New par­tic­i­pa­tory bud­get meet­ing trial was a suc­cess

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Ar­gyll and Bute Health and Well­be­ing Net­work held an open par­tic­i­pa­tory bud­get meet­ing on Fri­day Septem­ber 14 to de­cide who should get a share of the £5,000 pot.

Grants of up to £2,000 were ap­plied for to sup­port health and well-be­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in com­mu­ni­ties.

In a new twist, speak­ers for var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions gave their case for why they should get a share of the bud­get, with the rest of the room us­ing their vote to make the fi­nal de­ci­sion.

An­to­nia Baird spoke for the Ar­gyll Phar­macy, ask­ing for qual­ity pe­dome­ters to rent out, en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to walk more and see how far they’ve come.

Colin Fer­gu­son asked for £1,000 for Head’s Up to gain ex­er­cise classes and equip­ment so that it can ex­pand be­yond men­tal health sup­port into phys­i­cal health, aid­ing men­tal health in the process.

The Dochas Cen­tre’s Doris Lin­stead and Craig But­ler laid out all the men­tal and phys­i­cal ben­e­fits of karaoke, in­clud­ing phys­i­cal­ity of danc­ing, the men­tal ben­e­fits of sing­ing and the com­mu­nity spirit of sing­ing in a group, in or­der to gain £900.

David Smart, leader for the 19th Ar­gyll Scouts asked for £1,000 to take all the Scouts to Lochgoil­head Out­door Cen­tre, free of charge.

Raymond Deans asked for £400 for the NHS Chap­laincy to start ex­er­cise classes in the Suc­coth ward to keep pa­tients’ mood and health good.

David Hewitt and Ros Duthie danced their way to £700 for tango lessons at the MS Cen­tre.

Ali­son McGrory hands out a cer­tifi­cate to Raymond Deans for NHS Chap­laincy.

Head’s Up Mid Ar­gyll was given £1,000 for ex­er­cise equip­ment.

Claire Cameron, David Hewitt, Karen McCurry and Ros Duthie ac­cepted the cheque for the MS Cen­tre.

Dochas Cen­tre’s Doris Lin­stead, Cather­ine Pater­son, and Craig But­ler.

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