Some of the winning groups celebrate at the Ayr North and villages decision day
22 community groups in Ayr North and the surrounding villages are celebrating after landing fresh funding to help support their work. More than 150 people turned out to take part in the latest decision day event in Ayr, which encourage people to get actively involved in local decision making.
A fund of up to £28,500 was available at the event, at Ayrshire College's Ayr Campus on Saturday 4 March. Community groups pitched to an audience of local people about their proposal, who then voted to decide which groups should receive funding. Anyone over the age of twelve was able to take part in the electronic vote.
Among the successful projects: A new breakfast club at Annbank Primary; help to clean up Tarbolton Woods, helping the Craigie Colts football team get competitive on the pitch, equipment to help attract new members to the Peter Boyle Bowling Club, and activities for the South Ayrshire Befriending Project.
The event is part of a new way to encourage people to get actively involved in local decision making known as 'Participatory Budgeting'. South Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, and their community partners invited people from Ayr North Harbour, Wallacetown & Newton South, Dalmilling & Craigie, Lochside, Braehead & Whitletts, Annbank, Mossblown & Tarbolton.
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said people across the area would realise the benefits, "The decision days give people the power to vote on the projects they feel will make the most difference in their community.
"With such a high turnout for the latest event in Ayr, it's clear that there's growing interest in the participatory budget approach, which encourages people to get directly involved and have a say in local decision making.
"I'd like to thank all involved for taking the time to make the Ayr North event possible, with community groups now well placed to continue their good work and make lives better in South Ayrshire."
A full list of the successful projects can be found here.