Oak Tree Housing Association is bringing an exciting opportunity for people in the South West of Greenock to decide how £35,000 is spent in their community. People in Branchton, Bow Farm, Fancy Farm, Grieve Road and Pennyfern, can put forward ideas for local health and wellbeing projects and then vote on the ideas they like the best.
The money will be allocated using a Participatory Budgeting approach, meaning decisions about how money is spent in an area are taken by the people who live there. Projects can be proposed by anyone, including schools, voluntary organisations and individuals, and will be able to receive up to £5,000 towards their project.
The programme, entitled Our Community, Our Future, is being backed with a grant from Scottish Government's Community Choices Fund. Oak Tree Housing Association has brought in local community development agency CVS Inverclyde to facilitate the process. In order to make sure the decisions are led by the community, a steering group will be established to oversee the process and a series of events will provide information in each of the areas. These three South West Greenock events will take place on:
Monday 22 October, 5.30pm, South West Library, 159 Inverkip Road
Thursday 1 November, 7pm, Grieve Road Community Centre
Saturday 10 November, 12pm, Branchton Community Centre
A final event will take place in March 2019 where everyone in the area can help decide how the fund is spent.
Nick Jardine, Oak Tree Housing Association's Chief Executive Officer said: "This is an exciting initiative and we welcome the opportunity it gives to support local projects and get local people involved in decision-making. We know the people of South West Greenock have great ideas for their community and we are delighted to help them make these come alive."
Scottish Government Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said: "The Community Choices Fund puts decisions about how we invest in communities into the hands of the people who live and work in them. This way of directly involving people is going from strength to strength, establishing itself firmly in Scotland.
"Tackling poverty and community empowerment are two key priorities for this Government. We know that communities are best placed to address the inequalities in their own areas and therefore know what improvements can be made."