Participatory Funding Event in Kilmarnock
The Richmond Fellowship Scotland hosted a successful Participatory Funding event on 18th September 2013 at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock. This event enabled the people we support to be involved in deciding what FUN activities or projects they wanted to bid for in their community and to prepare a presentation to promote their bid.
In total twelve bids were put forward from the four areas involved; North, South, East Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway. The bids included a Community Garden, Allotments, Day Trips to the theatre and Logan Gardens, a Fishing Trip, a Dog Walking Group, a Friendship Group, a Falconry Display/Tutorial, a season ticket to Kelburn Park, Tools, Karaoke, Broadband and a laptop. Getting into the spirit of this FUN event we had Thomas ‘The Hairy Fairy’, Ainsley the ‘Beautiful Bumble Bee’, Kenny starring as ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and Jacquie as his co-star ‘Christine’, all in fancy dress.
The event was attended by many, including people we support from the four areas involved, staff, family members and John Deans, Commissioning Officer for South Ayrshire.
While the voting process took place everyone enjoyed listening to and taking part in the Karaoke, with a few even treading the boards with a little dance when they weren’t enjoying their tea, scones and biscuits.
Alex Gilmour, Team Manager for the Connect Services, was our fabulous Master of Ceremonies for the day and entertained us with his humour. Cheque presentations, some of which are pictured, were made by our very own CEO, Austen Smyth and Executive Director, Frank White.
Everyone was a winner on the day with all bids receiving money to spend on their chosen projects.
Special thanks to all involved in the Steering Group who made this event a great success.