Young people in Edinburgh were asked to decide how just over £160,000 of City of Edinburgh Council funding should be spent on youth work projects….and the results are in!!
All young people aged 11 to 25 were given the opportunity to vote for projects both in their own locality and citywide. For each vote, young people were able to choose their top three projects.
A total of 55 projects faced a public vote and here is the full list of awards: CYW_Votes & Awards_29Mar18
Share your opinion of the Choose Youth Work Participatory Budgeting programme here – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cyw2018
What is Choose Youth Work?
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, which recently went to a 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 were able to vote for projects in a locality ballot and projects in a citywide ballot. They were asked to vote for 3 projects in each ballot. Young People were 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.
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.
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.