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18/04/2012

The end of the Neighbourhood Challenge Year

The Neighbourhood Challenge year is now drawing to a close. Coopers Edge was extremely honoured last year to be chosen to be one of just 17 projects in the whole county to take part in this exciting project to help build on the fledgling community in Coopers Edge and the trustees feel so proud of the community for all it as achieved in just twelve short months.

This time last year there were no regular activities on offer in Coopers Edge, and if you did not have access to a car it could be a pretty isolation place to live. Now there is Family Time, Stay and Play, the Football Club, Cricket Club, Pilates, Zumba, Circuits, Youth Club and many other one off activities. All these activities have been taking part in our Temporary Community Centre, which has for the last twelve months given a heart to our community. Whilst we have loved it, it is only temporary, it does get a bit cold in the winter, quite warm in the summer and with Carters moving on we would lose our electricity and water supply, so it’s going off to a new home at the Butterfly Garden, supporting a fantastic charity who provide gardening activities for disabled children and we can celebrate the opening of the new school.

Over the next couple of years (whilst there is spare capacity in the school) we will be able to run our community activities from here, we have a great community room, a hall for hire as well as a dance studio, our fab village square where activities including the community shop/farmers market are already being planned by one of our Coopers Den projects and we are also looking forward to the Big Jubilee Lunch, our first community party in the facility.

There is one sad note with the end of the Neighbourhood Challenge funding and that is that we no longer have the funding to enable us to continue to employ our Community Organiser. Bill has done a great job over the last year, as a ambassador for Coopers Edge, beginning the fight for the S106 facilities that the developers are behind on, building partnerships with the surrounding communities and running holiday activities. Obviously it will be sad to see Bill go in May, but as I am sure you all understand without funds to pay him it is not possible to continue the contract.

However, the great thing is that the Neighbourhood Challenge has given us a springboard as a community, we now have more people than ever volunteering and helping make a difference in Coopers Edge. The recent Easter Egg hunt, bunting making workshop and Clean Up days have been completely organised by volunteers and I am sure you will all agree they were great successes. Now that we have so many people involved, we are sure that as a community we can continue the good work that the trustees and Bill have started and continue to help do many positive things in Coopers Edge.

We also have great partnerships with the parish councils, and have recently started working in partnership with Brockworth Community Project so all the good work of the trust and community group will continue. We are also working on a number of funding applications at the moment and if we are successful in any of those hope to be able to employ someone at least in a part time capacity to support all our wonderful volunteers with admin. As ever if anyone has any funding ideas please do come forward and let us know. Obviously as everyone who will be running events from May will be volunteers and may have jobs as well please be patient, but so long as we as residents continue to work together, and with neighbouring communities, Coopers Edge will go from strength to strength. This is a great community, well done on a great year, and here is to an even better one next year.

05/02/2012

January Report

What’s happened this month?

With the Christmas holidays and bank holidays it felt like January had a little bit of a slow start, but it soon gathered pace and there has been a lot going on. Coopers Edge has seen its first ever meeting of the WI, an informal get together and weekends, and if you want to book an activity in the community centre on a week night its becoming more a case of when we can fit you in! Never mind, not long til the school opens and we will have the hall, studio and community room available for hire!

The health visitor has kicked off their weekly sessions which has bought a much needed resource to the many families in Coopers Edge who really need access to this support and the community survey results have been analysed and put together ahead of unveiling next month.

What have you learnt this month?

A lot of the learning this month has been reinforcing what we have always believed, that you need to give people time and confidence to plan their own activities and sometimes that starts from a small base. One of the biggest successes this month has been the setup of five different neighbourhood watch schemes.  We arranged for the local coordinator to come along and speak, but then five different roads had the passion and enthusiasm to start their own scheme which is great.

What’s been challenging this month?

By far the biggest challenge is seeking funding to continue to work at the same level in 2012. The Neighbourhood Challenge end date is looming ever closer and the trustees are concerned that we do not want to go backwards, but we need money to go forwards. Having a paid community organiser is a huge benefit and has given us the opportunity to be available for the community more of the time, as the estate grows that will be even more important, however unless funding can be raised this resource will be lost.

Whatever happens the trust will carry on doing its best for Coopers Edge, and there are a large number of volunteers now engaged in projects, but coordination and a glue to hold it all together has been shown to be a major success of the challenge and there is a concern as to what will happen if we lose that.  

What are you proud of this month?

When the trustees were asked what they thought success would look like at the start of the neighbourhood challenge, one thing they said was other people having the confidence to run activities, that people would maybe find out about through the resources like the newsletter and social networks that we have put in place, but without any trustees being involved in the actual organising. That is happening now and it gives us huge pride.

