Council's plans for participatory budgeting announced at conference

Aspiring Communities to hear Council's plans for participatory budgeting

Delegates will hear about Inverclyde Council's plans to distribute at least £350,000 across Inverclyde through a participatory budgeting process, as part of CVS Inverclyde's third sector conference, Aspiring Communities. The annual community conference takes place at the Beacon Arts Centre on Friday 7 September, 9am to 2pm.

With plans being launched in September, the participatory budgeting process will see local community groups given the opportunity to propose ideas about how to spend the money, amounting to £50,000 in each of Inverclyde's seven ward areas.

Compassionate Inverclyde will also take delegates through the progress of this citizen led collaboration, which is transforming societal attitudes and behaviours around loneliness, isolation, death, dying and bereavement. It is now a growing, dynamic and self-organising social movement of compassionate citizens who care for each other.

"Connecting people and giving them the space and tools to take action on their own behalf and lead their own success, will strengthen how our community works better together in the future here in Inverclyde," said Ian Bruce, Chief Executive Officer, CVS Inverclyde.

"With that as the focus for our Aspiring Communities conference, we will hear about the progress of Compassionate Inverclyde and from Inverclyde Council on its exciting plans for participatory budgeting being launched next month.

"Going forward, we anticipate the process to grow significantly. All councils in Scotland have made a commitment for one percent of their spend to be actioned via this process by 2021, which amounts to nearly £2m each year here in Inverclyde. It will help establish an environment for local communities to achieve positive change for themselves."

Talking to delegates about the Council's participatory budgeting plans and how people can get involved, will be Hugh Scott, Service Manager for Community Learning & Development, Community Safety & Resilience and Sport, along with Grant McGovern, Head of Services, Inclusive Education, Culture and Communities. Alison Bunce, Programme Lead at Compassionate Inverclyde, will talk about the progress of the initiative.

The CVS Inverclyde AGM also takes place on the day, with a free place at conference for members. The half day conference includes a series of workshops before concluding with a networking lunch. Workshops will cover tips for funding bids from the Big Lottery Fund, more about the Council's participatory budgeting plans, and a Democracy Matters community engagement session.

Belville Community Garden will look at the levels of consumption and production and how it can support the local community towards a more sustainable future. There will also be a session on the benefits of the new volunteer portal,, and with 2018 being Scotland's Year of Young People, a workshop will challenge delegates to think about what makes a good volunteering opportunity for young people.

Delegate places can be booked online by clicking here 

Many thanks to conference partners including the Oak Mall Shopping Centre, River Clyde Homes, Inverclyde HSCP, Inverclyde Council, Waterfront Cinema, Riverside Inverclyde and Love & Humphries.

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