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Online wish list launched for community groups to seek help from Council contractors
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Online wish list launched for community groups to seek help from Council contractors

Posted on 5 Oct 2021

North Ayrshire Council has launched a new online portal to help support local community groups.

Launched this month on the North Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership website, the Community Benefits Wish List has been set up to provide groups with community benefits supported by local public sector contractors.

Forming part of the Council’s Community Wealth Building strategy – a bold new economic model with a focus on wellbeing and inclusion to reduce poverty and inequality across the region – community groups can use the portal to register their own community benefit wishes.

Examples of community benefits which could be added to the wish list could be: donations of materials to a community garden, food donations to a local community larder, free printing for a community event or an expert giving a small charity some free help for an afternoon.

The Community Benefits Wish List is an exciting new online resource to allow Third Sector groups, such as community organisations, associations, charities and social enterprises, to come together and share their needs with Council contractors and suppliers.

Council contractors and suppliers can then view the requests for help and, if they’re interested, can do their part to deliver one for the advertised projects.

So, if you are a community group looking for a helping hand register online here: northayrshire.community/wishlist

Community groups can have up to 3 wishes – or fewer – ‘live’ on the Community Benefits portal at any one time and contractors interested in delivering a wish can view the list of requests on the website and contact the Council via email: communitybenefits@north-ayrshire.gov.uk to get involved and provide support.

Council Leader, Joe Cullinane added: “The launch of the new Community Benefits Wish List is yet another step in the Council’s Community Wealth Building strategy.

“The Wish List will put important community projects on the radar of contractors who can provide them with support to achieve their ambitions, grow their capacity and realise their potential.

“Community Wealth Building is all about working in partnership with communities and businesses to build a strong local economy which supports fair work, encourages local spend and uses the land and property we own for the common good so that wealth stays local.

“It is particularly significant that the Community Benefits Wish List has launched now during Challenge Poverty Week. Across North Ayrshire, local people are suffering from significant levels of poverty and inequality and are depending on the vital services of community groups, associations and Third Sector organisations more than ever.

“This is why we will continue to develop new Community Wealth Building approaches to do what we can to help communities recover from the effects of the pandemic as we put local businesses on the map and together, we can build back better, fairer and greener.”