Nearly 640 people turned out to the latest decision day
26 community groups in Troon and the surrounding area are celebrating after landing fresh funding to help support their work. Nearly 640 people turned out to take part in the latest decision day on Saturday 10 February, up 44% on the previous event in September 2017.
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 31 groups pitch their ideas to local people, who then voted to award funding.
Up to £55,000 was available, with groups funded up to £1,000 (larger projects of up to £5,000 were also considered). Voting was open to anyone who lives, works, volunteers or studies in Barassie, Dundonald, Loans, Muirhead or Troon, aged 10+.
Among the successful projects: Improvements to the Dundonald Highland Games, a new radio station for Marr College, arts and crafts for Troon Opportunities in Retirement, respite breaks for South Ayrshire Young Carers, improvements to Fullarton Woods, and energy efficient heating for Loans Community Centre.
Leader of South Ayrshire Council, Douglas Campbell, said the awards would help complete a wide-range of projects, "Hundreds of people came out to support community groups that are all looking to make a difference to peoples' lives.
"Importantly, events like these allow like-minded people to meet and share ideas, with expanding networks providing the potential for joint working to deliver new ideas.
"I'd like to wish all of the participating groups the best of luck as they continue to deliver positive projects for the benefit for the wider community."
The money was provided by South Ayrshire Council and the South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership.
A full list of the awards can be found here.