GM2LF Big Local
Over the next 10 years £1m has been allocated to residents living in the area of Grace Mary and Lion Farm (GM2LF). The Big Lottery money is being given out by Local Trust, which manages Big Local.
Unlike many other money pots this one puts us the residents in charge. It is basically the shout of local people.
The Journey so far
Since 2011, GM2LF Big Local has achieved the first four steps in what is called the Getting Started Phase of the Big Local journey. This includes:
Getting People Involved by consulting and talking with over 4000 local residents, groups and organisations to build on what is already good about the area and the needs and aspirations of those to make a change in the local community. Part of this stage involved awarding small grants to local groups to deliver activities.
Developing a shared Vision – Our formula for change is local people working together for a better life – sustaining a community that is resilient, confident and enjoyable
Forming a big local partnership that are responsible for driving GM2LF Big Local forward, making sure it remains resident led and enables local people to improve the area and achieve the long term vision. The Partnership members are local residents, and people who work or volunteer in the area. Representatives from key organisations in the area include Lion Farm Action Centre, St James Church, Holy Cross Church and Oakham Church. Please click here to meet the partnership
Creating a Big Local Plan which from the consultation reflects the needs, aspirations and priorities of change of local residents as they seek to use the money to make a difference within the local community. The 2017 Plan has been endorsed for three years.
2017 Three year Plan
The Plan summary gives an overview of the activities and areas that will be focussed on during this time
2017 Plan Summary
A copy of the previous plans can be found by folowing the links below
The Big Local Plan was endorsed in October 2014 and GM2LF is now up and running.
Local Trusted Organisation
In October 2014, Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) was commissioned by the partnership as the new ‘Local Trusted Organisation’ for GM2LF. SCVO will act as the accountable body administering the money on behalf of the partnership and ensuring proper financial controls are in place. SCVO are also providing development support to the partnership to drive the plan forward.
The partnership is now working towards making the priorities within the Big Local Plan a reality.