Welcome to the Barrowcliff '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 Barrowcliff 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 Barrowcliff with other Big Local areas and highlight what works in communities with a wider audience of practitioners and policy makers.
Barrowcliff Big Local hosted its third annual Dog Show on the Park Green on Saturday 24 August, in the glorious Bank Holiday sunshine! There were five classes to enter on the day. The four judges, Reverend Emma Morgan, Laura Young (Beyond Housing), Kelly Turner and Tom Hooper (Yorkshire Coast Radio) had some extremely tough decisions to make, before presenting the five class awards: CLASS 1 - Handsomest Dog CLASS 2 - Golden Oldie CLASS 3 - Best Biscuit Catcher CLASS 4 - Most Obedient Dog CLASS 5 - Best Child Dog Handler Finally, the overall award - “Dog of the Day” was presented to end a perfect day! Event trophies were kindly sponsored by Christmas Together, Beyond Housing, Sanctuary Housing and Barrowcliff Residents’ Association.
The Big Local Partnership commissioned professional artists and designers from Hull-based organisation, Creative Briefs, to run a week-long project for children and young people during the summer holidays. The project engaged 25 young Barrowcliff residents who, in teams, came up with creative solutions to recycling in their community. As well as trying their hand at art and design, the participants also got involved in planning, preparing and cooking a healthy lunch each day for themselves and their peers. The project culminated in the young people pitching their unique recycling designs to the public in the newly refurbished Scarborough Market Hall.
The Big Local Partnership commissioned professional artists and designers from Hull-based organisation, Creative Briefs, to run a week-long project for children and young people during the summer holidays. The project engaged 25 young Barrowcliff residents who, in teams, came up with creative solutions to recycling in their community. As well as trying their hand at art and design, the participants also got involved in planning, preparing and cooking a healthy lunch each day for themselves and their peers. The project culminated in the young people pitching their unique recycling designs to the public in the newly refurbished Scarborough Market Hall. in addition to the photos, a film link about the project is here: https://youtu.be/_N01WZ9ajEY
Families in the Barrowcliff area were treated to a free nutritious breakfast on six mornings during the school summer holidays as part of a community initiative. The project, funded through Barrowcliff Big Local, was run by local volunteers based at Wreyfield Drive Methodist Church, Scarborough. Volunteers were overwhelmed with the fantastic response to the initiative which attracted 275 people in total. At one particular breakfast sitting, there were 72 people enjoying a hearty meal, chatting to others and playing board games together! A film from the project can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2695603727139964
It was a wonderful turnout at the “Big Local on Wheels" event at Wreyfield Drive Methodist Church on Saturday 13 July! The sun was shining and the attractions were plentiful, both indoors and outdoors. Families enjoyed an array of fun activities from bouncy castles, crafts, music, local stalls, refreshments and, of course, the highlight of the day - the roller disco! Alongside the photos, there is a link to a film from the day: https://youtu.be/U5YQN2V0UOE What will next year bring?!!
It was a wonderful turnout at the “Big Local on Wheels" event at Wreyfield Drive Methodist Church on Saturday 13 July! The sun was shining and the attractions were plentiful, both indoors and outdoors. Families enjoyed an array of fun activities from bouncy castles, crafts, music, local stalls, refreshments and, of course, the highlight of the day - the roller disco!
In June 2019 Our Bigger Story hosted a 2 day event for all the case study areas. During this time, each of the OBS areas mapped their journey. Here are a few photos.
Barrowcliff Big Local carried out some research amongst local residents to better understand training and employment needs. They found that many parents were struggling with everyday life and decided to invest in a brand new project, Sparks. Sparks provides a weekly activity programme that includes a session at their own beach chalet, craft classes, wellbeing workshops, cooking, learning programmes, advice sessions. It hopes to support local people to become mentors themselves in the future.
In 2014, Barrowcliff Big Local produced its first Big Local plan. Its vision was to create ‘A safe, clean and attractive neighbourhood that people are proud of and where everyone has the best possible chances in life’. This film portrays some examples of what has been achieved and why these projects have been significant for local residents: from the play park, to ‘the Biggest Loser’ project, to the Sparks family support, to enhanced opportunities for all children at the local primary school.
