Residents award cash to groups

Funding was awarded to Scarborough charities and community groups at the Your Choice, Your Vote event at The Street.
Funding was awarded to Scarborough charities and community groups at the Your Choice, Your Vote event at The Street.

More than a dozen Scarborough charities and community groups have been awarded cash after residents voted for their favourite causes.

Yorkshire Coast Homes (YCH) tenants awarded £10,000 to 13 organisations at an event held at The Street, in Lower Clark Street, last Thursday.

A total of 34 groups bid for a slice of the funding offered as part of the Your Choice, Your Vote scheme, which allowed the tenants to vote on which projects received money.

The groups applied for funds of up to £1,000 under three categories - Transforming Your Community, Young People’s Initiatives and Active Communities.

They were then invited to do a three-minute presentation at The Street, which allowed tenants to pick their preferred project.

Laura Young, YCH’s community involvement officer for Scarborough, said: “This event allowed our residents to identify what the priorities are for their local area and how they would like YCH to invest in the community.

“It also allowed them to meet with the groups and discuss with them first hand how their work or project benefits the community - it may even have encouraged people to get involved and support them in the good work they do in this area.”

Sarah Bird, assistant director of communities at YCH, said the approach had put residents at the heart of decision making. “Local residents are better equipped than anyone to identify their own priorities, find solutions to the problems affecting them and to make their own decisions about how money should be spent,” she said

The £10,000 was divided up amongst 13 groups, which included Hairy Bob’s Skate Park, Scarborough Blind and Partially Sighted Society, Scarborough Sea Cadets and Future Works.

Among the other beneficiaries, were fledgling charity First Light Trust, which was looking for funding for a variety of projects that will support ex-service men, and Carers Resource, which will put its funds towards supporting a young carers project.

Event organiser Claire Simpson said “This was the first event of its kind that YCH has held in this area and we were impressed with the number and variety of applications. We are extremely pleased to be able to fund the 13 projects, as chosen by YCH residents, and believe they will be of great benefit to the local community.”

YCH is hosting similar events for the Whitby and Filey areas, with £30,000 up for grabs across the borough.