On Saturday 18th March Castlemilk saw participatory budgeting with a twist. They called it ‘community funding’, but rather than being about a community of place this event was about funding for two school communities.Read More
Kirkconnel and Kelloholm PB event this weekend was about more than just money, it gave lots of small groups the opportunity to be heard by their community. The audience showed their appreciation for them by listening carefully in absolute silence.Read More
This event report of the Leith Links event in March 2017 shows how PB helped bring the community together through low fuss table top presentations, community discussions and social voting for £400 - £2,000.Read More
Young people in Edinburgh are being asked to vote on projects to deliver youth work across the city. During February 2017, the Council invited groups to apply for up to £10,000 to spend on youth work activity that will benefit young people between 11-25, either locally based or citywide.Read More
Burnfoot Community Futures is a long-standing active community organisation (established in 2006) who are delivering a local PB process in the Burnfoot area of Hawick in the Scottish Borders.Read More
On 1st March 2017 SCDC brought together the first meeting of the PB Advisory Group which includes representatives from the statutory sector, voluntary sector and community volunteers. The Group will be a voice for PB practice in Scotland and will advise politicians, academics and policy makers on real practice and learning from the coalface.
This 1/2 day long masterclass will provide an overview of Participatory Budgeting (PB), aimed primarily at people working within Trusts and Foundations.
The role and implications of participatory budgeting for Trusts and Foundations, both to adopt the model themselves, and to use it as an opportunity to maximise the impact of their funds through partnership is an exciting one. However there will inevitably be questions and concerns about ensuring fairness, good governance and making best use of limited resources.
The participatory format of this event allows for plenty of opportunity for interaction and networking. With a view to providing a stimulating and informative experience. It will include a review of participatory grant making mechanisms as a way of stimulating community engagement, both within the UK and worldwide.
Discussion at the masterclass will inform a short briefing report that will be fed back to the Scottish PB working group, and thereby inform policy development as the Community Choices programme matures and expands in coming years.
There's more information and booking here.
Clackmannanshire residents have enthusiastically taken part in local events to prioritise the projects they want to receive their share of the £100,000 funding from the Community Matters Fund.Read More
Girvan and South Carrick make sure that young peoples views are considered in their most recent PB event. In a joint event between Girvan Youth Trust and South Ayrshire Council thirteen youth groups were successful in their bids for PB money.Read More
If there isn’t a community choices event on your doorstep in the next few weeks and months, there’s a good chance one’s not far away. Have a look at the full list of events, from the Shetland Islands to the Borders, the Ayrshires to Fife.Read More