06/01/2012

December Report

 

What’s happened this month?

Another terrific month of localism in action as the fledgling networks, associations and groups continue to flourish. Use of the community hub remains encouragingly strong and participation in activities, events, public meetings and seasonal functions has been inspiring. Issues relating to section 106 and Council service issues have again seen strong activism and representation at a local level and the pressure exerted has led to a shift in one Council’s policies. External Fundraising successes have resulted in new youth services being launched and in the face of broad sweeping cuts elsewhere the growth has been a measure of the advances the Group has made in such a short time. A comprehensive community consultation exercise was completed and near to a 40% response rate was achieved. The results will be helping to formulate our local community plan and helping in the fundraising drive for sustainability beyond the neighbourhood challenge year. The new social enterprises established through our Dragons Den events have been moving from strength to strength and look well set for the future.          

What have you learnt this month?

The key to achieving the scale of local activism is to retain a central co-ordinating role and support base. Tying all the various strands together on a platform of pure volunteering time isn’t viable. The Neighbourhood Challenge experience has mobilised many people and to galvanise and sustain a level of commitment and involvement it needs a “glue to hold it together”.    

What’s been challenging this month?

Keeping the community hub functioning and meeting heightened expectations is an on-going challenge. The benchmark has now been set high with a number of groups and networks taking off. Ensuring everything is safe, compliant and able to develop is a bit of a juggling act. Local problems relating to the development of (or lack of!) section 106 investment is still an uphill struggle and often unnavigable for many local people. The pressing issue is with the end of neighbourhood challenge in sight that the bubble may well be set to pop. The year has created so much growth and opportunity and resource wise it’s potentially all set to fall flat in May. In turn this could lead to a severely detrimental impact at a local level which will be a sad legacy following all the terrific work to date. At programme development level we recommend that greater weight be provided to help support groups with solutions and exit processes and to help to alleviate and post neighbourhood challenge crash.           

What are you proud of this month?

So many things…… Local people organising a bucket full of seasonal events and activities that saw the community hub packed solid with happiness, laughter and joy. New alliances, friendships and groups being established to meet shared interest and needs -from sports events to solving car sharing or childcare needs. Having over 30 people turning out on a freezing cold and wet Friday evening on the eve of Xmas to discuss plans for new play facilities in the community.  Getting such a fantastic response rate from the community consultation and the knowledge gained is gold dust as a platform for growth. The process was community led and delivered through every stage from planning and testing the survey through to delivering and collecting door to door. Community Pride and Passion is alive and kicking in Coopers Edge!!

03/11/2011

October Report

What’s happened this month?

Coopers Den was held on 8th October and the community turned out in strong numbers to support all the brave local souls who pitched to our business savvy dragons. It was a fantastic event and five ideas are now being supported and all will have a lasting positive impact for the community. The process has energised a number of new residents and new relationships and social enterprise partnerships have been forged. On-going use of the community hub remains at the heart of our activities and local events have been oversubscribed and our small base is struggling to contain the numbers wanting to be involved. Half term events were highly successful and we have succeeded with some external funding for development of youth engagement activities.

The first group of residents who were involved in the school bid which started an amazing four years ago now were treated to a tour of the school building. It was great to see so much hard work taking shape, and to see how the community facilities have been integrated so well. It’s no substitute for the proper community centre the developers are required to build, but it will be a start. The covered outside space is amazing and we hope to have many happy events there in years to come.

We have stated to see an increase footfall at the community centre. We had over 200 people in the community centre in the last 6 days of the month, which for a community of only 500 houses is amazing!

What have you learnt this month?

The power of communicating through social media remains pivotal and website improvements have been beneficial. Building relationships at a grass-roots level takes time and patience and for our group to grow we need to sustain the high bar that has been set for communicating with the community.

Due to some new reporting processes we are now seeing a more accurate picture of how and why the community centre is being used (see example figures above). This will allow us to plan better in the future and look at how we get the best out of this resource.

What’s been challenging this month?

People are overstretched and many are also facing up to the personal impact that economic recession causes. Keeping people engaged and committed is a constant challenge and local activists are having to juggle and dig very deep to meet targets that neighbourhood challenge has brought. As the programme year-end is in sight an exit with some sustainability is a key objective and pressing. Expectations in the community have been raised and flat ending the challenge year will have a negative and possibly lasting detrimental impact . That said we have been successful with some small funding applications and a number of volunteers have started fund-raising activities.

