The answer to that question comes in a number of different forms. First and foremost it is the whole community of Fratton - all who live, work or play in the City Council Electoral Ward of Fratton. The needs and views of all those people directly and influence the way Fratton Big Local works and the way it uses the funds.
But it is difficult to create a forum in which all those people can come together and express their views and find a common way forward together - so there are a number of smaller groups which seek to draw together people and more are being planned and created. There then needs to be a body which seeks to draw all of this together and which is accountable to both the whole community and to Local Trust - the national body responsible for the fund.
So there is the 'Fratton Big Local Partnership'. This is a constituted body of up to 12 voting members (and a further 4 non- voting members). These individuals come from a variety of backgrounds and parts of the community as well as bringing a mix of skills and experience. They are united in their commitment to helping the wider community and enthusiasm to improve the quality of life in Fratton.
Over 50% of them have to be people who live or work directly in Fratton, and currently, we have over 80% in that category. The non-voting members are representatives of key local bodies who we hope will work with us and share with us their understanding of the area. These currently include a Ward Councillor, Fratton Community Association and a Community Officer from the City Council.
Lastly, the Partnership employs two workers who are the people you are most likely to meet - or talk to - if you contact the office or come to an event.