Funding boost for West Wirral community projects

Wirral Globe: Funding boost for West Wirral community projects Funding boost for West Wirral community projects

WIRRAL West Constituency Committee is inviting local organisations to bid for funding for local projects that will positively impact on life in the area.

A total of £50,000 has been made available as a grant programme through the Wirral West Constituency Team.

Organisers are inviting bids for projects that improve quality of life in West Wirral, and positively impact on local people and places. Up to £10,000 is available per ward, with a limit of £1,000 per project.

Funding has also been made available by Public Health for projects that improve health outcomes in the constituency.

Organisations are being asked to submit project ideas which address a number of specific priorities, including child poverty and social isolation.

Welcoming the scheme, Cllr Jeff Green, chairman of the committee, said: "People in Wirral West are among the most active in terms of their involvement in voluntary and community work, and I know that we will be receiving really good ideas about how this grant funding can be put to best use in the area.

"I am keen to increase local people’s involvement in decision making in Wirral West.

"The community will have a real say in how these grants are allocated through budgeting events in their areas."

Wirral West is one of four Constituency Committees, each representing one of Wirral's four constituencies.

Each operates autonomously, setting its own priorities, and making decisions Constituency Teams, who support the Constituency Committees, have already been making a difference in the communities they serve, working with agencies such as police, health, community and voluntary groups to tackle problems together.

Wirral West's Grant Programme is being launched on December 20, and people have until January 31 to apply. If approved, the money would cover projects from April 2014 to December 2014.

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3:48pm Tue 17 Dec 13

woodyres2 says...

I read with interest last Friday 13th December about the 5 million pound funding set aside and the 25 million pound funding secured for Private Sector Development in Wirral.

In comparison £50,000 to share for community groups across the West Wirral Constituency ( £10,000.00 per ward despite some having greater needs ) is very disappointing, and reinforces how little the Council value the hardworking volunteers of the Wirral.

As for the constituents having their say about the funding, at last weeks meeting in Upton it was plain to see who would be making the decisions - the Councillors around the table and not the public. Even the elected Community representatives do not have a vote !!

Early days for this new way of working we are told. A big change of attitude from some Councillors will be needed before that can ever happen.
I read with interest last Friday 13th December about the 5 million pound funding set aside and the 25 million pound funding secured for Private Sector Development in Wirral. In comparison £50,000 to share for community groups across the West Wirral Constituency ( £10,000.00 per ward despite some having greater needs ) is very disappointing, and reinforces how little the Council value the hardworking volunteers of the Wirral. As for the constituents having their say about the funding, at last weeks meeting in Upton it was plain to see who would be making the decisions - the Councillors around the table and not the public. Even the elected Community representatives do not have a vote !! Early days for this new way of working we are told. A big change of attitude from some Councillors will be needed before that can ever happen. woodyres2

9:17pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Joeblogg85 says...

Hey Woodyres,

All new funding streams have their issues. Interesting to see your views so early on in the process. My understanding was that it is decided on a voting system and then approved by the Councillors. I suppose you are saying that this latter element of the process is open for some interference! My experience tells me that you may have a point as Councillors do like to ensure their pet projects get supported. In the true spirit of localism and consultation, then this decision should be left well alone. It is upto the communities to ensure the process is kept as pure as possible and hold Councillors and Council Officers to account if this is not the case. Best of luck with it.

Joe
Hey Woodyres, All new funding streams have their issues. Interesting to see your views so early on in the process. My understanding was that it is decided on a voting system and then approved by the Councillors. I suppose you are saying that this latter element of the process is open for some interference! My experience tells me that you may have a point as Councillors do like to ensure their pet projects get supported. In the true spirit of localism and consultation, then this decision should be left well alone. It is upto the communities to ensure the process is kept as pure as possible and hold Councillors and Council Officers to account if this is not the case. Best of luck with it. Joe Joeblogg85

2:17pm Wed 18 Dec 13

woodyres2 says...

Thanks Joe, I appreciate your comments.

The fact that Woodchurch is in the same West Wirral constituency as the more affluent areas Meols / Hoylake / West KIrby / Greasby / Frankby / Irby / Thingwall / Thurstaston is going to be very interesting and we will have to fight hard to get what we can for what is after all an area of great need and poverty. Which incidentally, was well proved by an NHS presentation last Thursday night & then promptly ignored by all Councillors (except 1) during discussions about how the money was to be divided.

As far as voting for projects goes, the same thing is happening with the Love Wirral funding, and we worry that the more popular projects will receive more votes rather than projects which have a greater need.

You can rest assured, we will be holding our Councillors to account as you say.
Thanks Joe, I appreciate your comments. The fact that Woodchurch is in the same West Wirral constituency as the more affluent areas Meols / Hoylake / West KIrby / Greasby / Frankby / Irby / Thingwall / Thurstaston is going to be very interesting and we will have to fight hard to get what we can for what is after all an area of great need and poverty. Which incidentally, was well proved by an NHS presentation last Thursday night & then promptly ignored by all Councillors (except 1) during discussions about how the money was to be divided. As far as voting for projects goes, the same thing is happening with the Love Wirral funding, and we worry that the more popular projects will receive more votes rather than projects which have a greater need. You can rest assured, we will be holding our Councillors to account as you say. woodyres2

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