Have your say in community spending……..

Have your say in community spending……..

Oban, Lorn and the Inner isles Health and Wellbeing Network is inviting local community groups to get involved in a project that could benefit them by £2,000.

The network has already given out  £17,000 of NHS  funding through its usual grant programme this year.  Now a pilot project is to be set up that will allow communities to vote for the projects that they would like to receive funding.

Chair of the network, Eleanor Mackinnon, said: “This is about exploring how we can involve communities better – letting them make the final decision about where funding goes within their local community.

Although we can only fund a few projects, we want to create a fun atmosphere on the day.  Rather than groups competing with each other, it’s an opportunity for them to get together and share the hard work that they’re doing and make links with other groups who are working in the health and wellbeing field”.

The community vote day will be held in Oban on 4th February and any eligible projects that aren’t successful in public vote will automatically be taken forward  to first round of funds in the Spring. Subject to the network receiving continued funding.

Although projects will have to meet the aims of the Health and wellbeing Fund, which has a particular focus  this year on increasing physical activity, and enrich the lives of people with long term health conditions  we are very aware of all the great ideas out there that have not yet come forward through the normal route of application.   This is an ideal opportunity to access funds to bring your idea to fruition.

To find out more visit our network page or email olihwn@gmail.com