Edinburgh Participatory Budgeting

Up to £60,000 has been made available, in the first of three years of funding for youth groups in Edinburgh, and young Scot's have the opportunity to vote for who receives the funding, using their Young Scot card!

What's it all about?

Young people in Edinburgh are being asked to vote on projects to deliver youth work across the city.

During February 2017, the Council invited groups to apply for up to £10,000 to spend on youth work activity that will benefit young people between 11-25 - either locally based, or citywide.

The applications were screened at the beginning of March by a group of young people and Council officers, based on priorities that were decided by young people, following a consultation in 2016. 

This is the first year of a three year programme, with 60k to allocate this year, rising to over 100k in year two, and over 500k in year three. 

A total of 16 projects will now face a public vote and it's now up to you to decide which of these projects you would like to see being delivered!

What projects can you vote for?

You can vote for your three preferred projects from the list below.

Urban Adventure

A project to engage hard to reach young people in an area of multiple deprivation through a range of activities to build social skills in small groups of peers. Participants will be encouraged to help in the planning and budgeting of chosen activities to build financial awareness.

Moving On – Our Story

This project will enable young people supported by Move On, particularly those who have been in care or homeless, to make a movie, giving them a voice and recognition in shaping the future for others, helping them come up with practical solutions to the problems they have identified.

Back to Youth Work

A residential to re engage a group of Young People who are currently disengaging from all Youth provision. Through consultations with the Young People they have requested this residential with a view to getting them involved in youth provision in the area again.

Summer of Rock!

A week long music week for 60 young musicians from anywhere in Edinburgh to be immersed in music with like-minded people.  We will provide drum, guitar, vocal tuition, songwriting, rehearsal space, stage craft, band craft and studio engineering for individuals and bands finishing with a concert for friends and family.

Youth Led Summer Programme

A six week summer programme during school holidays, engaging young people from North Edinburgh aged 12+ in positive social and outward bound activities, acting as a positive alternative to hanging around the streets and engaging in concerning behavior – programme developed, implemented and evaluated by young people’s committee within GYC.

Fruitmarket Creative Youth Work Programme

A weekly creative youth work programme for 16 – 20 year olds delivered in collaboration with The Fruitmarket Gallery, Access to Industry, Screen Education Edinburgh and Dance Base. Participants will have the opportunity to work with artists to create work for exhibitions, performances and film screenings shown at The Fruitmarket Gallery.

Dunedin Canmore Youth Projects (DCYP)

DCYP is keen to meet the demands of local young people by providing additional staff and operational budgets to enable more children and young people to access our services. We are also determined to encourage more young people to have a greater say on programme development and budget spend.

Legitimately Fresh

As part of our award-winning garden project, we are developing an outdoor cooking and food growing programme with local young people, focusing on developing products made from locally grown food from community spaces. This will involve cooking and growing as well as the construction of an outdoor cooking facility.

Drop In Youth Clubs and Activities for S1,S2 and S3+ at FetLor Youth Club

FetLor Youth Club has just completed a £1.7M project to build a brand new Youth Centre for North Edinburgh. We opened our doors in February and are working to increase our provision drop in after school clubs as well as offering a range of activities in Easter and Summer holidays.

Journey to Change

Venture Scotland offer a 12 month long outdoor-based personal development programme which empowers extremely vulnerable young people aged 16-30 to develop the skills to make positive and lasting changes in their lives. This is achieved through participation in our Journey programme, comprising outdoor activities including residentials in remote bothies.

Fun and Friendship Youth Clubs

We will provide 3 evening youth clubs supporting young people aged 12-18 with a wide range of disabilities. The weekly clubs run for 2.5 hours every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at our centre in Canonmills and provide a chance for disabled young people to belong to a youth club.

3 E’s (Excursions, Enjoyment and Education)

3 E’s will provide disadvantaged young people with exciting opportunities within a range of educational excursions. These excursions will take place at the weekends, throughout the year. All sessions will be aimed towards increasing active participation whilst developing emotional wellbeing within a safe and respected environment.

Polish Youth Support

Support groups and individual consultations for Polish young people in local schools facing difficulties related to living abroad, as well as support services for parents.

Broomhouse Children & Youth Services

To establish a new open access youth work weekend provision in Broomhouse enabling at least 20 local young people aged 11 – 16 yrs to learn new skills such as street art, cooking and having new opportunities to access youth work.

Young Saheliya - “Drop the Mike”

The Young Black and Minority Ethnic Girls will produce a series of podcasts that will explore issues and topics regarding the experiences of young BME women. The podcasts will include interviews, reports and offer a platform for young people to share experiences.

Fabb Spartans

We want to bring disabled and non-disabled young people together in a new senior youth group based at Spartans Community Football Academy. Young people will be able to take part in an exciting programme of physical activity, leadership skills, mentor training and social activities in an inclusive and safe space.

When does voting open and close?

Voting opens on Friday 10 March and closes on Monday 27 March 2017.

How do you cast your vote?

You can vote:

  • Online: https://edinburgh.participare.io
  • At the 'Big Vote Party' on Friday 24 March, 1.30pm at the Festival Theatre
  • In selected community centres – ask your local centre for more information

When will results be announced?

Results will be announced in April and projects will begin from May 2017.

Young Scot Rewards

You can claim Young Scot Rewards points! Simply visit the Young Scot Rewards website and enter the code that will be displayed on the confirmation page once you have cast your vote.

More Information

If you would like to find out more, please contact the Edinburgh Participatory Budgeting team via email on CF.Commissioning@edinburgh.gov.uk.