Aspiring Communities

... hears Council's plans for participatory budgeting

Delegates heard 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 at the Beacon Arts Centre (today Fri 7 Sept '18), attracted representatives across the sectors.

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.

Alison Bunce, programme lead of Compassionate Inverclyde, also talked to delegates about the progress of this citizen led collaboration, which is transforming societal attitudes and behaviours around loneliness, death, dying and bereavement. It is now a growing, dynamic and self-organising social movement of compassionate citizens who care for each other.

Talking to delegates about the Council's participatory budgeting plans and how people can get involved, was Hugh Scott, Service Manager for Community Learning & Development, Community Safety & Resilience and Sport, and Grant McGovern, Head of Services, Inclusive Education, Culture and Communities.

"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 heard 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."

The half day conference includes a series of workshops before concluding with a networking lunch. Workshops cover tips for funding bids from The Robertson Trust, more about the Council's participatory budgeting plans, and a Democracy Matters community engagement session.

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

Conference partners include the Oak Mall Shopping Centre, River Clyde Homes, Inverclyde HSCP, Inverclyde Council, Waterfront Cinema, Riverside Inverclyde and Love & Humphries. Andrew Bowman, Riverside Inverclyde, pictured below (right) with CVS Inverclyde Chief Executive Officer, Ian Bruce.

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