If you ask residents in East Coseley what is great about where they live they are most likely to mention people and the community, and local parks, walks, green spaces and canals.
We believe our most important asset in East Coseley is local people. People in East Coseley have a wealth of talents, skills and knowledge. Through Big Local more and more people are being connected. Together they are finding creative, collaborative ways to make our area even more vibrant. People, groups and organisations are generously sharing existing resources imaginatively connecting and re-using what we already have, and bringing in new resources when needed.
Over the next 3 years East Coseley Big Local will catalyse and support the following kinds of projects and events:
• Projects and activities created by local people
• Projects which improve public spaces and green places
• Events which bring people of all ages and backgrounds together
• Projects which unlock the potential of young people
• Projects which tackle isolation or loneliness, especially among older residents
Projects and activities created by local people
Big Local has supported all sorts of projects and activities which tap into the creativity, passion, skills and talents of local people. They include litter picks, bulb planting in parks and green spaces, Trade School Coseley, Pot Luck meals and picnics and a weekly Crafternoon.
These projects and activities are collaborative and practical – they involve ‘hands-on’ doing. They are also very resourceful, people share and re-use resources in all sorts of ways.
Projects which improve public spaces and green places
East Coseley Big Local has been working closely with the Canal & River Trust on improvements to and maintenance of the Coseley Canal towpaths and surrounding areas.
Growers from Bayer Street Allotments have been working with London Midland to bring colour to Coseley Railway Station through a Big Local planting project.
Projects which unlock the potential of young people
Whenever we have asked local residents who should benefit from Big Local, young people are mentioned most frequently.
In summer 2016 East Coseley Big Local supported Asher and Amy, two local young people, to start a dance company. Within weeks Aace Dance Company classes were full and the enterprise was able to sustain itself.
East Coseley Big Local collaborated with creative youth engagement agency Beatfreeks to begin exploring what local young people are interested in.
A report is available detailing what young people told us through a ‘picnic of ideas’ which used an open rehearsal on a park to engage young people through music.
Projects which tackle isolation or loneliness, especially among older residents
Older people are also mentioned a lot when residents are asked who should benefit from Big Local.
A team from East Coseley Big Local passionate about challenges faced by older people have been looking at local and national data, research and campaigns around isolation and loneliness.
In December 2016 the manager of The Apple Tree pub approached East Coseley Big Local volunteers to put on a free Christmas meal for 40 isolated people of vulnerable families. As well as the immediate benefit felt by the people who came along, a number of ideas and collaborations emerged, indicating potential for a wide range of activity to tackle isolation and loneliness.
Events which bring people of all ages and backgrounds together
The Big Event was founded by residents and volunteers involved in East Coseley Big Local and is a highlight in the Big Local calendar. East Coseley Big Local volunteers plan to organise at least three community events a year and take part in the annual Christmas Lights switch on.