Green light for community projects after Prestwick decision day

 20 March 2017  |  

More than 140 people turned out to support the event

More than 140 people turned out to support the event

21 community groups in Prestwick and the surrounding villages are celebrating after landing fresh funding to help support their work. More than 140 people turned out to take part in the latest decision day event, which encouraged people to get actively involved in local decision making.

A fund of up to £14,500 was available at the event, at Prestwick Academy on Saturday 18 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: Cinema screenings for Dementia Friendly Prestwick, bikes and helmets for pupils who don't have access to them at Glenburn Primary through the Parent Council, exercise classes for the Kyle Stroke Group, a breakfast club at the Messy Church in Monkton, storage for the South Ayrshire Foodbank, and a six-week programme for children using Silly Gilly's Fun Factor.

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 and the Prestwick and Villages Locality Planning Group invited people from Prestwick Airport & Monkton, Prestwick East, Prestwick West, Symington, Heathfield, and Newton North.

Claire Monaghan, South Ayrshire Council's Head of Communities said, "The Prestwick event is just the latest to have become a firm favourite with local groups, with the funding available helping them to take forward interesting projects in their communities.

"The organisations involved work with people of all ages, and the fact that children as young as 12 can vote on their favourites, means that local decision-making is being put firmly in the hands of the community.

"Participatory budgeting is designed to encourage more people to get involved in their community, while also helping to build local networks that can work together in future to do more in their local area. It's a positive development that I'm sure will continue to go from strength-to-strength."

A full list of the successful groups is available here.