26 community groups in Ayr North and the surrounding villages are celebrating after landing fresh funding to help support their work.
More than 200 people turned out to take part in the latest decision day event in Ayr, which encourage people to get actively involved in local decision making by voting on their favourites.
The event was designed as part of the 'Participatory Budgeting' programme which encourages people to get actively involved in local decision making. £50,000 was available with groups funded up to £1,000 for use in local projects, from £1,001 to £5,000 for projects that benefit the wider community, and two awards of up to £10,000 for projects addressing social isolation.
Among the successful projects: Ayr Action for Mental Health taking forward new projects to reduce isolation, a new Healthy Tuesday programme for children at Tarbolton primary School, saving good food from landfill for the Unity Grill, computer skills for the elderly at Whittlets Court, and breathing new life into Craigie Community Bingo.
Voting was open to anyone who lives, works, learns or volunteers in Annbank, Mossblown, and Tarbolton; Dalmilling and Craigie; Lochside, Braehead and Whitletts; and Ayr North Harbour, Wallacetown, Newton South. Local people aged 12+ could vote. The money was made available by South Ayrshire Council.
Councillor Douglas Campbell, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said the event had been a success, “With a healthy crowd turning out on the day, community groups are now taking forward projects that have been directly backed by like-minded people.
“In the last eighteen months decision days have seen hundreds of people vote on positive projects, with these latest success stories all giving something back to a broad-range of different people all connected by a single community.
“Importantly, the events also allow people to network and hear what other groups are doing, something we hope will lead to new partnerships being forged and further good work developed in the months ahead.”