We have introduced a number of new processes this month (more accurate footfall reporting and improved centre booking processes) in order to try to streamline our operation and make the most effective use of our community workers time while giving the trustees the information they need to make effective decisions. While some processes are bedding in well others will take some time and may not bear fruit for a number of months, this can be frustrating at times and often seems like a paper pushing exercise but will be very useful in the future.

What are you proud of this month?

The success of Coopers Den and all the fantastic ideas and projects generated to now be taken forward by local people with a real passion and dedication for the community.  Were also very proud of the stay and play team – they were our first group of volunteers to set up an activity and they organised the first ever Halloween Party this month – it was a total sell out
and had the community centre at full capacity.  It is great to see more people using the centre in general and also the school has just opened up the multi use game
area for hire so it is beginning to feel like Coopers Edge has some resources of its own. There are some more great events being planned for November has well so exciting times are ahead.

09/10/2011

Coopers Den – The Results

Please go to http://edgyliving.wordpress.com/coopers-den/the-results/ for the results of Coopers Den

18/09/2011

What’s on in Coopers Edge this week……….

We post a weekly diary of events in Coopers Edge to keep everyone up to date with what’s going on.  If there is anything going on you want added, or you have some activities you want to run please drop an email to hello@coopersedgecommunitygroup.co.uk

Monday

The Coopers Edge Trotters are meeting at 7.30pm at the Community Centre, all abilities welcome, for more information please see http://wp.me/P1I9Px-44

Tuesday

1pm til 3pm – Family time at the Community Centre. Run by Brockworth Children’s Centre this is an ideal opportunity for parents and carers with children under five to get together.

Wednesday

It’s a big day of mid-week fitness on Wednesdays! 10am til 11am – Buggies Mummies –  One hour every Wednesday
of safe effective training to help you burn off your ‘baby fat’, and tone up your muscles. First class is free, for more information and contact Andy on 07739791939 or see http://www.dymondstrength.co.uk/#/coopers-edge/4549165924

Zumba is on Wednesday evenings.  There are two classes, one from 6pm til 7pm and 7.15 til 8.15pm. (Please note there
is a wait list only for the second class as its full at the moment). You need to book as there are only 15 spaces in each class, its £4 per session. For more
information contact Rachel on 077778599670, or go to http://www.dance-tec.co.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/256677851010982/

Friday

09.30am until 11.30 am it’s Stay and Play! Stay and Play is suitable for parents and carers with pre-school age children and is a good opportunity to meet up with fellow
parents and carers. There is a selection of toys and a snack and drink will be provided for the children and tea/coffee for adults. We just ask for a donation
of £1 to cover drinks and snacks (plus 50p for each extra child).

On Friday evening Howard Timms will be performing a solo show he recently performed in Chicago! This will take place at the Temporary Community Centre at 7.30 pm. Please come along and see the show, and donate afterwards, if you feel like it, to the Alzheimer’s Trust who the performance is in aid off.  This will also kick off a drive to form a drama group for acting training and local performance. Please not this show is not suitable for under 12’s. To quote a reviewer from the Chicago performance this show has it all, from humour to heartbreak. Howard said “Trying to reconnect my
elderly Mum with her former life through song uncovers funny, sad, and tragic memories, for more information please see http://www.howardtimms.com/Let-The-Lady-Sing.html

Saturday

The first ever Coopers Edge Clean up day take places on Saturday 24th of September. Starting at 10am from the bus stop near the T junction. It is basically going to consist of picking up the litter – womble style. As such we will need a number of team leaders to help with the organisation and a host of volunteers to pick the litter – the more the merrier. Hopefully it will show what a pro-active bunch we are and that we want to take charge, pride and care of our environment and our community in a positive way.

Sunday

For those early risers out there Sunday morning circuits is on between 9 and 10, if you want to take part you must contact Andy in advance to fill out a health screening
questionnaire. 07739791939 or see http://www.dymondstrength.co.uk/#/coopers-edge/4549165924

Coming next week…..

Monday 26th of September

Public meeting & Community Soapbox – Come along to talk through all the latest news from The Edge. We’ll cover an update from the Councils & Developers. It’s also a chance to have your say
about all things to do with The Edge.  7pm in the Community Centre.

Coming Soon…..

Pilates with Laura! Laura will be starting Pilates soon, she just wants to hear from residents  as to when the best times would be – please see http://wp.me/p1nESX-4a for more information.

