Community projects benefit after successful North Carrick decision day

 02 October 2017  |  

Carrick Coastal Rowing Club were one of the successful groups

Carrick Coastal Rowing Club were one of the successful groups

20 community groups in Maybole and the surrounding area are celebrating after winning fresh funding to drive forward local projects. More than 240 people turned out to take part in the latest North Carrick decision day took place on Saturday 30 September at Maybole Town Hall.

Up to £30,000 was available at the event with groups funded up to £2,000 for use in local projects. Voting was open to anyone who lives, works, volunteers or studies in Maybole, Fisherton, Dunure, Maidens, Kirkoswald, Turnberry, Minishant, Kirkmichael, Crosshill, and Straiton, aged 12+.

Among the successful groups: support the Maybole Recovery Group to help people overcome addiction, a wet room and warm shower for the Carrick Coastal Rowing Club which could be used to help hypothermia cases, a new youth club for Minishant; and support to help reduce isolation for older people through the Maybole OAP's Association.

Councillor Douglas Campbell, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said, "With clear backing from the public, the successful grants will help to deliver local projects across North Carrick by groups that know their community well.

"This latest Decision Day is a great example of organisations coming together, discussing their needs and working as partners to try and secure the best possible results through local decision making.

"I'd like to thank everyone involved, both behind the scenes and those who voted on the day, for helping to make the event such a resounding success."

The event was part of a new way to encourage people to get actively involved in local decision making known as 'Participatory Budgeting'. Building on the success of recent community funding decision days, this latest 'marketplace event' saw groups display ideas for community projects to local people who are being invited to drop-in to award funding. The money was made available from South Ayrshire Council.

Key themes for the funding includes: addressing social isolation, communication, transport and access to facilities, activities and services, making a dementia friendly society, and opportunities for youth.

A full list of the successful projects can be found here.