Ollerton and District Economic Forum
Tel: 01623 862410

Achievements so far

ODEF has a good track record of successfully carrying out a wide variety of regeneration projects as well as helping other organisations develop through the ‘host and float’ ethos. Key achievements are detailed below:

Surveys, studies and consultation exercises

  • Town Centre Strategy developed
  • Market Towns Healthcheck conducted in 2001 and Action Plans produced
  • Planning 4 Real Consultation exercise conducted
  • Public parking consultation in Ollerton town centre
  • Travel to work survey
  • Railway re-opening petition (1000 signatures obtained)
  • Open spaces survey and land use research conducted
  • Dropped kerb survey carried out by Disability Action Team
  • One Stop Shop report (which lead to successful funding for a variety of infrastructure projects)
  • Transport to Health study published 2009

Publications and websites

  • ‘The Sandlands walk’ leaflets published and interpretation board erected in Ollerton Village
  • Guides to Ollerton and the surrounding area published
  • Four cycle route leaflets published in partnership with Ollerton Youth Disaffection Partnership and Boughton Pumping Station
  • Community Register
  • Heritage trail leaflets developed and distributed throughout Nottinghamshire
  • ODEF website launched
  • ODEF Newsletter launched Spring 2010 and distributed throughout the community

Training services

  • Wild Sherwood volunteers attended HSE-approved First Aid Training
  • Hundreds of students attended IT training in ODEF’s multimedia centre – many achieved City and Guilds qualifications in IT
  • Free customer care training provided by ODEF enabled local jobseekers to gain employment with Tesco
  • ‘Skills for Life’ training helped students improve numeracy and literacy skills, with many gaining National Test Certificates-the equivalent of GCSE A*-C
  • Personal development training for young people organised in partnership with Ollerton Youth Project
  • Students gained certificates relating to the catering industry through partnership with Skills Gap Training

Community services

  • Many community groups assisted, including the Friends of Boughton Brake, Retford Road Estate Action Partnership (RREAP), Maun Estate Action Group (MEAG), Ollerton Village Residents’ Association (OVRA), Citizens Advice Bureau and Ollerton and Boughton Community Safety Task Group
  • Acorn Credit Union established
  • Farmers markets staged and first-ever continental market held in 2003
  • Community Champions award received in 2006
  • Feel Good Foods community garden project established

Employment services

  • Jobsfairs staged in response to colliery closure enabled many to find employment quickly
  • Hundreds of local jobseekers helped into employment through ODEF Work Club, free CV service, Information, Advice and Guidance sessions, employment database and job boards
  • Volunteers from Wild Sherwood Project improved their employability and self-confidence

Improvements to infrastructure

  • Youth shelters, kickwall and play area developed as part of the Market Towns Initiative
  • St Paulinus Church Hall built and opened in 2005
  • The Scout and Guide activity centre built and opened as part of the One-Stop project
  • Boughton Boomerang and Sherwood Sweeper bus services launched by Nottinghamshire County Council in partnership with ODEF and the Rural Community Council
  • Transport Action Team campaigned for improvements to A614 roundabout and re-opening of the passenger rail link.

Business

  • Hundreds of start-up businesses assisted
  • Business Directory published
  • Business Club established in partnership with Ollerton Chamber of Trade and Business Link
  • Disability Discrimination Act awareness activities (carried out in association with ODEF’s Disability Action Team)

‘Host and Float’ – support for community organisations

  • Pit Site Action Team researches possibility of using former Ollerton Colliery site to provide a source of employment-Sherwood Energy Village established by a number of members of the team, later becoming a separate organisation
  • Initial work with young people in Ollerton results in the development of Ollerton Youth Project and the Young People’s Coffee Bar
  • Recycling Ollerton and Boughton (ROB) established after development and hosting by ODEF

Community Breaks Project

  • 1400 beneficiaries supported over 3 years into jobs, training and volunteering
  • Assistance and referrals provided for those suffering from difficulties associated with worklessness

Environment

  • Launch of Eco Shop in 2008 which provided a public service aimed at raising the awareness of environmental issues and healthy living in the community
  • Establishment of Feel Good Foods Action Team which promotes healthy eating and home-grown produce, based in ODEF’s community garden at St Paulinus and Sherwood Pines.
  • Wild Sherwood volunteers undertake valuable environmental work in surrounding forest areas, including woodland management and conservation