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.
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.
On 31 March 2017 Cornerstone House Centre. Cumbernauld hosted the final PB event where 21 local community groups shared £24,000. Funding for activities between £268 to £1790 was presented to local groups.
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.
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.
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.
You wouldn't normally expect to combine decision-making about local funding with a full pipe band on Burns night. But when decisions are put in the hands of the community, anything seems possible. Read PB Scotland's report from the Govan community budgeting event on the 25th January 2017.
North Ayrshire have now completed their PB pilot. The events were well supported, attracting in excess of 550 local people and community groups who took part in deciding how the £72,000 grant funding would be allocated.
For this event the community were invited to celebrate not only the range of community projects who applied, but also St Andrew’s day and so they enjoyed a steak pie meal, a bagpiper, a local musician and more at this fun family event which culminated in the projects receiving funding that would help them develop their ideas.