And don’t forget

Coopers Den, your opportunity to make your idea for Coopers Edge into reality! Check out details here……. http://wp.me/p1nESX-3Z

Also you can now enter the September draw of the 250 Club…..details here http://wp.me/p1nESX-2O

Plus Matt and Alan would like to hear from people interested in the Football and Cricket Clubs

Football – http://wp.me/p1nESX-3M      Cricket – http://wp.me/p1nESX-2u

Assisted places

Please note Buggie Mummies, Circuits, Zumba and Pilates are posted for information only and these activities are not endorsed by the Community Group. However we do want to support residents in getting healthy, its one of our aims and if you would like to go but have an genuine case of financial hardship please email the trust or call in and see Bill in confidence and we will consider financially supporting your attendance.

11/09/2011

What’s on in Coopers Edge this week……….

We post a weekly diary of events in Coopers Edge to keep everyone up to date with what’s going on. If there is anything going on you want added, or you have some activities you want to run please drop an email to hello@coopersedgecommunitygroup.co.uk

Monday

Coopers Edge School

Whilst not a community event directly Coopers Edge School opens its doors to pupils for the first time on Monday. There has been massive community involvement in the establishment of the school and we would like to wish all the staff and children a fantastic first week.

Community Consultation

We will be undertaking a thorough consultation of residents in late September. We are in the process of preparing the questionnaire and need to ensure all the important issues are raised. We need to test this with approximately 12 residents & need volunteers for this & to attend the Temporary Community Centre on Monday 12th September at 7.00 p.m. The consultation will lead to our local action plan & so please help us out with making it right. – We already have some volunteers but you are very welcome to come along!

Tuesday

Family time

1pm til 3pm – at the Community Centre. Run by Brockworth Children’s Centre this is an ideal opportunity for parents and carers with children under five to get together.

Wednesday

It’s a big day of mid-week fitness on Wednesdays!

Buggies Mummies

10am til 11am –  One hour every Wednesday of safe effective training to help you burn off your ‘baby fat’, and tone up your muscles. First class is free, for more information and contact Andy on 07739791939 or see http://www.dymondstrength.co.uk/#/coopers-edge/4549165924

Zumba

Thee are two classes on Wednesday evenings, one from 6pm til 7pm and 7.15 til 8.15pm. (Please note there is a wait list only for the second class as it’s full at the moment). You need to book as there are only 15 spaces in each class, its £4 per session. For more information contact Rachel on 077778599670, or go to http://www.dance-tec.co.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/256677851010982/

Friday

Stay and Play

09.30am until 11.30 am it’s Stay and Play! Stay and Play is suitable for parents and carers with pre-school age children and is a good opportunity to meet up with fellow parents and carers. There is a selection of toys and a snack and drink will be provided for the children and tea/coffee for adults. We just ask for a donation of £1 to cover drinks and snacks (plus 50p for each extra child).

Sunday

For those early risers out there Sunday morning circuits is on between 9 and 10, if you want to take part you must contact Andy in advance to fill out a health screening
questionnaire. 07739791939 or see http://www.dymondstrength.co.uk/#/coopers-edge/4549165924

Coming next week…..

The first ever Coopers Edge Clean up day take places on Saturday 24th of September. Starting at 10am from the bus stop near the T junction. It is basically going to consist of picking up the litter – womble style. As such we will need a number of team leaders to help with the organisation and a host of volunteers to pick the litter – the more the merrier. Hopefully it will show what a pro-active bunch we are and that we want to take charge, pride and care of our environment and our community in a positive way

Coming Soon…..

Pilates with Laura! Laura will be starting Pilates soon, she just wants to hear from residents  as to when the best times would be – please see http://wp.me/p1nESX-4a for more
information.

And don’t forget

Coopers Den, your opportunity to make your idea for Coopers Edge into reality! Check out details here……. http://wp.me/p1nESX-3Z

Also you can now enter the September draw of the 250 Club…..details here http://wp.me/p1nESX-2O

Plus Matt and Alan would like to hear from people interested in the Football and Cricket Clubs

Football – http://wp.me/p1nESX-3M      Cricket – http://wp.me/p1nESX-2u

Assisted places

Please note Buggie Mummies, Circuits, Zumba and Pilates are posted for information only and these activities are not endorsed by the Community Group. However we do want to support residents in getting healthy, its one of our aims and if you would like to go but have a genuine case of financial hardship please email the trust or call in and see Bill in confidence and we will consider financially supporting your attendance.

05/09/2011

Coopers Den ‘Shop Meeting’

Bill will be hosting a little brainstorming session at the community centre for those who have expressed an interest in setting up a community shop as part of my fab Coopers Den project.

Very informal, just to discuss ideas.

Thought this link might be helpful

http://www.plunkett.co.uk/whatwedo/rcs/ruralcommunityshops.cfm

If you can’t make the meeting but you are interested please drop Bill an email. Bill.Booth@coopersedgecommunitygroup.co.uk

04/09/2011

August report……

Q: What’s been going well so far and why?

