Wormley and Turnford Big Local has been awarded a massive one million pound grant by the Big Lottery Fund. It’s earmarked for community projects run by local people over the next ten years.
Together, we’re going to make Wormley and Turnford better places to live and work in, not just through the grant, but also with the support of our partners:
- Broxbourne Borough Council
- CVS Broxbourne and East Herts
- Cheshunt Marriott Hotel
- Hertford Regional College
WT Big Local was set up in Autumn 2012. After two well-publicised community engagement meetings, we introduced the idea of creating the project and asked for volunteers to help bring about big change in their area. As a result, a partnership of resident volunteers was formed to gather ideas and views from local people about how we can work together to improve the local area. From this, we wrote and submitted the Wormley and Turnford Community Plan which was approved by the Big Lottery Fund in Autumn 2014.
The next step of the project was launched to Wormley and Turnford residents in January 2015, enabling them to apply for grants and support for events and projects designed to bring the local community together.
If you’ve been inspired to volunteer or join our partnership, we’d be delighted to hear from you! Some of the ways you could get involved are suggested in our leaflet Opportunities to Volunteer. Why not download a Volunteer Form and return it to the hub, email us firstname.lastname@example.org , or call us on 07903390649 .
Meet the Partnership
I moved into the area four years ago and, as a relative newbie, I'm keen to get involved with the local community. In the past I've been a member of a Residents Association in Enfield and a Neighbourhood Watch in Broxbourne and work as an IT Manager for secondary schools. With the combination of my experience with community projects and my skillset, I think I could be very useful for WT Big Local. I'm hoping that once the project's up and running, it'll become a focal point for Wormley and Turnford, and we'll see a lot of residents events taking advantage of our grants and support to organise events for us all.
Doreen Parsonage MBE
I am hoping WT Big Local will help bring people from the area together more, to help us feel more consolidated as a community. I’m retired now but used to work in the local sub-Post Office as a counter clerk. Having lived in Wormley for 57 years, I’m very keen on creating a good sense of community. For the last 20 years, I’ve been Chair of a residents’ group called the Wormley Society. That’s why I volunteered to be part of WT Big Local – my knowledge of the area and my contacts will be very useful. I can pass on information to members to help get the partnership better known, and to help with any proposals people might have to make the area a better place to live.
I was born and raised in Wormley and have lived in Turnford ever since I left home. I'm a qualified accountant by trade, but when I was made redundant, I started working part-time as a self-employed Health and Safety Administrator and Activity Instructor. Over the years, as I became involved in more and more volunteering projects, I reduced my work commitments and now I only do some ad hoc Activity Instruction. I'm passionate about doing my best for the area – I've been a volunteer scout leader since I was 21 and now also run the local scout shop. I'm treasurer of the Wormley Society and another local charity and also examine the accounts of several other small local charities. All of this gives me an insight into what's available in the area which has given me a real drive to want to get some improvements. As the Chair of WT Big Local I'm really hoping we can begin to get some community spirit into the area and help people come together.
Having lived in Wormley for 30 years, I know how vital a project like Wormley and Turnford Big Local is to the area. We need to bring people together and I’m hoping to see things like film clubs, a café, a community pub and allotment groups etc. As the director of Respond, a national charity which is based in London, I’m positive my skills and experience will be valuable to the project, which is why I volunteered. I understand the need get a lot for very little money and engaging and encouraging people to help out in order to make a difference. I also understand grants and how they work, so I’m hoping to be able to attract more funding into WTBL as our project progresses. I’d know the project has been successful if my children decided they wanted to bring their own families back to live in the area – I will definitely try and encourage that!
I’m an artist, designer, furniture maker and actor and I've lived in Wormley for 40 years. I volunteered to be part of the Big Local Partnership because it seemed like a great opportunity to make some positive and lasting changes to the area. I've been involved in other community initiatives in the past; a few years ago I was part of a campaign group that stopped a large development in the Wormley green belt, I then became chairman of the Wormley Society for a few years and have also been vice chairman of the Hoddesdon Society. Big Local is quite different to anything else. Communities don’t naturally build themselves any more, so I hope that over the next few years we manage to identify the various elements that can be put in place to create a more engaged, cohesive community where exciting things happen, and make Wormley and Turnford places where people want to live.
I am Wormley and Turnford Big Local's first employee! Although I am not from the local area, I am a keen advocate for Community Development Work and am delighted to have this chance to work with the panel helping to improve the area for residents.
Community Voluntary Services for Broxbourne and East Herts
Community Voluntary Services for Broxbourne and East Herts supports local voluntary organisations and communities in the area. We undertake a diverse range of activities to develop, enhance and empower groups, such as training workshops, networking and consultation events, guidance on funding and governance support, managing local resources and representing local groups on cross sector partnership and community project development.
Borough of Broxbourne
B3 Living is the largest independent social housing provider in the Broxbourne Borough, working with local people and partners to make the area a great place to live. As a registered provider, we are regulated and accountable to government for our actions and policies. We’re also a proud member of the Placeshapers group.
Local Trust’s mission is to enable people to make their communities better places to live. Big Local is our first initiative, through which we're aiming to help people develop and use their skills and confidence to identify what matters most to them, and to take action to change things for the better, now and in the future.