The Power of Youth – £40,000 distributed to local Youth Projects

Published on Friday 28 September 2018

A total of 15 youth-related projects chosen by young people in Angus, will receive a share of £40,000.

Twelve of the 15 will be fully-funded from The Power of Youth award, which was made available by Angus Council as part of its commitment to Participatory Budgeting and in celebration of the Year of Young People 2018.

The youth-focused fund was divided into four, offering £10,000 for groups in each of the county’s Locality Areas - Arbroath; Brechin and Montrose; Carnoustie, Monifieth and Sidlaw; and Forfar and Kirriemuir.

Successful applications, and the cash award they will receive as a result of 1127 young people (aged from S1 to 18-years-old) voting, were announced by our Strategic Director for People, Mark Armstrong at Angus House last night (Thurs 27 Sep).

Participatory budgeting

He also congratulated everyone who was involved in the 35 bids that were made for the funding. Bids received totalled £91,082.57 exceeding the £40,000 available, meaning that not all bids could be accepted. That’s why the young people’s considered votes via the Young Scot website were so important.

Young people voted for the following projects –

Arbroath –

Arbroath Children’s Learning Partnership (£4250)

Skillz Academy (£5000)

Police Scotland (You Tube filming project with young people in Arbroath) (£750)

Brechin/Montrose –

The Attic Youth Project (£2000)

Street Games (£3000)

Family Resource Team (£2810)

Links Park Community Trust (£1400)

YM Montrose (£790)

Carnoustie/Monifieth –

HEART of Monifieth; Health & Wellbeing (£5000)

Monifieth Duke of Edinburgh Award Group (£5000)

Forfar/Kirriemuir –

Forfar and Kirrie Holiday Programmes (£4000)

Webster’s High School Outdoor Project (£1740)

Kirrie Youth Art Group (£1499)

DD8 Music DJ training (£2318.57)

DD8 Music Mobile Equipment (£443.43)

Participatory budgeting is a different way of managing pubic money. It enables people, and in this case young people, to make the call on how public budgets are spent. Those involved can play a part in the decisions that directly affect their lives and those of other young people in their communities.

A trained team of young people (aged 13-17) co-designed the participatory budgeting process for the new Power of Youth scheme. Their learning has helped them to assist other young people in the process. They all received certificates in recognition of their work and were presented with a Saltire Award in recognition of their voluntary efforts (pictured).

Work undertaken in the scheme will be shared transnationally with partners through the European NSR Like! Project looking at digital innovation in the public sector.