PB Scotland attends participatory budgeting events around Scotland, capturing the energy and learning at each event through a range of media, including photos, videos and interviews. Get in touch if you are organising a local PB event that you would like us to cover.
For most groups running PB processes the final event is what everybody sees, the visible tip of the iceberg, if you like. But the planning, preparation and sheer hard work that goes into PB represents the other nine tenths of the process.
Paul Nelis reflects on the importance of evaluating the impact of PB and presents 7 simple questions that will help PB steering groups and agencies (implementing mainstream PB) to evaluate their process and events.
Here Paul Nelis reflects on his discussion with Ullapool Community Trust about the voting options available to them as they plan for their participatory budgeting event. It seems like there are as many variations in voting as snowflakes on a winters day.
The Scottish Government and COSLA have announced that at least 1% of local government budgets will be decided through participatory budgeting (PB) by the end of 2021, with £100 million in council funds potentially available
Last month the Scottish Co-production Network hosted a very successful learning event exploring the relationship between co-production, participatory budgeting and commissioning processes through real examples about what works in co-producing budgets.
It takes a lot to fill a community hall on a rainy Saturday morning, but for the people of the Woodburn and Dalkeith communities, the chance to showcase their local activities and bid for their share of £18,000 was just enough to whet their appetites.
In this blog, David Ramsay, Development Worker, Glasgow Homelessness Network, goes into detail about some of the work he carried out to engage people in Glasgow community budgeting events which took place last year.
Guten Tag! Buenas Noches! Bonsoir! Good evening! were the welcomes which kicked off the evening at Woodside Hall in Maryhill on Thursday 20th April 2017. Community groups of all sizes came together to submit their ideas for promoting inclusion in Glasgow North.
In 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.