For one week in March, 20 per cent of the residents of St Madoes in Glencarse, Perth voted for projects which could make a difference in the local community.
The event was part of a Participatory Budgeting (PB) Project supported by the Scottish Government Community Choices Fund, the Go For It Fund, and the Church of Scotland. There were 11 applications from diverse groups including the school library and those wanting a defibrillator for the Bowling Club. Of these bids, seven received grants from the £4500 pot.
“At last a vote we can do!” was the reaction from youngsters at St Madoes Primary School as they visited the St Madoes Centre to cast their votes.
On the same day – Saturday 24 March –a successful and colourful PB event took place at Ayr St Columba Lochside Parish Church. Seven groups won a total of £4000 after a public vote, attended by 50 members of the local community. The format included a series of presentations at the event with voters invited to score the projects electronically, before the votes were collated during refreshments. The winners were announced by Dylan Harper, Project Leader at Lochside Mission and Outreach.
Among the successful bids were South Ayrshire Foodbank, Ayrshire Cancer Support, Barnardos and Addaction, and Dalmilling Primary School. There were also additional funds for a Youth Group, Senior Citizens Group and the Lochside Mission Holiday Project.
It proved to be a great opportunity for local people to make new connections in the community and find out about what some of their neighbours are up to!
To find out more about the PB project click here