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Youth PB attracts 14,178 votes and the results are in!
Home   News   Youth PB attracts 14,178 votes and the results are in!

Youth PB attracts 14,178 votes and the results are in!

Posted on 25 Nov 2021

 

An incredible 4,726 young people have helped make the dreams come true for almost 100 youth projects which will share a £97,500 windfall.

North Ayrshire Council’s Young People’s Participatory Budgeting Initiative invited those aged between eight and 25 to vote on a range of amazing projects across the area.

Over the course of two weeks, a total of 4,726 young people cast 14,178 votes – three votes each – for youth projects across the Garnock Valley, Irvine, Kilwinning, and Three Towns localities.  

Due to the number of applications received in the Arran and North Coast localities, all bids fulfilling the essential criteria will be automatically funded and therefore a public vote was not necessary in these two areas.

Voting was carried out online through Young Scot’s voting platform while there was also the opportunity to vote in schools and at youth centres.

Young people could choose from a wide array of individuals, clubs, groups, and Parent Councils who had applied for grants of up to £1,000, with each project representing at least one of the following themes:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Voice and participation
  • Digital connections

Emily Nix, Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (Cunninghame South), said: “I am thrilled to see that so many young people took the time to vote and decide which projects and community groups they’d most like to see funded in their area.

“The Young People’s Participatory Budgeting scheme will help local clubs and community groups to benefit, helping them to thrive and recover from the effects of the pandemic

“I am really looking forward to the coming months to see the difference that these grants will make to the lives of young people across our six localities.”

Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Participatory Democracy, said: “It is extremely important to us that communities have a say in how funding is being spent.

“Youth PB funding has made a massive difference to many local projects over the last three years. In the last round, 71 local projects benefitted through the funds, and we’re delighted that even more will benefit this year.

“It has been great to see our young people participating democratically and benefiting from PB. It’s phenomenal how many young people took part.

“We look forward to seeing the positive outcomes that this funding will bring to the many fantastic groups and projects throughout North Ayrshire who are doing a great job week in, week out for our younger residents, many of which are run by young people themselves. Their hard work is more important than ever after such a challenging 18 months for our young people and communities.

“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to cast their vote and have their say on how and where the money should be spent and also extend my congratulations to the successful community groups and projects.” 

View the full list of winning projects and funding totals here.

To find out more about North Ayrshire Council’s Participatory Budgeting schemes, visit www.northayrshire.community/get-involved/participatory-budgeting-in-north-ayrshire