Celebration as Big Kirk Hallam grows

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People in Kirk Hallam will be able to celebrate a £1 million project to improve the area at an event on Monday.

Big Kirk Hallam will see £1 million spent on the community over a ten year period, with £100,000 released every year.

Initial funding has now been released and projects are already underway following the formation of the Big Kirk Hallam Partnership Group.

Jsan Shepherd, the new plan coordinator, said they had just started working on the first projects, including a scheme to bridge age gaps which will see elderly people going to schools to have lunch with the children.

Other schemes include a mobile skate park, a community chest where people can apply for funds, and a youth club.

She said: “We have already started to make a difference in the area. We will also be starting a savings club which will hopefully start this month to encourage children to save money.”

People are being encouraged to get involved at the event at the Kirk Hallam Community Academy sixth form building on Monday, between 5.30pm and 8pm.

The event aims to celebrate the success of the projects funded so far and to share the details of those planned for the coming months.

Chair Brian Cooper said:“Big Kirk Hallam has now reached a new phase as part of our plan. We are excited to announce the release of the first phase of funding to help local residents, which includes projects for the old and young.

“We hope that people can join us on December 8 to see what is happening. They are welcome to have their say and put forward any projects or ideas that can take Big Kirk Hallam forward.

“We still have places on our partnership board. If any residents would like to join then please see us on the night.”

Vice chair Tracy Thorpe said: “These are exciting times, watching where we have come from and where we are now.”

Big Kirk Hallam is a £1m ten-year resident-led programme based on community priorities to bring about lasting and sustainable improvement and make Kirk Hallam an ‘even better place to live’.

At the event there will be stories, photos and a chance to chat with people involved with the projects to find out how the funding is making a difference.