New fund­ing avail­able for youth projects

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Young peo­ple from Ar­ran and across North Ayr­shire are be­ing urged to get ap­pli­ca­tions in for the chance of win­ning up to £1,000 of fund­ing to help de­liver projects in their com­mu­ni­ties.

A to­tal of £50,000 has been al­lo­cated from North Ayr­shire Coun­cil’s youth bank fund to de­liver this spe­cial youth par­tic­i­pa­tory bud­get­ing event which aims to cel­e­brate the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Year of Young Peo­ple (YoYP) 2018.

The event will see lo­cal youth groups, or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als aged 8 to 25 given the chance to pur­sue their ideas which will bring ben­e­fit to young peo­ple in the area.

Ap­pli­ca­tions must be based around one of the six YoYP themes: cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, enterprise and re­gen­er­a­tion, equal­ity and dis­crim­i­na­tion, health and well­be­ing and par­tic­i­pa­tion. The ap­pli­ca­tion form can be found on the Young Scot web­site and should be sub­mit­ted no later than 5pm on Fri­day Novem­ber 24. Com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tion forms can be sent by email to youthpb@north-ayr­shire.gov.uk or posted to: PB Team, St Johns Pri­mary School Base, Steven­ston, KA20 4HH.

Af­ter the clos­ing date, a short-list of up to 15 projects per lo­cal­ity will be se­lected to progress to an on­line vote via the Young Scot web­site on week com­menc­ing Mon­day Fe­bru­ary 5, 2018. Young peo­ple from across North Ayr­shire will then vote on the projects they want to see hap­pen dur­ing the YoYP, and the win­ners will be an­nounced.

Coun­cil­lor Louise McPhater, cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­ni­ties, said: ‘Par­tic­i­pa­tory bud­get­ing is an im­por­tant and much-loved ini­tia­tive that forms part of our ap­proach to work to­gether to de­velop stronger com­mu­ni­ties.

‘It is vi­tal that we in­volve young peo­ple in the PB process as we recog­nise how im­por­tant their roles are within our com­mu­ni­ties. We have al­ready suc­cess­fully de­liv­ered a cou­ple of PB events tai­lored specif­i­cally to young peo­ple. How­ever, this time we are do­ing it slightly dif­fer­ent, as we are them­ing it all on the Year of Young Peo­ple 2018.’

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