Wargrave Big Local is a Partnership of local volunteers that has been charged with spending £1m of funding from the National Lottery to make Wargrave a better place to live and work. It is a ten-year project that started in 2015.
The Partnership has a Chair, Louise Forshaw, and a Vice-Chair, Jeanne Dentith. Meetings are held monthly. The Partnership have written a plan that has been approved by our funder, Local Trust, and we are supported by Torus Foundation as our Local Trusted Organisation. We operate from Wargrave Community Hub, a purpose-built facility in Alder Street, Newton-le-Willows.
To help us meet our objectives we have developed three Theme Groups. These are Stronger Wargrave, Healthier Wargrave and Greener Wargrave. These groups meet bi-monthly and are made up of Partnership members and professionals from organisations such as St Helens Council, the Department for Work and Pensions and the NHS. Each theme group has a set budget to spend on projects that will benefit Wargrave and its residents.
We also have a separate fund – our Community Chest – that offers grants of up to £500 for community projects that enhance our themes.