Barrhead Housing Association hosts successful community fund voting day

Barrhead Housing Association (BHA) has revealed the results of a participatory budgeting community voting event it hosted.

Barrhead Housing Association hosts successful community fund voting day

Building on a successful event in the previous year, the event was an opportunity for the community of Barrhead to have a direct say in how £48,000 of Scottish Government Community Choices funding should be best invested in the community whilst ensuring that it supported positive community action and regeneration in their local area.

The Barrhead Housing Association Community Fund was aligned with the ethos of participatory budgeting where residents of BHA’s communities decided and voted on how the Barrhead Housing Association Community Projects Fund is allocated.

Barrhead Housing Association had taken steps to ensure that people not attending were included, with more than 100 of its tenants returning a postal vote. An interesting change this year, inspired by the recent Year of Young People, by the community steering group to split the funds between a pot focusing on young person’s projects and a pot for the community as a whole.

Barrhead Housing Association hosts successful community fund voting day

More than 900 members of the community passed through the project market place and chose the projects they voted for. The 19 winning projects which attracted the most community votes were announced on the day. 

Young Person Projects Category

No. of Votes Project Funding Awarded
571 Barrhead Youth Football Club -  Mental Health Workshops £2,500
530 Magic WAND Community Safety &Health Project -20th Safety in the Park £3,000
514 Auchenback Active -  Arts and Craft Group £3,000
499 St. Mark’s Primary -  Outdoor Area Improvement £3,422
483 East Renfrewshire ASN Parent Action Group £3,744
478 In Cahootz Barrhead Drama Group £3,656
418 1st Barrhead Boys Brigade -  BB - STEM Ambassador programme £3,500
341 Levern Valley Community Brass – Brass Day £1,178.00
3834 Total £24,000

General Community Projects

No. of Votes Project Funding Awarded
418 Levern Valley Defibrillator Community Partnership £4,000
365 BANDF - Action for Less Fortunate £4,000
349 All About Barrhead - Barrhead Rainbow Run £4,000
334 Barrhead Amateur Boxing Club - The Big Move £4,000
321 Include Me 2 Club - Social Blend £3,700
320 Waterworks Veterans Memorial £2,000
314 Auchenback Active - Community Safety Fun Days £500
301 Barrhead Netball BBN - Barrhead Bravehearts £500
287 Dunterlie Baby and Toddler Group £500
234 Knitting & Crochet Group £500
201 Prestige Analysis - PHAT CLUB £500
3444 Total £24,200

Bryan Dando, BHA community regeneration officer, said: “It’s not just about giving out money. We see ourselves as a community anchor organisation, we are also about community development, supporting community projects and finding out what the need is in Barrhead. We want to go above and beyond simply looking after our tenants, it’s about our wider Barrhead area.”

Janet from East Renfrewshire Additional Support Needs Parent Action Group thought the event was fantastic, but not just because of the funding on offer. She added: “It gives you the chance to get out there and get our name out there and let people know that we exist. Because word of mouth works better than anything.”

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