PB group Kilmarnock

Young people decide how funding is spent

Over 730 young people have been deciding how money should be spent locally on projects that are important to them.

This was all part of the Participatory Budgeting (PB) process, which is about local people making decisions about budgets that directly affect them.

East Ayrshire Council’s Vibrant Communities applied to the Scottish Government’s Community Choices fund for money to run PB events linked to the Health and Social Care Partnership. As 2018 is the Year of Young People, it was agreed that half of the funding should be allocated to events for young people.

The young people’s executive group was approached to set up a steering group to take the process forward, and six young people volunteered to be part of the group which met, supported by Vibrant Communities staff, to agree criteria, dates, event types and voting systems.

The steering group decided that bids had to be made by young people but that projects could cover any that involved young people. They also decided that the voting age should be eight and above, which allowed adults to have a say in the process too.

Events were held in Bonnyton, Cumnock, Drongan and Stewarton, and in total, 34 projects shared £60,000.

Children’s Champion Depute Provost Claire Leitch said: “I’m so pleased that the young people were given this incredible opportunity to decide where and how the funding should be used. All of the successful projects represent the very wide range of interests that our young people have and I wish each project every success with their extra funding.”


Notes to editors

Note to editor:


Successful projects in Kilmarnock area:

37th Ayrshire Scouts - Go Wild

Park School - Cafes 56: Helping the Homeless

Connecting Voices: We Care …. About Homeless People

Scottish Fire & Rescue Fire Fighter Cadets- 2018 Projects with the community

Barnardo’s Youth Service EA Families

4ward2gether - Diversity for Young People

Kilmarnock YMCA - New Adventures

Bonnyton Community Centre - Community Centre Upgrade

Active Graduates - Active Summer Camp

Centrestage - White Cube Gallery

Kilmarnock Youth Forum - Kilmarnock Community Fun Day


Successful projects in northern locality:


Stewarton Duke of Edinburgh Group - Gold Expedition to Italy

Stewarton United - Alton Towers Tournament

Senjokai Karate Club - 2018 club squad

Sports Council - Gymnastics Extra Curricular Club

Stewarton Academy S3 Tutorial Group

Fenwick Primary School - Health & Wellbeing Committee

Stewarton Youth Club - Healthy Lives Project

Fenwick Primary Respecting Rights Committee – Introducing RRSA

Young People - Days Out

Darvel Youth Club – Youth Climbing

Newmilns & Galston Brass Band - Making Musicians, Making Music

Ayrshire Snowsports – Club Development


Successful projects in southern locality:

Auchinleck Primary School - P7 Leavers’ Project

Drongan United - Grassroots

Barshare Health & Wellbeing Group - Barshare Bolterz

McRoberts Tae Kwon Do - Catrine Area Take Part Programme

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers - PSYV Cumnock

Auchinleck Community Development Initiative - Auchinleck Fun & Memories Hub

Auchinleck Academy Enterprise Group - Uniform Recycling

Netherthird Initiative for Community Empowerment- N Zone Children’s Fun and Fitness Club

Auchinleck Intergenerational Group - Intergenerational Group/Time Capsule

Dalmellington Band - Brass Academy Dalmellington

HizKidz - Kidz Camp 2018