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Projects worth £15,000 will now get underway in Sutton Bridge after they were granted funding at the final MutualGain Budgeting Event.
Organisations will put the cash towards buying new apparatus for a local park to benefit children, a community group to put on drama performances and an upgrade to CCTV at a community centre.
At the end of 2021, World Cafes were held in four areas of Lincolnshire.
These were listening events where the community shared their experiences and insights into issues relating to community safety.
Events were held at Sutton Bridge, Sleaford, Skegness and South West Ward, Gainsborough and local groups were encouraged to dream up projects they believed would benefit their area.
These applications would then be considered and voted on by the community at budgeting events after money was raised by the force, our partners and local people and organisations.
The final of these four events took place on Saturday, April 23, at The Curlew Centre, between 11am and 1pm, and proved a hit with locals.
Dozens of people turned up and voted on the day, which took organisers months to arrange.
The MC for the event was Ann Goslyn who is the ASB co-ordinator for the area for the force. Katy Gale from Lincs CVS and Lisa Gibson from MIND were also a big help.
A breakdown of who got what can be seen below – see the attached document to find out what the money will spent on in detail.
Sutton Bridge Players
The process of distributing this money has already begun and the intention is to get the cash into the hands of the successful applicants as soon as possible.
A number of people from the council and Lincolnshire Centre for Voluntary Services have offered to help the projects that applied to help get them started.
Each applicant will update the community on their progress over the next year, with the money needing to be spent within the next 12 months.
Inspector Nick Waters of the South Holland Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “It’s good to see 18 months of hard work come to fruition.
“The time and effort put into the applications and presentations at the participatory budgeting event was outstanding.
“Everybody looks forward to seeing how the projects develop over the next 12 months and the benefits they bring to the Sutton Bridge community.”
South Holland District Councillor Christopher Brewis said: “I thought it was absolutely first class – to get people to do their presentations on the day was great and special.
“It was a very, very positive day.
“I was so pleased to see so many young people and it shows that different people coming from different groups can work together.
“It was very positive and has built some bridges and knocked down some barriers.”
Dr Andrew Fisher. Senior Associate MutualGain said: "The Sutton Bridge PB voting event brings the programme in Sleaford, Gainsborough, Skegness and Sutton Bridge to a close."The aim of the programme was to build connections and networks across all four areas."We have seen that happen with well over 500 people attending the World Cafes and Participatory Budgeting events across all four areas.
"The police, council, voluntary sector and communities is each area have played a key part in the success.
"As one person put it "it was fun, and I will have memories for the rest of my life."
You can read more about our Mutual Gain Project here.
The Curlew Centre
Feedback from those who attended
Sutton Bridge PB Voting Event.pdf
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