The Conniburrow Community Programme – Delivering for the Community 
 
Great Linford Parish Council (GLPC) has recently been awarded funding from the Big Local Programme for the benefit of Conniburrow residents. 
 
In 2012 Conniburrow was awarded a grant of £1.25 million from the Big Local Programme funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. Independently managed by Local Trust, the Big Local Programme awarded funding to 150 communities in England that could be spent over 10-15 years at the communities’ own chosen pace, in line with their plans and priorities. 
 
The vision behind the Conniburrow Community Programme (CCP) was, 'To transform Conniburrow into a place where people choose to live and stay for a long time, to support residents to build a proud, empowered and cohesive community where strong and positive relationships are developed, regardless of background or circumstances – simply to be Conniburrow and proud.' 
 
Great Linford Parish Council (GLPC) has recently been awarded funding from the Big Local Programme for the benefit of Conniburrow residents. 
In brief, the Conniburrow Community Programme aims to create a legacy around the following three themes: 
 
> Physical and mental wellbeing 
> Community togetherness 
> Environmental 
 
“One of the biggest legacy opportunities is developing a Community Hub which will enable residents to have a place to meet and socialise,” explained Tommy Hayes, Community Liaison Officer with GLPC. 
Conniburrow Community Programme Highlights
“It will be a place where the Community Fridge can operate, with a wellbeing and community café, youth activities and outreach opportunities. GLPC will partner with MK Food Bank and Girl Pack to use the space as a distribution centre, with advice drop-in sessions held at the Hub and a space for small community groups to meet.”  
 
The Hub will be a constant support and focus for all, open throughout the entire week. 
 
With 91% of residents in a GLPC survey stating the importance of a community centre where free and low-cost activities could be hosted and accessed. “The Conniburrow Community Programme will also offer residents sustainable events that provide an opportunity to come together, socialise, learn, and grow, like community lunches and a youth homework club,” Tommy explained. 
 
“Conniburrow residents are also keen to see a reduction in litter and fly-tipping, reduced vermin, and improved green spaces. The CCP will work with Milton Keynes City Council on all these issues to improve our green spaces. 
 
“This is a huge opportunity for the Conniburrow community to come together and work with partners to tackle their concerns. It will give residents a platform to meet and find solutions, a place to start conversations with friends and neighbours to resolve the issues we all face.” added Tommy, “The priority is to create a strong long-lasting legacy, focusing on ensuring sustainable activities so that residents can reap the benefits for years to come.” 
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