Who should get a share of £100,000? You decide

Local residents in Fraserburgh and Peterhead are being invited to decide which projects should receive funding to help improve health and wellbeing in their area.

During March and April organisations and groups were asked to bid for the £100,000 on offer to each town. Bids could range from £200 to £10,000 and they had to provide details of what they money would be spent on. There was a huge response with total bids more than double the funding on offer.

However the decision on which projects get funding will not made by officers or elected members but by the people who will benefit directly from the decision – local people.

In Fraserburgh there were 34 applications with bids totalling over £200,000 while in Peterhead there were 39 applications with bids totalling just under £300,000.

Local residents aged 12 and over, in the designated areas of each town, will have the unenviable task of deciding which of them will get funding at special event days to take place later this month.

The Fraserburgh event will take place at the JIC Building on Saturday 18th June, while the Peterhead event will take place at the Rescue Hall on Saturday 25th June.

Doors will open at 9:15 with the event starting at 9:45. Each project will be given 2 mins to persuade people to vote for them followed by 2 mins of questions.

After all the presentations, people attending the event will be asked to vote for 10 of the projects. The projects with the most votes will receive funding. The successful bids will be announced on the day.

All projects will be displayed on website www.yourvoiceyourchoice.scot as well as the Your Voice Your Choice Fraserburgh and Peterhead Your Voice Your Choice Facebook pages.

You can also find maps with the eligible areas. Only people in those streets will be able to vote.

The participatory budgeting pilot is being run by a local steering group in each town which is made up of local residents, community groups, the voluntary sector, Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian.

The initiative is part of an innovative new way of deciding who should receive funding by putting the decision in the hands of local people.

The funding is being made available through the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership. The new partnership of Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian which will deliver health and social care services across the shire.

Fraserburgh Your Voice, Your Choice
Participatory Budget Event
Saturday 18 June 2016
JIC, Albert Street, Fraserburgh

9.00   Registration

9.45   Adam Coldwells, Chief Officer for Aberdeenshire Health   & Social Care Partnership
  Welcome and Introduction

  Alan Budge - (PB Partners)
  Participatory Budgeting background and rules for the day
  Matthew Noble MC

10.00  Up to 20 Community Group Presentations
  (2 minute presentation and up to 2 minute Q&A’s)

11.50       Comfort Break

12.00  Remaining Community Group Presentations
  (2 minute presentation and up to 2 minute Q&A’s)

13.15  Voting and Refreshments
  (Tea, coffee and sandwiches)

14.15  Award of Grants
  Michael Murray – Chair of Kessock Park all weather facility/Leader of Fraserburgh Master Swimming Group

14.45  Close  


Saturday, 25th June 2016

Rescue Hall, Prince Street, Peterhead, AB42 1QE

9.15am Registration

9.45am Raymond Bisset OBE, Chairman of Health and Social Care Partnership
  Welcome and Introduction

  Alan Budge, PB Partners
  Participatory Budgeting background and rules for the day

  Scott Ross
  Compere for the day

10am  Community Group Presentations

11.30am Comfort Break

11.45am Community Group Presentations

1.15pm Voting

  Lunch and Networking

2pm  Award of Grants

  Conclusion and thanks