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£20K to be shared by Fairer Food initiatives after public vote

Posted on 25 Jun 2019

Food-based initiatives from across North Ayrshire have received a boost to the tune of almost £20,000 thanks to North Ayrshire Council’s Fairer Food participatory budgeting event.

The 19 local projects sharing a total of £19,161 were announced this week  after being chosen by the public at the recent Fairer Food decision day event held at Eglinton Park, Kilwinning, on Saturday, June 8.

Around 400 residents came along to the event to hear more about the shortlisted initiatives before voting for their favourites, with an impressive 338 votes being cast on the day.

The participatory budgeting process, which kicked off earlier this year, invited individuals and groups to bid for up to £1250 to help fund initiatives that improve access to food in their communities.

As well as voting, those attending the event enjoyed cooking demonstrations by Centrestage, a food growing workshop with Eglinton Growers, a Bling it Bike arts and crafts session with the Active Travel team, guided walks with the Countryside Rangers, multisports activities from KA Leisure, a silent disco and more.

Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Sadly, food poverty is something which affects many families and individuals across the UK, impacting negatively on their health and well-being – not only  physically but mentally.

“In the right environment, food can also become a powerful tool in bringing people together and helping to reduce social isolation in our communities.

“We have many fantastic community groups and projects here in North Ayrshire running some amazing food-based initiatives, and we are thrilled to be able to contribute financially to some of these through our Participatory Budgeting exercise.”

The successful bids were as follows:


Grant award

Castlepark Early Years Centre


North Ayrshire Foodbank


Centrestage Communities Ltd


North Ayrshire Women’s Aid


Café Solace


The Ayrshire Community   Trust - Eglinton Community Garden


 Irvine Neighbourhood Youth Forum


Pennyburn Regeneration Youth Development Enterprise


Kilwinning Academy Parent Council


Dalry Community Sports Club


The Oasis


Stevenston North Community Association


St Palladius Parent Council


Evolution Skatepark Scotland


Saltcoats Link Up Cooking Group


North Ayrshire Champions Board




Largs Foodbank


Woodside Arran CIC