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Welcome to Wormley and Turnford Big Local
Building a Cohesive and Sustainable Community Together
Big Local is a resident led community development project.
150 areas around the country were selected by the National Lottery to take part in the Big Local programme and in 2012 Wormley and Turnford were lucky enough to be chosen. Each Big Local area receives a grant of £1 million from the National Lottery Community Fund to spend over 10+ years on things that local people feel will benefit the community. The aim of Big Local is to empower local communities to transform and improve their lives and the places they live, so if you live or work in Wormley or Turnford, you’re part of Big Local (WTBL).
How it works
Decisions about how the money is spent are made by a voluntary Partnership of local residents which consults with the wider community to gather ideas and gain an understanding of local needs and priorities. Anyone living in the area can join the Partnership. The only requirement is a passion for building and developing a strong cohesive community, and Partnership members change from time to time.
Every two years the Partnership writes a new Community Plan based on what emerges from the consultations with local people. This guides the actions for the next funding period.
The National Lottery created the Local Trust to manage the Big Local programme nationally. Every Big Local Partnership is supported by a representative from the Local Trust who attends Partnership meetings. The Partnership also choose a Local Trusted Organisation (LTO) to provide support, guidance and manage the finances. The LTO for Wormley and Turnford Big Local is the Community Voluntary Services for Broxbourne and East Herts (CVSBEH).
Obviously WTBL can’t manage everything voluntarily so as the project has developed, others have been employed to help with the process. Michal works full time as the Community Development Manager and Victoria works part time as the Administrator. Other specialist services are commissioned to provide valuable support or training when required. Shelley now provides support with Communications and Marketing.
What’s been going on?
The clear message from the earliest conversations with other residents was that people really wanted a place at the centre of the community where everyone could meet, hold events and engage in activities. WTBL also needed a base to operate from. Initially a small shop on the High Road was rented but then the Old Clinic attached to Wormley Community Centre became available, so WTBL came to an arrangement with Broxbourne Council to move in there. This became the current hub and was quickly refurbished to provide an office for the paid staff, a kitchen and three other meeting rooms where various activities can take place.
The move to the new hub has enabled WTBL to grow in many directions. Some of the groups that meet or operate from there are run by Partnership members or other volunteers and the space is also used to host various services that benefit the community. These include:
- Art sessions
- Sewing bee
- Play group
- Health walks
- ESOL classes
- Citizens Advice Bureau sessions
- Counselling and psychotherapy services
When more space is needed, the Community Centre is used for events like The Big Lunch, Christmas parties, fun runs and activities for young people. Other WTBL projects that take place elsewhere include the pop up cinema, music sessions, health support groups and the community allotment. Occasional visits are organised to places of interest.
For many years Wormley Community Centre has faced an uncertain future and WTBL has continually expressed an interest in buying the building or taking over the management on behalf of the community if the opportunity arose.
WTBL has finally achieved that aim and managed to negotiate a 999 year lease on the building. This guarantees the future of the centre and ensures that the local community will play a key role in how it operates.
It will become a vibrant, multi-purpose venue for the benefit of everyone.