Report to BROOMWOOD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
27 January 2003
Walsh, community development worker
am employed by Voluntary and Community Action Trafford. On Halloween I tore my
calf muscle playing badminton but was determined it would not stop me starting
work in Broomwood. Now I am back on my bike commuting across the River Mersey,
through Wythenshawe Park and along Brooks Drive to my office base at the Youth
Centre. The highlights of my first months have been addressing Broomwood School
assembly under the watchful eye of head teacher Ann Wood, sharing Christmas
dinner with the senior citizens and witnessing the Friends of Brooks Drive
forcing Trafford Council to realign a border fence.
is blessed with a range of small shops – unusual in these days of superstores.
They are vital in the life of any community. We can work together for mutual
benefit such as promoting the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Medical Centre is keen to expand and offer more facilities to its patients. I am
liasing with their health visitor Ruth Speight on various health-related
my office window I am anticipating the construction of the all weather 5-a-side
pitches. Inside, the gym will soon be opening up for daytime adult use.
The Healthy Living
Event on 14 November was a launch pad for a series of grassroots’ initiatives.
In administering the project and supporting groups I have consulted closely with
Sunny Haynes who manages a similar Healthy Living Project in Sale West.
for older people.
Took place on Sunday
15 December at Broomwood Primary School. Big thank you to Joe Statham for
organising and Ann Wood for hosting the event. There is scope to re-engage the
50 diners around other healthy living activities such as Health Walks.
The grant of £1000
is inadequate for a meaningful lighting rig. I am in negotiations with Ann Wood
about some cost-sharing. The school is keen to open up for community drama and
For the virtual form
Paul Huxley has approached a website designer. South Trafford College could
offer some appropriate training.
Sharon Gleave is
collecting equipment and plans to launch in second half of term (week commencing
25 February). The venue is the parents’ room in school – day and time to be
confirmed. A crèche will be available.
diners on 15 December. Visited Manchester Library Theatre. Planning performances
for Valentines and at Easter. Seeking a facilitator to run workshops.
Sue Pullman has
moved into the role vacated by the departure of Debbie Hancock.
from the Children’s Information Service has visited the group and offered
advice on health & safety, training and resource suppliers.
First Steps has
taken out Public Liability Insurance and registered with Yorkshire Purchasing
Organisation. Ann Wood and School very supportive.
Tina Huxley is
planning an Adventure Weekend at Edale Youth Hostel for young people at end of
month. Other grant-supported local sporting activities starting in February.
Kath Warrington and
the Over 50s are keen to equip the snack bar kitchen but awaiting decision on
re-development/investment in the youth centre.
Youth Centre users
have started induction in using gym equipment. Adults to follow. Then there is
scope to open gym to community adult use during daytime. I am pursuing a sports
development worker to train up community members to supervise their own groups
in the gym. I am liasing with Paul Evans from Mental Health Association over
option of restarting drop-in sports session – Wednesdays?
New machine has been
purchased and is packing them in to monthly sessions.
There is scope for attracting some of the Xmas diners.
Youth Worker Sue
Green is planning a programme of aerobics, drama, self-defence relaxation and
aromatherapy – starting in February.
Youth Centre has great potential but will require investment by the Council and
a community commitment to the building. Sale West is seen by some as a model for
progress in Broomwood. ( Lark Hill is not appropriate – it is a new build
funded by a large Lottery Grant (now no longer available) and is run totally by
am co-ordinating a visit for Broomwood residents and agency representatives to Sale
West Youth and Community Centres to meet their community leaders.
The date is
Friday 7 February. Meeting at 9 00 am at the Youth Centre
– transport is available. We anticipate returning by 12 30. The Community
Association has been invited.
I have proposed
setting up a working group of users/ potential users to explore
reconfiguration/refurbishment of the Youth Centre – once funding situation is
Contact Vincent Walsh …….
0161 980 0696 (Youth Centre), Mobile 07729 875687