Gorebridge decisions for 'Food, Glorious Food'

Gorebridge residents have voted

Local people in Gorebridge have voted in favour of funding ten projects, all aimed at promoting healthy eating.

Around 180 residents came along to a special ‘participatory budgeting’ decision making event on 25 March in Gorebridge Church Hall.

Funding available

A total of £16,000 was available to improve health through promoting healthy eating, supporting community growing schemes and other food related activities.  Eleven Gorebridge based groups had submitted funding bids for sums of up to £3000.

Projects that received funding

Of the eleven initiatives, local people voted in favour of giving nine of them the total amount of money requested, with one project to be partially funded.

Among the projects that got the green light were:

  • Arniston Rangers Youth Football Club:  Fresh water dispensers will be installed at their new facility.
  •  Gorebridge Gala Committee:  Healthy eating buffets will be provided at their gala week events.
  • Growth Matters: Resources will be purchased to establish a community garden.
  • Gorebridge After School Club:  Healthy food options and cooking classes will be provided for local children.

'Food, Glorious Food'

Launched in January 2017, the ‘Food Glorious Food’ participatory budgeting project is funded by Midlothian Council and NHS Lothian.

Participatory Budgeting is a process that enables residents to have decision-making powers over the allocation of resources in their community and can help improve the quality and impact of projects that are funded.

Further information

For further information about these projects, email PBGrants@midlothian.gov.uk or go to our 'Food, Glorious Food' page.

4 Apr 2017