Community celebrates fresh funding after packed decision day in Prestwick

 29 November 2017  |  

The latest event was well attended with 240 people through the doors on the day

The latest event was well attended with 240 people through the doors on the day

14 projects are taking shape in Heathfield, Newton North, and Prestwick after people voted to award grants following the latest Decision Day. 240 people turned out to show their support at Heathfield Primary where they voted for their favourite projects.

The Prestwick and villages locality planning group event was part of a drive to get people 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 were invited to drop-in to vote to award funding.

Up to £20,000 was available from South Ayrshire Council to the 18 groups taking part, with successful groups funded up to £1,000, with larger projects of up to £3,000 also considered. Voting was open to anyone who lived, worked, volunteered or studied in Heathfield, Newton North, and Prestwick, aged 10+.

Among the successful projects: Community Gift Exchange's 'Prestwick Beach wheels' to get people with mobility issues out on the sand; activities for families with children with special needs through the Spotty Zebras; a project from the homelessness charity, SeAscape to transport furniture to new homes; and helping people with dementia to access services through improved transport facilities through South Ayrshire Dementia Support.

Councillor Douglas Campbell, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said, "The Prestwick event attracted a big crowd on the day, with people keen to back projects that are making a real difference to their communities.

"By getting directly involved, meeting like-minded people, and voting for their favourite projects people are building stronger networks working for the common good in South Ayrshire.

"I'd like to thank everyone who took part behind the scenes, all those who turned out on the day, and wish every project the best of luck as they move ahead."

Key themes for the funding included: reduce social isolation and loneliness; address transport issues and access to services; keep local people independent and well; and promote opportunities for young people.

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