Winners of YOUdecide Decision Day 2013


Decision day winners announced

This year's YOUdecide final was held on Saturday 19th October 2013 at Thorngate Halls, with twelve finalists bidding for a share of £12,000.  Around 150 people took part and they were joined by the Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes, The Worshipful The Mayor of Gosport Councillor Beavis and the Mayoress, Councillor Carter and Councillor Joy.

The market place of project displays was a success, being a hive of activity before the start of the event and after the presentations as voters decided how many points to award each project.  The votes were incredibly close, with only two points separating some projects!  Out of the twelve finalists, seven projects received funding (Street Pastors received part funding from their original bid of £2,200):

Vote place

Autism Isolation No More
A voluntary run group that provides support to vulnerable families who suffer isolation due to their child’s disability (primarily autism) & also raises awareness of the condition.
Funding will pay for venue hire, promotion & administration costs for 1 year.
Gosport Boxing Club
The club would like to offer free boxing sessions to children aged 5-8 and 9-15 year olds, to allow all children to take part in a positive and healthy activity.
Funding will pay for safety equipment and uniforms.
Music Fusion
To deliver a six week course in music production for 15-20 young people aged 13-19 years, to enable them to make their own music and train other young people.
Funding will pay for tutor costs, administration and hire of recording studio.



Fortonfest 2014
A free community event organised by Beryton Resident Association, to bring together families from across Gosport to promote a sense of pride and togetherness.
The funds will pay for essential event costs such as Portaloos, insurance & First Aid.



Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful
Provision of 3 sets of ‘Face and Grace’ voluntary run courses, which aim to assist with teen life through assertiveness workshops & improving self-esteem.
Money will pay for course materials, venue hire & administration.
Light up Leesland
Motiv8 workers will provide 8 sessions working with young people around ‘looking after’ Leesland Park & skate ramp and to improve the look of the park through litterpicks & graffiti art.
Money will pay for youth workers, graffiti artist, administration & equipment.
Street Pastors Gosport
Providing a voluntary presence every Saturday night & one Friday night per month to support to vulnerable people, giving a sense of peace & safety to the night-time community.
 Funding will pay to train 10 more volunteers.

The remaining five project finalists will be assisted in identifying alternative sources of funding.  These were; Youth Choices, Nurture in Nature for All, Pre-school ICT Improvement, GoWaterSport Festival and Seafield Community House.  

Some videos from the day are available on the following links: Bidders videos Pre/post event video

An article about the event featured in Portsmouth news and you can read the ecstatic feedback from two of the winners here.

The monies available for this round of YOUdecide were 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.


For details of winners from YOUdecide 2012, and the types of projects that applied, please visit this page.

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