YOUdecide Decision Day Finalists announced!

Project 17 

Following a raft of applications, the YOUdecide finalists can now be revealed!

Thirteen bidders will be presenting at this year's Decision Day and as you can see, there are a wide variety of local projects helping to make Gosport a better, safer place to live: 

Gosport Street & School Pastors
Train 4 School & 4 Street Pastors; who will give pastoral support to  pupils of Brune Park School and give a sense of peace & safety to the night-time community.
Seeking funds to contribute to provision of a home help service which helps people to maintain their independance & increase safety for vulnerable residents.
Positive Familiy Development Initiative
Seeking to expand the service provided at GosConCen which hosts families in crisis & designed to change the way contact is maintained by parents following a relationship breakdown..
Refurbishment of Church Hall
Funds are sought for the redecoration and repair of St Thomas’ Church Hall, host to a variety of community groups.
Gosport Marine Scene Festival
Seeking funding to provide a free water sport event at Haslar Marina with free water sport taster sessions to encourage residents to enjoy the water safely.
Mobility Scooter Training
Funding will pay to train 3 volunteers in safe scooter use, who can then deliver 5 pilot courses (for up to 4 participants) throughout Gosport.
Fun Day
Pay for refreshments, inflatables and activities for a Fun Day to take place at St Nicolsons Gardens, Spring Garden Lane on 15th August 2015.
Rowner Youth Arts & Media Centre community facilitator
Funding is required to increase part-time hours of community worker to develop volunteer leaders & increase usage of Rowner Youth Arts & Media Centre.
Leesland Park Soundseat
Funding will pay for materials to enable Friends of Leesland Park to replace a dilapidated community seat in the orchard area of Leesland Park.
Young, Hungry & Homeless project
Funding requested to provide hot meal vouchers/travel costs for homeless young people & basic food provision for those in accommodation with no income.
Heart for the Homeless
Promote and support existing provision for those who are or at risk of being homeless. Funds sought to provide additional support & activities.
Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful
Funds will pay to deliver 3 ‘Face and Grace’ voluntary run courses, which aim to assist with teen life through improving self-esteem & assertiveness workshops.
Focus Youth
Funds are needed to continue the twice-weekly youth club sessions beyond November 2014 and will pay for workers, administration & training costs.



























The Decision Day will take place in the Council Chamber, Gosport Town Hall on Saturday 11th October 2014.  All Gosport residents are invited to come along and vote on which projects they think deserve to be funded.   Residents will need to arrive from 12pm to find out about the finalists' projects in the marketplace of displays in the Committee Rooms.  Voters will need to be seated by 12.45pm ready to listen to each of the projects' 3 minute pitch.  If you visit and type in the search box safer gosport, you will find a selection of videos from our previous Decision Days, which will give you an idea of what to expect. 

Important information:

  • You MUST be a resident living in Gosport to be eligible to vote and aged 10 years or over.
  • Younger children and non-Gosport residents are permitted to observe but not take part in the voting.
  • This event will be filmed and photographed so please make staff aware if you do not wish to photographed or filmed.
  • You must stay for the duration of the event and late-comers will not be permitted.
  • Light refreshments will be provided in the interval (biscuits, fruit, hot and cold drinks).
  • Parking is available in Walpole Park Car park but please note this is a pay and display car park.

Places are limited! To secure your place, you can email, text or telephone using the details below but you can only book for yourself or people living in your household:


Tel: 023 9254 5232

Text: 07985 234367

You will need to give the names of the people attending, your full address and a contact telephone number in case we need to contact you prior to the event.

What to do if you cannot attend the Decision Day

For the first time, if you cannot attend the event you may cast your vote for the projects using the voting form below.  Votes placed prior to the Decision Day using this form will only be worth half the value of those who vote at the event.  This is because importance is placed upon the presentations made by the bidders and the value of the participatory process that takes place during the Decision Day.  The following rules apply to the pre-event voting:    

  • You MUST be a resident living in Gosport and over 18 to be eligible to vote and you will need to give your name, address and contact number for the vote to be valid.
  • You can only vote once.
  • You must award every project a valid score or your vote will be void. 
  • If you participate in the pre-event voting, you cannot attend the Decision Day event.

The deadline for completed voting forms is 5pm on Wednesday 8th October 2014  and should be e-mailed to  Alternatively, you can print off the form and post it to: Gosport Town Hall, High Street, Gosport, PO12 4BQ.  Any forms submitted after this time will not count towards the voting score.

Table    YOUdecide 2014 voting form [WORD, 276k]

To give you an idea of some of the past successful projects, visit the Winning projects funded in 2012 & 2013 page - this has details of what types of projects won funding, along with videos from the YOUdecide Decision Days so you can get an idea of what the final is like.   Winning projects ranged from a few hundred pounds for a children's gardening club run by a volunteer to several thousand pounds for a football project delivered by a community group.  All the projects are so different but all of them share the passion and committment to help people and areas of Gosport, to help make it a safer better place to live in some way.

The monies available for this round of YOUdecide have been awarded to Gosport Community Safety Partnership by Hampshire County Council through their Have Your Say Grant.  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. You can find out more about the scheme on their webpage here.

YOUdecide Bridgemary vote

The scheme was started in 2010 following a Home Office initiative and you can find out about the history of YOUdecide here.  You can also watch the video below, which includes interviews with winning YOUdecide projects from 2010.

For further information about the scheme, please contact Sam Mitchell by e-mail: or telephone: 023 9254 5232 / 07985 234367