Once again, Barrowcliff Big Local was to proud support local resident and Partnership Member, Monica Smith, in her heart-warming community project - Christmas Together 2018. Monica and many local volunteers give up their Christmas Day to host a full day of festivities for local people. Traditionally, the event has been aimed at residents that would usually face Christmas alone, however the invitation has recently been extended to families and those with children that may not be able to afford to celebrate Christmas in this way or to those that simply don’t have the means to do so. Over 80 people enjoyed Christmas Day this year, courtesy of Monica and her volunteers.
For the second year running, Barrowcliff Big Local Partnership was pleased to run the BIG Christmas Prize Draw in 2018, giving away a whopping 19 Christmas hampers to local families. The lucky winners were announced at the Partnership's December meeting, which was broadcast live on Facebook. This year the hampers were kindly sponsored by Sainsbury's, Horizons Therapy, Beyond Housing, Sanctuary Housing and, of course, Big Local. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Partnership delivered hampers to the winners just before Christmas. The project helps to create positive awareness of the Big Local programme whilst bringing joy to local residents.
Having commissioned some local research around employment and training in 2016/17, Barrowcliff Big Local Partnership realised the need to heavily invest in an innovative grass-roots project working with local families in order to give them better opportunities. In October 2018, the SPARKS (Solving Problems and Real Kick-start Solutions) Family Project was launched by a local lady, Michelle Davison-Ward, funded through Big Local and the European Union. The project aims to help and support people to resolve problems and move forward, with potentially life-changing results, and focusses on health, wellbeing, life skills, parenting and much more!
This is the third Barrowcliff Big Local Plan covering the period August 2018 to July 2020. The Plan includes community projects within the following themes: Environment, Community Facilities, Education and Jobs, Health and Lifestyle, Community Safety and Support Services. The Plan also includes a Small Grant Scheme, plus a Marketing and Events budget to increase community engagement and resident participation in the Big Local programme.
Barrowcliff Big Local Partnership hosted its second Dog Show on the Park Green on Saturday 25 August 2018. The event follows the success of the first Dog Show in the summer 2017, and made a comeback due to popular demand by the local community!
Over 700 people flocked to the “Big Local on Ice" event at Wreyfield Drive Methodist Church on Saturday 14 July! It was an amazing day and members of the Barrowcliff Big Local Partnership were overwhelmed with the support from local residents and visitors to the area! Families enjoyed a variety of fun activities from bouncy castles, crafts, local stalls, refreshments, and of course, the highlight of the day - ice skating on a blazing hot summer’s day! The support and commitment from partner organisations and volunteers both in the event planning stages and on the day was second to none!! It couldn't have happened without this united community-led approach!
Year 6 pupils from Barrowcliff School took part in this year's Race for Life event in Scarborough to help raise money for Cancer Research UK. Barrowcliff Big Local Partnership was proud to sponsor the special bright pink commemorative T-shirts for all 80 runners, displaying the Barrowcliff Big Local and National Lottery logos! Well done everyone - what a great achievement!
This report was prepared by the Big Local Rep and based on a Review Workshop with Steering Group members and partners. It summarises the achievements of the Partnership between 2016-2018 and will help to inform the next Barrowcliff Big Local Plan.
Barrowcliff Big Local is proud to support Home Alone at Christmas 2017. The project was set up 3 years ago by local resident and volunteer, Monica Smith, to provide a day of festive food, fun and good company for those that would otherwise be alone.
Pictured here are members of the Big Local Partnership handing over funding to support the continuation of the BOP as it enters its third year. More information about this fantastic project can be found further down our timeline - see March 1, 2017.
Wreyfield Girls' Group celebrated its 30-Year Anniversary this year (2017), and to mark the occasion, Barrowcliff Big Local part-funded a day out to Flamingo Land for Group members and leaders. The first ever outing in the Group's history!
Big Local decided to try its hand at running a Dog Show this year, and WOW, what a great success it turned out to be! The event attracted 20 dogs and their owners who competed in a choice of four classes and an overall "Top Dog" Award.
Barrowcliff Big Local Partnership commissioned local organisation, Krash Labs, to research "digital inclusion" in the community and potential for projects. The results were somewhat surprising!
