Archive for April, 2011


Community Researchers needed…..

We are looking for some Community Researchers to volunteer their time and help us spread the news about the new things that are happening in Coopers Edge and find out what people think about our community at the moment.

We’d like the researchers to:

· Come along to a 2 hour informal training session on the 14th May in the morning

· Complete a minimum of 10 surveys, each taking around 15minutes. This can be with friends and neighbours in Coopers Edge

· Do the surveys again in January 2012 with the same people

This is a good opportunity to gain some skills and meet new people within Coopers Edge. You’ll also find out a lot more about the things that are happening in our community.

If you would like to discuss this in a little more detail, or would like to find out more before you decide if you would like to know more before you decide if you would like to be involved then please reply to this email or give us a call on 07923599526.

You don’t need to have any specific research skills, other than the ability to listen to others and record what they say accurately.

If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact us using the details above.


Our first full month…..

Well, after our first full month of the Neighbourhood Challenge its time for a little reflection on how things have been going.
1. What’s been going well so far and why?
We have been really really pleased by how many people want to get involved. Whilst we have always been very clear that we wanted to achieve more for the Coopers Edge Community than just the school, the section 106 money that was provided by the developers is ‘just for the school’ so our ‘outside school’ activities have previously been limited by a lack of funds. The Neighbourhood Challenge has changed all that, and has given us the opportunity to focus on the community before community room opens in the school.
We have had lots of different ideas from lots of different people, particularly about the community party and activities that people want to see at the community centre. We are really looking forward to the community party and hope this will really bring the Neighbourhood Challenge to life for everyone in Coopers Edge.
2. What are the most challenging things you’ve faced so far and why?
Possibly the most challenging thing we have faced so far has been getting our contracts signed, sealed and delivered. As a group of volunteers without our own dedicated lawyer pouring through pages and pages of a contract seemed an almost impossible task and there were a fair few late nights and lots of to-ing and fro-ing but we got there in the end.
One of the other big challenges we have faced is dealing with elements of the media, whilst we appreciate there is a lot of interest in the Neighbourhood Challenge and we want to work with the local media to share this positive story for the benefit of other communities there have been a few people who don’t understand that volunteers with jobs and families, can’t just drop everything at a minutes notice to record an interview with them. Perhaps for seasoned press officers this would not be much of a challenge, but for a group of people just wanting to do their best for their community this can be hard.
3. How have the community been involved in the project set up so far?
The community has been involved in every element of the project, lots of people contributed to the proposal itself; however we have been overwhelmed by the number of people that have got involved with project now we have some momentum behind us. A couple of volunteers have come on board ad started to organize the community newsletter, hoping to make it self funding.
The Facebook group has started to become more active with lots of people sharing ideas and making suggestions, and we have out first meeting to plan the community party tomorrow night.
We are hoping that when the community centre is up and running more people will be able to get involved in planning the activities that they want to see on offer.
4. Has anything surprising happened, within or around your project so far?
The most surprising thing has been how much help is out there for community and voluntary groups, if you know where to look. As part of the Neighbourhood Challenge package we have been given free membership of the NCVO and they have been so helpful in pointing us in the direction of people who can help us. We are have just applied to join GAVCA and they have been phenomenally helpful. We are hoping that our membership of this group will help us link up with other projects locally and help ensure that the Neighbourhood Challenge legacy is sustainable.


Coopers Edge fete planning – 27 April · 20:00 – 23:00

Hi everyone,
We’re organising a community fete which will take place on 22nd May, and all Coopers Edge residents will be invited.
As this will be a fete for our community we’d really love to meet as many people as possible before the fete so we can have your input.
A budget has already been agreed, and so far we in the process of sorting out food, bouncy castle and toilets.
Any help that you can offer will be gratefully received, and would love to hear your thoughts up at The Whittle on 27th April over a drink.
With lots of new people moving to the area there’s bound to be people with lots of different things to offer. Just some of the things we are hoping to find people to do are designing the posters that will be put up to advertise the fete, and anyone who may have raffle prizes they want to donate, or may wish to have a small stall at the event.
We hope you want to find out more, and look forward to seeing you at The Whittle.
Gill and the Coopers Edge Community Group

Let us know your coming by visiting the Facebook group


What we need to transform!

Our blog is pretty wordy at the moment, with just the one picture of a few is us at the Neighbourhood Challenge final. We wanted to change that as we don’t want to be (too) boring, and as they say a picture paints a thousand words!
A few people have asked what the Temporary Community Centre will look like, well at its a temporary classroom, and at the moment a pretty run down one and we have attached some photos. You will see its pretty run down, however we are confident that we can turn it into a really nice community room, and it will be pretty special as it will be Coopers Edge’s first community facility!
If anyone local is an artist or photographer and would like to give us some ideas of what can go on the walls or how we can brighten it up (once we have done it up) we would love to hear from you. The more people that can get involved in making the room personal to Coopers Edge the better.
Anyway, that’s it for now, we hope to have some far more glamorous ‘after’ photos to show you in a couple of weeks!






Temporary Community Centre – Planning Application

Only a very short blog today as everything is so busy, lots of enquiries about the community organiser posts and lots of planning to do but just wanted to put up the link to the planning application for the Temporary Community Centre, it can now be found online at