Portion of £1million fund to be spent on Worle community
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 May 2014
A SLICE of a £1million fund will be spent on community events, training and environment projects as part of a scheme to boost Worle.
The Big Worle Project aims to bring residents together through new activities and the cash has been provided by the Big Lottery Fund to help improve services and clubs from St Mark’s Church to Priory Community School and Castle Batch Community Centre to New Bristol Road.
Members involved in the project have drawn up eight ‘priority’ areas and these are now waiting to be approved by the Big Lottery Fund.
If they are given the green light, about £300,000 will be taken from the £1million pot to secure the first three years of events and services.
These ideas have been generated through more than a year of residents’ meetings and community events.
Project member Lorraine Bush, who is the scheme’s North Somerset Council representative, said: “After more than a year of listening to views and holding community events, where people chose where they wanted money to go, everyone’s views, comments and research has been compiled into a plan which we will be submitting to the trust which holds the money.
“It’s really exciting for us.”
The plan submission follows a launch event for the project’s logo, designed by Shane Binding.
A design competition was held and organisers received 67 entries from residents, Beckett Primary School and Worle Community School.
Lorraine said: “The community logo will hopefully be seen all over Worle and we will be having another celebration to acknowledge Beckett and Worle School for all their hard work.
“We will be continuing communication with the community and holding events where people can pitch for funding, like a local dragons’ den.
“There is going to be some work around learning, training and employment and we will be looking at opportunities for volunteers to secure employment or enter into training.”
The priority areas also include the theme of active lifestyles and the project is planning on creating an outdoor gym for community use, as well as youth activities, cleaning-up projects and installing new signs around Worle.
Lorraine added: “Each of the priorities identified will have a task group and they will develop those initiatives.
“We have worked really hard to get to this point and hopefully what we have said will meet the priorities of the Big Lottery Fund. It will approve what money needs to go to those areas and we should know that within a month.
“We are getting started on work in this area, with the task groups, because we do not want to lose momentum.
“After two years we will review the plan and then in the third year we will update it, because things are likely to change, as it is a 10-year programme.
“And we really want to thank everyone who has contributed so far.”
n To find out more about the project visit www.bigworle.co.uk