Scarborough Jobmatch carried out a community survey on behalf of Barrowcliff Big Local investigating the barriers faced by residents in finding employment, looking at particular training needs and support.
At Barrowcliff School education is seen as a pathway to prosperity. The BOP aims to engage parents in their children’s learning and, in providing a range of support such as mentoring, ensure children are ready for life in the modern work place.
Members of Barrowcliff Big Local Partnership attended an event at The Edge, Sheffield, in December. As with most Big Local events, there was a choice of informative workshops, a wonderful buffet lunch and opportunities to mingle with other areas!
On 7th December 2016 two residents (Chair and Vice Chair) and the Support Worker from Barrowcliff Big local attended the networking event at Sheffield University, joining a whole host of other Big Local communities from across the country.
Bill, vice chair of Barrowcliff Big Local talks in this short film about Barrowcliff: the best bits, the hard bits and the doing the bits others can't do.
Big Local were proud to fund the purchase of an adapted bike for use by people with disabilities. The bike (one of many in the fleet) has been enjoyed by local residents at community events and visits with the expert guidance of staff/volunteers.
Barrowcliff Steering Group members discuss how they are identifying and meeting local needs, how they engage people, work with others, deal with local expectations and are making a difference to Barrowcliff.
This is the second Barrowcliff Big Local Plan and covers the period August 2016 to July 2018. It includes community activity based on local residents' wishes which develop previous themes e.g. the environment, job creation and healthy living.
Local families enjoyed a fun packed day of Bear Grylls style survival activities in Raincliffe Woods, Scarborough, learning how to build leaf shelters, make camp fires, cook and even sampled some unusual culinary delights like mealworms and crickets!
A Big Local event to celebrate the Barrowcliff community! Organised by Barrowcliff Community Choir, the event involved an array of fun activities in the lead up to the main event, culminating in a full day of music, art, games and performances.
In this film, made by Scarborough TV News, local residents talk about what the Play Park in Barrowcliff means to them one year after opening.
In this film, Made by Scarborough TV News, Cllr Bill Chatt from the Barrowcliff Big Local partnership talks about using sport to involve young people around the partnership’s Annual General meeting.
Barrowcliff Big Local funded Scarborough fitness centre, Compass Gym, to run an innovate weight-loss project in the heart of the community. An overwhelming 40 plus local residents embraced the challenge to get active and transform their lives!
Barrowcliff Big Local part-funded the successful RESPECT Campaign engaging all children in Barrowcliff School, Scarborough. The multi-agency project highlighted issues within the community incl. multi-culturalism, road safety and the environment.
Barrowcliff Big Local Steering Group were nominated for two awards and we ended up with the main one of the evening for our jobs opportunities and community work in the area
This report, prepared by the Big Local Rep for Barrowcliff and based on a Review Workshop, a Partnership Steering Group meeting and project reports, summarises the Achievements of Barrowcliff Big Local over 2014-2015.
In this film the Partnership and local residents reflect on the development, and celebrate the opening of, of Barrowcliff Play Park.
In this film Cheryl Mann talks about her Star People Award and her involvement with Barrowcliff Big Local. Cherlyl also talks about how Big Local works and the difference it is making in the community.
Barrowcliff Big Local Partnership hosted a community event to promote job and training opportunities to local residents in the Barrowcliff area of Scarborough. Barrowcliff Opportunities Day took place on Friday 28 August 2015 on the new Barrowcliff Park
Barrowcliff Big Local’s major project has been to transform land at the centre of the estate into a children’s play park This has become not only a focus for play activities but offers a space where people can come together and meet.
After months of work the new Barrowcliff Park is open! Scarborough TV News went along to the grand opening to get the reaction of the people involved, and most importantly what the Children thought of their new play area.
Big Local’s major project has been to transform land at the center of the estate into a children’s play park.
This records in photos and on film the official opening of Barrowcliff Play Park on 13th May 2015.
Six Big Local areas in the Yorkshire and Humber region took part in a series of networking events where each group played host to their regional partners. Barrowcliff was one of the six Partnerships involved, along with Winterton, Greatfield, North Cleet
The original Big Local Plan details residents ambitions for Barrowcliff. It provides a detailed work programme for the first 2 years and covers the themes of parks and play areas, health, jobs and community safety.