Voting is now open for the Choose Youth Work Participatory Budgeting programme.
Choose Youth Work is designed to encourage young people to have a say in what youth work services they want to see in the City, and as such, we want to ensure a number diverse range of projects are available for young people to vote on.
When is it?
Voting opens on 5 March 2018 and closes on 16 March 2018
What is it?
Choose Youth Work: The Big Vote is a fund to help provide open-access youth work or activities for young people.
Over the last few months youth groups have developed ideas with young people in our communities, and at the beginning of March 2018 young people will choose which should go ahead by public vote.
There are two types of projects, local and citywide. Edinburgh is divided into four quarters known as localities and each has a separate fund for activities in that area, added to this there is a larger fund for activities open to all young people in Edinburgh.
Young people will be able to vote for projects in a locality ballot and projects in a citywide ballot. They will be asked to vote for 3 projects in each ballot. Young People will be able to choose whether they vote in the locality they live in or the locality they socialise in.
Who is it for?
Projects are for young people aged 11 to 25 who live in Edinburgh. As a result, young people aged 11 to 25 are being asked to decide which get funded.
How can I vote?
If you are between 11 and 25 years old and live in Edinburgh you can vote in two different ways.
The easiest way to vote is online using a Young Scot card, you can log on to the voting website when voting commences with the card number at young.scot/chooseyouthwork and access your ballot(s) from there. If you don’t have a Young Scot card head to young.scot/the-young-scot-card to find out how to get one, and all the additional benefits and discounts that come with it. If it’s too late to get a Young Scot card before the vote closes, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you a number quickly so you can vote.
There will also be the opportunity to vote in person in your community. We’re finalising our voting events and roadshows across the city, and we’ll post them at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20107/youth_clubs_and_participation or here as they’re confirmed, so you can decide which is easiest for you.
Schools across Edinburgh are also participating in voting events during the voting period. To find out whether your school is participating contact your locality lead:
Gordon McLean (SW) Gordon.McLean@edinburgh.gov.uk
Jackie Stewart (SE) email@example.com
Scott Neill (NE) Scott.Neill@edinburgh.gov.uk
Scott Donkin (NW) Scott.Donkin@edinburgh.gov.uk
David Hoy (City-wide) David.Hoy@edinburgh.gov.uk
Where is the money from?
Every year the Council awards money to organisations in Edinburgh that provide youth work and activities across the city. This is a chance for young people to decide directly, by public vote, how some of that money is spent.
How else can I get involved?
Has a club near you applied? If you’re on twitter or Instagram use #chooseyouthwork to help spread the word and encourage people to vote for their idea. A promotion pack including images and suggested posts for social media will be available here to download shortly.
Young people from across Edinburgh have helped us design this project through Young Edinburgh Action. If you’re interested in being involved please get in touch with Jade Mooney at firstname.lastname@example.org , 0131 469 3384.
Why give out money like this?
This way of giving out money that offers young people a greater say on how it is spent. The Council agrees to put money aside for youth projects, then it’s up to young people in our communities to pick ideas and vote on which ones they would like to see happen. We also hope that by encouraging organisations to involve young people more in developing activities, and then getting young people to decide, more people go to activities when they happen.
When will we know who gets the money?
The vote will be open between 5th March and 16th March 2018 and the results will be announced online shortly after.