Successful decision day for Troon
20 community groups in Troon, Barassie, Muirhead, Dundonald, and Loans are celebrating after landing fresh funding to help support their work. Almost 280 people turned out to take part in the latest decision day on Saturday 9 February.
The Troon and villages locality planning group event is 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, the latest 'marketplace event' saw 22 groups pitch their ideas to local people, who then voted to award funding.
Up to £15,000 was available, with groups funded up to £750. Voting was open to anyone who lives, works, volunteers or studies in Barassie, Dundonald, Loans, Muirhead or Troon, aged 10+.
One of the groups receiving £750 was the South Ayrshire Dementia Support Association, they will use their funding to help transport clients to and from their day care centre in Prestwick.
The Good Companions group will use their money to encourage people out of social isolation while Beautiful Inside and Out will use their £750 to help fund a counsellor to work with young people in crisis.
Loans Social Hub Drop In will use their funding to help set up a monthly café offering low cost lunches and advice on healthy eating and Loans Community Centre Limited will use their £750 to help create a community garden.
Leader of South Ayrshire Council, Douglas Campbell, said this latest event was helping to get valuable projects off the ground, "These events have a great track record for getting people together to support projects that help celebrate community life.
"The creation of new networks also helps volunteers meet with like-minded people and potentially look to joint working on larger projects in the future, something that has a domino effect in driving positive change.
"I'd like to thank the locality planning group for organising the event and everyone who turned out to support the latest decision day in Troon."
The money was provided by South Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership and South Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership.
A full list of the projects can be found here