August has been the best month so far of the Neighbourhood Challenge. It’s just been so busy, we had the follow up meeting about the S106 and there are some really positive things going on in the community, and we’re organising our first Coopers Edge Action Day – http://wp.me/p1nESX-3v

There has been an activity every week in Coopers Edge throughout August, we had a good mix of events provided by outside groups (like the play rangers) but also some brilliant events organised by local residents like the community art day and treasure hunts.

We have also seen the first matches of the Cooper Edge Cricket Club and some people have also started to try and setup a football club. It’s really great to see more ideas starting to evolve.

Q: What are the most challenging things you’ve faced so far and why?

Our challenges are similar to last month however and the running of the summer programme along with driving forward the section 106 issues and implementing the challenge prize & seed funding remains a difficult balancing act.

Q: How have the community been involved in the project set up so far?

The great thing about the activity programme has been the number of people who have helped our with events, and the positive ideas that have come out of the S106 meeting like arranging the action day are helping get more and more people involved. The response to Coopers Den has been really positive and some of the ideas that people have been discussing on Facebook are really exciting and interesting.

Q: Has anything surprising happened, within or around your project so far?

August has been a really fun month; there have been some really pleasant surprises, like how many people have been coming to events like the play rangers. It’s great to see so many people enjoying themselves.

03/09/2011

What’s on in Coopers Edge this week……….

Starting this week we will be posting a weekly diary of events in Coopers Edge to keep everyone up to date with what’s going on. If there is anything going on you want added, or you have some activities you want to run please drop an email to hello@coopersedgecommunitygroup.co.uk

Tuesday

1pm til 3pm – Family time at the Community Centre. Run by Brockworth Children’s Centre this is an ideal opportunity for parents and carers with children under five to get together.

Running Club – ‘The Coopers Edge Trotters’ – Meet outside the Community Centre at 7pm, all abilities welcome.

Wednesday

It’s a big day of mid-week fitness on Wednesdays! 10am til 11am – Buggies Mummies –  One hour every Wednesday
of safe effective training to help you burn off your ‘baby fat’, and tone up your muscles. First class is free, for more information and contact Andy on 07739791939 or see http://www.dymondstrength.co.uk/#/coopers-edge/4549165924

Wednesday evening sees the launch of the first ever Zumba classes in Coopers Edge! There are two classes, one from 6pm til 7pm and 7.15 til 8.15pm. (Please note there
is a wait list only for the second class as its full at the moment). You need to book as there are only 15 spaces in each class, its £4 per session. For more
information contact Rachel on 077778599670, or go to http://www.dance-tec.co.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/256677851010982/

Thursday

Coopers Den Shop Meeting – for those interested in getting involed with the application to run a shop wp.me/p1nESX-4w

Friday

09.30am until 11.30 am it’s Stay and Play! Stay and Play is suitable for parents and carers with pre-school age children and is a good opportunity to meet up with fellow
parents and carers. There is a selection of toys and a snack and drink will be provided for the children and tea/coffee for adults. We just ask for a donation
of £1 to cover drinks and snacks (plus 50p for each extra child).

Sunday

For those early risers out there Sunday morning circuits is on between 9 and 10, if you want to take part you must contact Andy in advance to fill out a health screening
questionnaire. 07739791939 or see http://www.dymondstrength.co.uk/#/coopers-edge/4549165924

Coming next week…..

Just a little reminder that on Monday 12th we are looking for approximately 12 volunteers to help planning the community consultation. 7pm at the Temporary
Community Centre, please reply on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=203478846380674#!/event.php?eid=141800275911468
or email Bill, Bill.Booth@coopersedgecommunitygroup.co.uk if you can come along.

Coming Soon…..

Pilates with Laura! Laura will be starting Pilates soon, she just wants to hear from residents  as to when the best times would be – please see http://wp.me/p1nESX-4a for more
information.

And don’t forget

Coopers Den, your opportunity to make your idea for Coopers Edge into reality! Check out details here……. http://wp.me/p1nESX-3Z

Also you can now enter the September draw of the 250 Club…..details here http://wp.me/p1nESX-2O

Plus Matt and Alan would like to hear from people interested in the Football and Cricket Clubs

Football – http://wp.me/p1nESX-3M      Cricket – http://wp.me/p1nESX-2u

Assisted places

Please note Buggie Mummies, Circuits, Zumba and Pilates are posted for information only and these activities are not endorsed by the Community Group. However we do want to support residents in getting healthy, its one of our aims and if you would like to go but have an genuine case of financial hardship please email the trust or call in and see Bill in confidence and we will consider financially supporting your attendance.