In the first ‘Have Your Say’ vote, Whitchurch residents were given the opportunity to vote for one of three applications, all aiming to receive a community grant of £1000.
But regrettably few people voted.
Just 158 voted while only 6 votes separated the applicants!
Organisations were able to apply for a share of £200,000 from Hampshire County Council, who describe the scheme as:
“The purpose is to allow local people to have a say and determine which local projects receive funding from the County Council in order to help improve their local environment, to support local groups or strengthen their community.”
The Gill Nethercott Centre saw the three organisations setting up displays to encourage votes.
Three ballot boxes were set up.
So who were the winners? Who received their £1000?
FIRST – Received 56 votes. Awarded £1000
Friends of Whitchurch Silk Mill – Many Hands; weaving a network of community support.
This project is to increase volunteer support, by funding equipment and training and undertaking a recruitment campaign, particularly encouraging young people (who can get volunteering experience) and older men after retirement who may have fewer opportunities to socialise.
SECOND – Received 52 votes. Awarded £1000
Whitchurch Youth Project – Broadening horizons – Isle of Wight visit.
This is to help fund an activity weekend for the young people of Whitchurch, some who could not otherwise attend if it wa not subsidised. Activities include kayaking, horseriding and cycling, as well as visits to the Needles and Osborne House where Queen Victoria’s beach is open for the first time.
THIRD – Received 50 votes. Awarded £300
Whitchurch Association – Singing for the Brain – Dementia support.
This is an activity for dementia sufferers and their carers. The Singing and Music sessions are run in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Society and can help delay the development of this disease, as well as providing access to forgotten memories.
What were your views on this scheme where local people were given the chance to choose the most worthy cause?