Working Groups

The responses to our consultations suggested to us that as well as Communication & Engagement, there are 2 key areas in which to focus the efforts of Big Local; People and Place and these have resulted in six working groups being identified.  For more information about the groups and their projects, please click on the links below:

As well as the projects that are already up and running, we are always keen to hear about new project ideas and to welcome volunteers to sign up to groups to drive ideas forward. Please see the Events section of this website for details of working group meeting dates or contact our support workers Dallas Asher on 07825 183569 or Karin Evangelides on 07825 294346 who will also be able to provide information about our current volunteering opportunities.

The role of the Working Groups is to:

  • Raise awareness and involvement
  • Try to understand the main issues, locally
  • Assess the challenges and barriers
  • Establish a number of long-term goals
  • Set down some short-term milestones
  • Develop an Action Plan
  • Collect the evidence and review progress

We want to involve as many local people as possible so if you are interested in joining one of the Working Groups, please contact our support workers Dallas Asher on 07825 183569 or Karin Evangelides on 07825 294346 for more information.

Living Environment Working Group

The Living Environment Working Group's aim is to make the village centres more attractive for local people and visitors, to promote Grassmoor and Hasland's existing offer and attract new interest from outside the area from both visitors and inward investment.

The group has worked with various local groups and businesses to enhance the seasonal appeal on the high street including Christmas Trees for local businesses and summer flowering displays in Hasland village centre and environmental projects such as the wildflower project to raise awareness about biodiversity, bees and pollination.

Recent activities have been limited and we will be focusing on encouraging new projects to be developed over the coming years. If you would like to share your ideas or get involved, please get in touch.

Community Facilities Working Group

The Community Facilities Working Group has the aspiration for the equitable provision and quality of facilities in the two villages, in particular with the natural community hubs, community gardens, allotments and parks.

 Hasland Hub and Barnes Park Pavilion 

We have established bases for the Support Workers at Grassmoor Community Centre (GCC) and the Hub at Penmore Business Centre in Hasland to give residents easy access to GHBL and a place for Board and Working Groups to meet. One of the longer term aspirations identified throughout our consultations has been the provision of a Hasland Hub. A Specification & Appraisal Framework has been developed to guide organisations interested in developing a proposal on the expectations of the GHBL Partnership for any potential hub. Alongside this, the group is working with Grassmoor Parish Council to support the development of the Barnes Park Pavilion rebuild project. 

Defibrillators Defibrillator in Eastwood Park

The group has overseen the installation of defibrillators at Grassmoor Methodist Church and at the Working Men's Club and Eastwood Park Sports Pavilion in Hasland and staff and volunteers have been trained to use these by East Midlands Ambulance Service. The group is now looking into the possibility of installing more units in the villages and identifying suitable locations for these.

Spare ThymeSpare Thyme Community Allotment

The Spare Thyme community allotment project aims to offer a community or shared allotment to a range of residents from both villages.  Originally an initiative of the Senior Citizens Working Group, it has now transferred to the Community Facilites Working Group to drive the project forward. 

 Mill Lane Allotments

In Grassmoor, Mill Lane Allotments were assisted to have running water and publicly accessible toilets installed to support the allotments to engage with the local community. The Allotments held their first Open Day in 2015 and are planning to repeat this in August 2018. For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eastwood Skate Park

Another exciting development that the group has delivered is Eastwood Park’s Skate Wheels Park with funding support from Viridor and GHBL, and working in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council. This facility has been sought after for many years and the young people of Hasland were instrumental in the design and decision making for this project. Opened in 2017 it has already become a well-used facility that receives great feedback from its users.

Green & Open Spaces Working Group

GOSWG Kissing GateThe Green & Open Spaces Working Group's aim is to develop the range of community assets associated with the walkways and green infrastructure which link the two communities of Grassmoor and Hasland and their surrounding areas.

The Green & Open Spaces working group (GOSWG) volunteers have worked with statutory bodies over recent years to open up and improve footpaths and green spaces in and around the communities of Hasland and Grassmoor, replacing stiles with gates to enable many walkers who previously found the paths inaccessible to enjoy our fantastic countryside.

Recent achievements include playing a major role in the installation of a new multi user path along Furnace Hillock Way, working with DCC Countryside Services to clear overgrown areas around the Car Park at Grassmoor Country Park with a view to plant new trees such as rowan and holly to improve biodiversity by providing berries that will attract more bird species and involvement in the completion of the path/cycle route along Furnace Hillock Way in partnership with DCC Greenways.  The group holds regular volunteer sessions throughout the year - for more details please see the Events page of of this website or contact the GHBL Support Workers.

