Michal Siewniak took up the post of Community Development Manager for Wormley and Turnford Big Local  in June 2018. Read about the different aspects of his work in Wormley and Turnford in his blog.

  • Democratic Essay
    “Democracy begins with ourselves realising we have some power over our own lives.” Ongoing evaluation of the impact of the Big Local Project is as important on a national scale as it is at local level, and the Local Trust have published a series of essays reporting on various aspects of the 150 projects that were initiated between 2010 and Continue Reading
    Wormley and Turnford is one of 150 Big Local Areas around the country receiving funding over ten years to create positive, lasting changes to the area. Groups, organisations and everyone living or working in the Wormley and Turnford Area are part of the project and can play a role in its development. Local people decide how the money is spent: Continue Reading
  • Work Experience
    I first met Michal, WTBL’s Community Development Manager, when participating in a locally run challenge for young people, the Dragons Apprentice Challenge, in which it was our aim to raise as much money possible for a brilliant local charity, Teens Unite. Michal was my group’s business mentor and I was captivated by his passionate enthusiasm for our local area and Continue Reading
  • Wormley and Turnford Family Fun Run
    What a great pleasure it was to see more than a hundred people gathering at the Community Centre on Sunday afternoon. Amongst them, sixty runners - participants in the much anticipated Fun Run that was being staged for the first in the Wormley and Turnford Big Local neighbourhood. As well as runners there were plenty of supporters and people who Continue Reading
  • Big Lunch
     Wormley and Turnford Big Lunch Event 2019   The Wormley and Turnford Big Lunch 2019 was a fantastic success! In June, communities across the UK organise picnics and parties to mark the Eden Project's simple principle of encouraging local neighbourhoods to get together. On Saturday 22 June, Wormley and Turnford Big Local residents were invited for a summer lunch event Continue Reading
  • Trip to The Houses of Parliament
    Wormley and Turnford residents’ Trip to the Houses of Parliament   34 residents (including 13 children from Wormley Primary School and St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Waltham Cross) have marked the ‘UK Parliament Week’ by visiting the Houses of Parliament and meeting Broxbourne MP, Charles Walker. This trip took place on Monday, 12 November 2018.   The Wormley and Continue Reading
  • Volunteering
    We often say that it is all about quality rather than quantity so despite a small number of participants, I am delighted that we were able to organise an ‘Introduction to Volunteering’ workshop. The session was led by Team Herts Volunteering, an organisation based in North Hertfordshire, which is commissioned to run ‘volunteering provision’ in the county. All 4 of Continue Reading
  • Big Local as a successful model for Community Development
    So…after leaving Watford and Three Rivers Trust only couple of weeks ago, my new adventure has already started! The process of setting/ re-settling is going well and there is a lot to learn and listen to! I have embarked upon a really interesting and exciting project which is all about community development, an area of charity work which is very Continue Reading