More than 200 people turned out to support the event
35 community groups are celebrating after landing fresh funding to help support their work. More than 200 people turned out to take part in the 'South Carrick Decides' event in Girvan, which encourages people to get actively involved in local decision making.
A fund of up to £38,000 was available at the event at Girvan Academy on Saturday 18 February, with £20,000 available for projects dealing specifically with children and young people, and a further £18,000 for general community groups in the South Carrick Area. The day was organised in partnership with the Girvan Youth Trust.
Community groups pitched to an audience of local people about their proposal with the audience, voting to decide which groups received funding. Among the successful projects:
Costs covered for people with cancer travelling from Girvan to Glasgow for treatment; help to set up a new 'Fair Monday' festival in July 2018; better broadband services for people using Barr Community Store; a three week expedition to Malawi for 14 young people from Girvan Academy; hire a music therapy specialist for Invergarven School; and new sports equipment for Ballantrae Youth Club.
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 Girvan and South Carrick Villages Locality Planning Group invited people from Girvan, Dailly, Barr, Colmonell, Lendalfoot, Ballantrae, Barrhill Pinwherry & Pinmore to get involved, with anyone over the age of eight eligible to take part in the electronic vote.
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said the event had been a great success, "It's encouraging to see the decision days being so warmly supported, with more than 300 people having turned out to the South Carrick events in the last year to give their backing to their favourite local projects.
"The range of groups benefitting shows that there's strong demand for small grants that nonetheless help to make a big difference to the valuable work of community groups across South Ayrshire.
"We're committed to working with our communities to make life better I'm confident that the participatory budget approach will continue to deliver real benefits to our towns and villages, as the process evolves in future."
A full list of the successful projects can be found here.