The Hackney Wick Festival organising committee are carrying out a consultation with the residents of Wick Ward, on behalf of Big Lottery Fund. It’s to establish your views on the best way to make use of a £1million award to the area, coming in 2012.
The aim is to help residents like you to make your community a better place to live, changing things for the better.
In the forthcoming months, there will be opportunities to get involved and tell us what you think, as well as to share skills and experiences that could benefit the project.
The Big Lottery Fund
A national consortium has been chosen by the Big Lottery Fund to set up and manage smaller regional organisations, helping them consult the public on their area’s part of a £200m grant. The national body will deliver a groundbreaking ten-year programme, called Big Local that will put 150 communities in the driving seat to achieve lasting change in local areas across England.
At least £1 million will be available to each area over the next ten years. Local areas can use the funds to provide a mixture of grants, social investments, loans, microfinance and support. This means that some of the money distributed in each area can come back to Big Local and be reused in the local area again and again. Communities have the skills and ideas of their own to identify local issues and develop solutions to them. Big Local will support, challenge, train and encourage people and groups to develop and take ownership of the programme in their local area. It is a locally driven approach to help communities fulfil their ambitions and make their local areas better places to live.
Hackney wick festival
The Hackney Wick Festival organising committee have been charged with consulting our community about the Wick Award. They’re well placed to talk to all residents and ensure that everyone has a chance to have their say.
Hackney Wick Festival’s remit is to celebrate diversity and promote community cohesion within Hackney Wick, drawing on its energy and creativity to encourage greater use of open spaces and public facilities in the area. We aim to encourage collaboration and participation between local groups, schools, faith groups, businesses, service providers and arts & voluntary organisations.
The committee is a constituted organisation consisting of chair, treasurer, secretary and elected trustees. Financial matters are separate from the Festival. All members of the committee are Hackney Wick Residents and their contribution is voluntary.