our community. It’s not just about the money it’s about us coming together and building on the great things going on in our area.
In order to draw down the cash the community need to come together to agree a joint vision that will guide investment into the area and make a real difference to local people. The funding could be used for anything from supporting community facilities to starting up training and employment schemes, tackling anti-social behaviour, or providing more activities for young people.
But rather than using the money to simply allocate grants for initiatives, residents are encouraged to use different, more sustainable ways of financing, for example giving loans or funding social enterprises, where money could be reinvested in the community.
Over the next 3 months MyClubmoor volunteers will be out and about in the ward talking to the community and collecting local people’s views. This has never been done before, and it’s a really exciting opportunity for local people to come together and do something great for their local area and be able to make a real impact.
The money comes from a £200m Big Lottery Fund scheme called Big Local, which aims to give communities a leading role in making decisions about how to improve their area and tackle local problems.
Debbie Ladds, Chief Executive, Local Trust said: “Big Local is an exciting community initiative working with residents, community groups and others in the Big Local areas across England to help them make their area an even better place to live.
“Local Trust will work with communities and a range of partner organisations to help them identify what matters most to them, and to take action to change things for the better – now and in the future.”
We are in the early stages of the project and there are loads of ways for everyone to get involved so please join us. To find out more please go to www.myclubmoor.co.uk or pick up information in your local area. Just look out for the MyClubmoor Logo.