Youth YOUdecide 2017
Momentum Youth, LGBT+ youth group and Panjazz International – Gosport were the winners from the first Youth YOUdecide Decision Day held on Thursday 11th May 2017. They all received a share of £5,000 of Gosport Community Safety Partnership funds to help to support young people and address issues of community safety within Gosport.
Students from Brune Park Community School, Bridgemary School, Bay House School & Sixth Form, St Vincent College and Motiv8 took part in the day, listening to pitches from the six finalists about how they would spend the money.
Each of the finalists had three minutes to explain what their project was and why they needed funding, followed by questions from the audience. The finalists and the amount they were bidding for were:
- Momentum Youth Club – £2000
- Forton Footie project – £300
- GYC Grow Your Community – £478
- LGBT+ Youth Group – £2217.28
- Motiv8 Bike Educ8 – £2500
- Panjazz International Gosport – £1000
Young people quizzed the project finalists about their bids before finding out more information about the services, costings and wider benefits of the projects in the market place displays.
The second part of the event saw the students engaging in discussions with their peers, sharing their thoughts about the finalists and debating the merits of each before casting their final scores for each of the projects. There were some very indepth discussions and deliberations, replicating similar discussions that could happen when local authorities or other funding bodies make decisions when awarding funding.
Following a tense wait and some interesting guest speakers from Moving on Project, Hampshire Youth Commission and Gosport Marine Scene, the winners were announced with the highest scoring projects being awarded funding until the £5000 funds were depleted (Panjazz International Gosport receiving part funding of £782.72). The Mayor of Gosport awarded the cheques to the successful finalists and the remaining projects will be supported in identifying alternatives sources of funding.
An evaluation is currently being carried out and the results of this will be available later this year. For more information, please contact Sam Mitchell: email@example.com or call: 023 9254 5232
You can find out about some of the successful projects by visiting the YOUdecide history page – this contains details of past projects who have successfully won funding, along with videos from the YOUdecide Decision Days so you can watch some of the presentations and get an idea of what a Decision Day involves. 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. Please bear in mind that this year’s applications have to be aimed at helping young people, rather than just the general population as in previous years but what the previous winners all demonstrate is a passion and committment to help people and areas of Gosport, to help make it a safer better place to live in some way.
Through YOUdecide, local residents will have awarded £110,000 worth of public funds to projects that mean the most to them and their local communities, with £84,000 of this being provided by Hampshire County Council.
Decision Day winners 2015
The YOUdecide Decision Day took place on Saturday 17th October 2015 at Thorngate Halls. Just under two hundred people attended the event, taking time to find out about the fourteen finalists in the Market place. There was an air of excitement and nerves before the presentations began at 1pm but despite the nervousness the finalists put on a fantastic show highlighting the brilliant work going on in Gosport every day! The audience were treated to singing from Motiv8, a soccercise class from Gosport FC and moving stories from the many volunteer organisations. Sadly, £10,000 wasn’t enough to fund all of the finalists and the winning projects as voted for by Gosport residents were:
- Motiv8 Communities in the Mood – £3,500
- Moving on Project Counselling – £1,734
- Gosport FC Referees Course & Soccercise – £2,900
- Breakthrough Youth Club – £500
- Tammy’s One Stop Shop – £1,219
The YOUdecide 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 023 9254 5232 / 07985 234367