Community groups celebrate funding success in Prestwick and surrounding villages
16 community groups from Prestwick and surrounding villages are overjoyed after securing new funding to support their work. 360 people turned out to take part in the latest decision day on Saturday 9 March.
The Prestwick and villages' locality planning group event encourages people to get actively involved in local decision making. Known as Prestwick and Villages Decides, this latest 'marketplace event' saw groups pitch their ideas to local people, who then voted to award funding.
Up to £14,650 was available, with groups funded up to £1,000. Voting was open to anyone who lives, works, volunteers or studies in Prestwick, Newton North, Heathfield, Monkton or Symington aged 10+.
Among the successful groups was Kyle Stroke Group who will use their £1,000 to help with transport costs and develop activities for members. South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness is using their funding to help run their HOPE project which supports people over 55.
Glenburn Miners Welfare FC will use their funding to help purchase floodlighting and a generator as well as other items to expand their football training activities for young and old.
Monkton Primary School Parent Council will use their funding of £875 to establish a sensory and interactive learning environment at the school.
Leader of South Ayrshire Council, Douglas Campbell said: "These events bring people together and promote good causes across South Ayrshire.
"They are great networking opportunities for volunteers helping them to link with like-minded individuals to grow existing projects and develop other initiatives to help local communities.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the locality planning group for organising the event and for everyone who turned out to support the latest decision day for Prestwick and villages."
The money was provided by South Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership and South Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership.