Report to BROOMWOOD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 24 March 2003
Walsh, community development worker
Telephone 0161 980 0696 (Youth Centre),
for my absence from your meeting as I am on leave this week.
After four months
less than half of the total £10,000 grant has been spent. I am reviewing the
project and will be writing to each of the grant recipients to assess their
progress. Before Easter I will invite them all to a meeting to discuss a way
forward. The money will not be lost but we need to spend it as effectively as
possible in promoting the objectives of healthier living for more residents.
I will reopen
negotiations with Ann Wood about some cost-sharing options in purchasing a
lighting rig to enable the school to open up for community drama and
A website designer
has been hired to set up the site and train some community webmasters and
Launch appears to
have been delayed until after Easter. We were investigating a crèche to extend
access and opportunity for potential chefs.
Now have headsets.
Planning performance at Easter. Seeking a workshop facilitator.
Achieved fame with a
front-page photo in The Messenger. Granted £500 by Altrincham Area Board. Sue
Pullman and the parents are exploring training opportunities, adopting a
constitution and opening a bank account. This is the way forward if they are to
attract further funding. Ann Wood and School are very supportive.
Adventure Weekend at Edale Youth Hostel for
young people other grant-supported local sporting activities are planned.
Kath Warrington and
the Over 50s remain frustrated. The
snack bar has a new carpet but awaits decision on re-development/investment in
the youth centre.
Youth Centre users
have been inducting in using gym equipment. They have purchased mats,
team strips and football training aids.
The Club has
requested that the grant support a summer trip for their loyal supporters. After
consultation with Julie I invited all the older Xmas diners to the Bingo Club.
A programme of
aerobics, drama, self-defence and aromatherapy starts in April.
No Smoking Day 2003 on 12 March
This was a
collaboration between myself, Ruth Speight and Mark Burrows. We involved the Y5
Class at the School and the Over 50s Club. There was much on offer not just to
discourage smoking but also to promote healthier choices including the gym and
fresh fruit Smoothies. Sadly the attendance from the community was poor.
GP Dr Peter Fink did call in - he is keen to refer his patients to the
Interest in the gym
is growing steadily. Until Easter it will open on Monday and Wednesday mornings
from 10 to 12 noon. Instructor Gina Jones is available. Users will be asked to
pay a fee of £1.50 per session. We are exploring opening on Saturday mornings
but there are issues about access and key holders to overcome. We will succeed
if the community shows sustained interest in this valuable resource on our
doorstep. Use it or lose it….
you are interested in any aspect of the gym phone Gina: 07866 345555
4. On Your Feet
Ruth and I hope to
organise a series of walks on the last Wednesday of each month.
Our first will be on
Brooks Drive on Wednesday 30 April
We have liased with
Parks Officer Ian Trickett,. Naturalist Lindsey Howard and Mary Eastwood. There
is potential to involve other Park Friends Groups in Trafford.
nationally we are obsessed with cars and car parking. It was the main topic in
discussion of the new health centre – nobody had considered bike
is flat, Broomwood is small and provided with traffic calming measures.
I am working with the organisation Bike Right and Ann Wood to equip her
pupils with the confidence and skills to cycle more. We want to involve parents
and other adults. Open that shed, dust down your bike and join us……….
7 February I organised a visit to Sale West Youth and Community Centres to meet
their community leaders.– Kath Warrington was in our group. Since then there
has been much activity at our Youth Centre. A succession of men and women with
clipboards was followed by electricians and now JCBs.
The roofing contractors are due next week.
Clearly the Council is spending money on the building. . More investment
should follow when the Council release funds from the sale of three pockets of
land on Broomwood. Now the uncertainty over the Scout Hut is ended I recommend
the Community Association get involved in the planning and future management of
the Community Centre extension unveiled at the Partnership meeting on 11 March.
will also be scope for the Community Association to have an input in the
management of the Five a Side Pitches when they are opened in (late June?).
Broomwood has a
float in the Altrincham Festival on 3 July.
It needs a community
volunteer to co-ordinate. Has this been sorted?
Payzone at Spar
I spoke to managers
Sandra and Alan. The Post Office Head Office does not allow their shared Spars
to offer Payzone facilities. We need to pursue the matter with
Spar Regional Manager Samantha Worsley (01925 706666).