Petanque

EPPC ShelterAnother exciting project was the construction of a petanque facility in Eastwood Park which was opened in 2016 and attracted over 50 members during its first few weeks.  Offering moderate exercise in a friendly sociable setting, Easwood Park Petanque Club now offers several sessions a week.  The paved area adjacent to the court has recently been extended and a new shelter constructed to ensure that members can play all year round. For more information about session times please contact the Club Secretary on 01246 550392 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Friends of Grassmoor Country Park 100 trees planted by FOGCP

FGCP was set up early in 2018 as a result of the Green and Opens Spaces Working Group  identifying that Grassmoor Country Park still has great potential for further development .  The group's aim is to work with Derbyshire County Council and other partners on initiatives to develop GCP into a more attractive, usable and relative green space for local communities. The group organises various activities throughout the year - for more information please contact Peter Myers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friends of Grassmoor Country Park produce their own Newsletter and you can download a copy of the latest one here.

Senior Citizens Working Group

The Senior Citizens Working Group aims to support inclusive social activities across a range of interests which provide older people with opportunities to engage and participate within their community.

Coffee Tea ITCoffee, Tea & IT Plus

Coffee, Tea and IT Plus, a project that enables older residents to bring in their electronic devices and learn how to send emails, shop online and get in touch with friends. Running alongside these sessions are Generation Games physical activities and most recently Strictly No Falling with three volunteers, David Maric, Barbara Arandale and Kyle Wall-Billyeald, now qualified to instruct Chair Based Exercise. Sessions run throughout the year in Grassmoor and Hasland, for more details please check out the Events page of this website or contact the GHBL Support Workers.

 

 

Men In ShedsMen In Sheds 2

The Men in Sheds (MiS) project encourages likeminded individuals (men and women) to get together to make and repair wooden items which are then sold at community events to generate an income and has also been commissioned to make garden furniture and other items for local groups.  The group meets every Tuesday at 2-5pm in their workshop at the rear of Grassmoor Methodist Church and are always keen to welcome new members. If you want to learn new skills or share your passion for repairing things, then come along and have a chat or call Rob on 01246 852467

Working Age Families Working Group

The Working Age Families Working Group is focusing on activites to increase employability skills, community enterprise and business engagement and to tackle issues such as financial exclusion, healthy eating and social isolation.

DUWC Advice Sessions

To ensure people have access to support on issues such as debt and financial exclusion GHBL has commissioned Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre to run drop in sessions at Hasland Hub every Wednesday afternoon between 1.30 - 3.30pm. Similar sessions are held at Grassmoor Community Centre on Thursday mornings between 10am - 12noon, funded by the Parish Council.

Pit Stop Diner

The Pit Stop Diner (PSD) at Grassmoor Community Centre was set up to alleviate loneliness, build community cohesion and tackle food waste. The PSD runs on the first Saturday of the month and uses food provided by Fare Share and Tesco that would otherwise go to landfill. Through this project we have been able to offer volunteers the opportunity to gain experience in hospitality and food handling and some of our volunteers have gained Food Hygiene qualifications. Responsibility for this popular and successful project has recently been taken over by Grassmoor Community Centre. 

Residents tell us that they like the welcoming environment of PSD and how it brings the community together to enjoy a great low cost meal together. GHBL Volunteers assist with preparing and serving the food and, as well as learning skills such as working as part of a team, many have gained Food Hygiene qualifications, skills which can help them into employment.

 Community Cinema

Another successful project, the Community Cinema funded by Star People, was started in Grassmoor to give local people the chance to see the latest films at an affordable cost. Film showings take place throughout the year and have proved to be very popular, with craft activities before showings awarding prizes for the best work, and the option to bring along your own food or purchase refreshments from the café, these events give families the opportunities to relax and socialise together at a fraction of the usual cost. Showings are supported by volunteers, helping them gain valuable skills in event management and custome service.

Children & Young People Working Group

The Children & Young People's Working Group's focus is on activities for different age groups of young people, including sports, cultural, educational or recreational sessions and developing links with young people and their parents and carers through their schools, groups and community events.

Summer Activities

The group has worked hard engaging with p[artners and activity providers to run a series of activities in the summer holidays at both Eastwood Park and Barnes Park.  This has helped develop links with young people and their parents and carers as well as providing fun things for children and young people to do in the school holidays. It is hoped to run these again in summer 2018 and we are busy applying for funding to deliver these, but we really need more volunteers on hand to enable us to make sure everything uns smoothly on the day.  If you can spare some time in the summer holidays, whether for one session or more, please get in touch as soon as possible to ensure the activities go ahead. 

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