Welcome to the Whitley Bay 'Our Bigger Story' website. This is part of the multi media evaluation of 15 Big Local areas in England. The website is an opportunity to follow what is changing in Whitley Bay as a result of Big Local over a ten year period.
The aim of the website is to share the learning from everything that is happening in Whitley Bay with other Big Local areas and highlight what works in communities with a wider audience of practitioners and policy makers
After a bit of a disaster with previous website arrangements we decided to work on it in-house. OK, it's not going to win any prizes but we are happy to launch it 'as is' and improve it as we go... Here it is: www.whitleybaybiglocal.org The main thing for us is that the site is low maintenance and for it to link to our Facebook content. In a recent survey we found that nearly 70% of respondents visit our FB page and follow it as a way of keeping in touch with Whitley Bay Big Local events and activities.
This emotional video celebrating Whitley Bay has been shared and viewed by over 70,000 people on social media and won the hearts of thousands.The film, called We’re Coming Home, was created by three locals: author Sue Miller who wrote the script, teacher Stephen Mason and the film maker Chris Ainsley. “I've lived in Whitley Bay all my life,' explains Chris. 'But when I came back from a year’s travelling I could see the changes that had happened and sense the difference in the way people were starting to feel. I wanted to capture some of that and help build the momentum. A film seemed like an ideal way to do it.” Teacher and actor Stephen Mason, who for years worked in Whitley Bay’s pubs and clubs said: “I jumped at the chance to take part. I work with young people and it felt like a great opportunity to challenge how we all think about our individual responsibilities to those around us - what we each do and what we say to make a difference.” “Creating our community means how we all choose to live together. Everyone has a part to play, so the film’s really a call to arms. We’ve come a long way,' says author Sue Miller 'but we’re not taking anything for granted. However, it doesn’t do any harm to recognise, every once in a while, just how hard everyone’s worked and what an amazing place we have on our doorstep.”
Thanks to students from Whitley Bay High School for making this short report.
A short film about Whitley Bay Big Local's community shop.
We included a questionnaire for local residents in our last newsletter. It launched our community consultation work ahead of us starting to plan for the next few years of Whitley Bay Big Local. We held a prize draw and our local paper, The News Guardian, covered the story: https://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/resident-wins-prize-draw-for-survey-on-whitley-bay-1-9290277
Whitley Bay Big Local has supported the carnival for several years - with time and money. Resurrecting the carnival was something a lot of residents wanted to see and everyone is encouraged to participate. Lots of work goes into helping people think about how they want to be involved, making costumes, providing workshop space etc. This film of the carnival tells the story of why it is a significant local event and illustrates how fun events are so important.
This film outlines how WBBL has responded to local concerns and the kinds of activities it has delivered - from contributing to the council's seafront regeneration to the community activities taking place in the community hub.
The latest WBBL newsletter. We have decided to stop producing these for a while and try other ways of connecting with the local community. This one included a resident's questionnaire where we asked residents for 3 suggestions about how to improve Whitley Bay.
"We are Here!" "Find us at 305 Whitley Road NE26 2HU WBBL is now in the centre of the town. It’s a much needed space for us to operate from and other community groups to share. Getting local people together, building on strengths in a safe and welcoming place. "
Local people joined Andy our Town Caretaker to help clear up Trinity Church which has been unused and unloved for quite some time. Just a couple of hours work and it's looking a lot better already!
What do Whitley people really want for their town?
Meet Nick Wright who is helping to bring Whitley Bay back to its former glory.
The six-month pilot project aims to tackle jobs that people believe belong to someone else and will include activities such as small scale weeding and litter picking whilst helping less able community members to tackle jobs around the outside of their homes. Read all about it here.
On 5th August 2016, WBBL brought together residents, volunteers, community organisations, local businesses and public agencies to tell their stories about how Big Local is making their town an even better place to live.
In this presentation from the Newcastle Big Local Spring Event in Newcastle (April 2016) Carol Alevroyianni talks about the Whitley Bay Carnival and its role in developing a stronger sense of community and promoting awareness of Big Local as well as providing employment opportunities for local residents.
Extensive consultation has resulted in 500 people suggesting ideas about Whitley Bay. All comments and suggestions were ranked based on impact and ‘do-ability’ and a draft plan was shared at an open meeting in January 2016. A Partnership away day was held to reflect on previous delivery and consider logistical and capacity issues in the delivery of agreed projects, and achieve consensus for the detailed draft version of the Plan. Contents include: Review of years 1 and 2 Summary of object
Issue 2 of the Whitley Bay Big Local newsletter includes news about the WBBL plan for Year 3, local activities, the small grants pot, and has a 'You Said - We Did' column to show how WBBL is helping to make change happen.
A leaflet explaining WBBL plans for 2016 - 2017. It identifies achievements so far, activities for the coming year and how people can be involved.
Residents of Whitley Bay come together at their Big Local Community Forum to reflect on what’s happened so far and share ideas for the refreshed community plan.
Residents of Whitley Bay come together at Whitley Bay Big Local Community Forum to reflect on what’s happened so far and share ideas for the refreshed community plan.