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Sallyann Ball Community Champion

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Who am I?

Let me introduce myself... I am Sallyann, Sal to my friends, I am a mother of two great kids, Sabina 18 and Ronan 14, living in Stonehouse, Plymouth.

Although only working part time, I do not sit at home watching the Jeremy Kyle show!!

A not so brief insight into what makes me tick, follows...

 

I am a community activist working with amongst others, the local Council to better my local environment. I have been the Secretary of my local residents group since 1999 and in 2006 initiated a new residents group, Valletort House Residents Group. I personally implemented a Sensitive Lettings Scheme in 2006 adopted and supported by Plymouth Community Homes, formerly Plymouth City Council Housing Department and because of this and my other work I was awarded the “2007 - Respect Award for Taking A Stand” (RAFTAS) in March 2007 and the "Outstanding Contribution to your Community Award" in June 2007 by the Government Respect Minister, Louise Casey. I work very closely with Stonehouse Neighbourhood Management Team and the local Neighbourhood Policing Team.

In November 2009 I became one of the Home Office approved Community Crime Fighters having attended a residential training event at Trafford Hall in Chester and in February 2010 I was elected by Plymfed as one of the Community and Social Action Plymouth (formerly Plymouth Third Sector Consortium) Directors for the Consortium Executive.

In March 2010 I attended the Connecting Communities Leadership training, a government initiative that empowers communities.

 

I am an active member or closely affiliated to the following groups: -

* Adelaide Community Project 1998 - 2011 [Secretary & joint Chair]

in partnership with Plymouth City Council, Groundwork Trust, Neighbourhood Management, Local Neighbourhood Police

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme & Community Messaging Service (Ringmaster)

* Plymfed (formerly PETRA) 2001 - 2013

Volunteer IT support worker June 2010 - Sept 2011

HARP and delegates officer

Housing Management [Vice Chair until August 2011]

Sustainable Communities Working Group, formerly Allocations (ended)

Choice Based Lettings - Devon Home Choice (ended)

Anti-social Behaviour Service Improvement Group (ended)

Caretaking Service Improvement Group (ended)

Parking Review Group - Task & Finish (ended)

* Anti-social Behaviour Unit (ASBU)

* PETALS (Plymouth Together Advice Line Service)

* Stonehouse Action (Umbrella residents association) 2002 - 2006

* Valletort House Residents 2006 - present

* Plymouth 2020 - Safe and Strong Community Rep April 2008 - March 2011

* Plymouth City Council housing department (until transfer - November 2009)

* Resident Involvement Network (formerly Tenant Participation Team) 2006 - present

Interested Tenants Network

* Plymouth Community Homes 2009 - present

Service Improvement Groups (SIGs) until November 2009

Service Charge Steering Group May 2010 - Sept 2011

Responsive Repairs Continuous Improvement Group (CIG) Oct 2010 - Jan 2011

* Plymouth Third Sector Consortium [Director for the Consortium Executive] 2010 - 2011

* Tenants And Residents Of England (TAROE)

 

 

I work in the local community with tenants affected by issues such as low level anti-social behaviour, housing repair issues, tenancy sustainability on an entirely voluntary basis. I also work with victims of anti-social behaviour as a victim support worker, again voluntarily.

 

Working within my own community I endeavour to ensure that I am kept up to date with policies and procedures that may affect my residents. I also work closely with all service providers to ensure that the strategies, policies and procedures in place have a positive affect on the community.

 

Community Inclusion, Engagement and Empowerment are my three main values.

 

"Putting the unity back into the community"

 

Because of my work in the community, Superintendent Jim Webster of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary accessed funding through Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service for me to go to City College Plymouth to do a part time three year foundation degree in Public Services - Neighbourhood Management. I, then became the elected student representative for my course.

 

This course has been absolutely fantastic - allowing me to interact with other Public Service students who have given me a real credible insight into their organisations. I am hoping that my addition to this course allows them to understand the role of the voluntary and community sector in the delivery of services within the city.

 

I have mastered the Universities online Eportfolio and have been fortunate enough to work with other higher education students showcasing my WebFolio and Personal Development Plan (PDP). This has been a real boost to my confidence and I was recently nominated for Student of the Year, which is something else I am proud of.

 

This course has been a really challenging but totally fulfilling life experience and am hoping that when I graduate my experience, knowledge and qualifications will lead me to gainful employment within the job market.

 

May 2011 - I have been accepted on to City College Plymouth's City & Guilds 7303 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) tutor training course.

 

June 2011 - After three amazing years and networking with some amazing people, I have completed the Neighbourhood Management Course and am due to graduate in September 2011 - It has been an incredible journey!!!

 

July 2011 - PTLLS completed within the 10 week period. Qualification completed and awarded.

 

September 2011 - Although my studies have now come to an end, I am hopeful that my passion, experience and qualifications will support me in my current search for a career in the public or community sector.

 

November 2011 - I was given the Higher Education Enterprise Award from City College Plymouth.

 

 

It has been an incredible three years.

 

My special thanks go to my family and friends who both inspired and believed in me, even when I didnt.

 

Thursday 22nd September 2011 - 4pm

 

A beautiful sunny afternoon on the Hoe, I had the priveledge of accepting my degree along with my fellow Public Service graduates. Supported by all my close family and friends.

City College Plymouth held its annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday 24 November to recognise the achievements of its students.

 

The Awards Ceremony celebrates the success of students in the commitment and dedication they have shown to their studies, or for the sacrifices they have made to be successful at College.

 

A total of 31 students, aged between 16 and 58 received the special honours. The students, representing all faculty areas, were nominated by their tutors to receive the awards that have been sponsored by local companies and organisations.

 

This year, the awards were presented by guest of honour, Professor Iain Stewart, Professor of Geosciences Communication at Plymouth University. Other guests included the Deputy Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, along with award sponsors, local employers, family and friends of the award winners, College staff and governors.

 

I was presented with the Higher Education Enterprise Award 2011.

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