As recently reported in the Aberdeen evening express: "Thousands of pounds have been handed out to Aberdeen community groups after a Dragons’ Den-style event. Aberdeen City Council had allocated £100,000 as part of its participatory budgeting process to fund new youth projects and initiatives across the regeneration areas of the city."
Children and young people in the Northfield, Mastrick, Cummings Park and Middlefield areas of the city voted on how £30,000 should be spent on activities for the Over 12s and how £20,000 should be spent on activities for the Under 12s.
The initiative was delivered by Northfield Total Place, and took a “participatory budgeting” approach, where young people themselves “vote” on which activity they wish to see happening in the area.
Northfield Total Place sought applications widely from interested parties, and received a total of 20 bids, 10 in each category.
Over 1740 children and young people watched a film (approximately 30 minutes) consisting of a video clip from each applicant organisation, after which they each cast their vote for their favourite “pitch” electronically. Each P1 to S6 pupil was entitled to one vote.
The next steps are to undertake an evaluation of the process before organising Participatory Budgeting events in other areas of the City in early 2016.
- More information on Northfield Total Place: http://www.totalnorthfield.org.uk/
As part of the process young people under twelve watched this video: