In 2016, the Scottish Government launched a Community Choices Fund with the purpose of distributing £1.5m annually towards new participatory budgeting initiatives in Scotland. Interest in the fund was high, with 137 applications in the first year of the programme.
The ‘Your Voice – Young Choice’ project put decision-making responsibility for distributing £60k in grant funding in north Glasgow in the hands of 37 local young people.
Earlier this year, the 10-16 year olds dreamed up concepts and projects which could promote positive change and social inclusion in their communities. They came together to develop projects, present them to the local community and help people decide which of them should be allocated funding. A community event in Possilpark brought project participants together earlier in 2017. While we also attended this event, here in his own words, Robert Docherty from one of the successful recipients, ng Homes, tells us about their north Glasgow initiative, ‘Your Voice – Young Choice’.
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