Cupar locals to have their say on how to spend £15,000 - "Driving a thriving Cupar"

Archived news: published on Monday 18 Jun 2018 by Fife Council

FIFE Council is calling on people in Cupar to get involved in deciding how to spend £15,000 and improve the quality of life for local people.

The council is asking people to come up with ideas for projects with a focus on preventing poverty, social isolation and improving mental health. The aim is to help the Cupar area become a thriving place and support people to live long, happy and fulfilling lives – one of the key aims of the Plan for Fife.

£15,000 has been made available and the community will vote for their favourite ideas following consultation over the summer months.

A workshop event in the County Buildings on 25th June will provide more information and the council is keen to get as many local people and community groups involved as possible.

Fife Council’s Community Manager for NE Fife Janice Laird explained: “Social Isolation and hidden poverty were highlighted as issues at the recent rural poverty conference held in North East Fife. 

“This initiative aims to involve people in finding local solutions and deciding how public funding is spent in their area. People will make choices on which projects should receive funding by taking part in a voting process. There will be a special event held to hear about the projects and we want as many local people as possible to get involved in coming up with ideas and voting for their favourite.”

“This approach is known as ‘participatory budgeting’ and was a recommendation from the Fairer Fife Commission as a way of creating a Fairer Fife, getting people involved and giving them a direct say in where public money can make a difference to their communities.”

The “Driving a thriving Cupar” theme was chosen in a bid to help tackle poverty, social isolation in the area and reduce inequalities. The council is hoping to see lots of ideas coming forward.

Added Janice: “We’re looking for projects that have an emphasis on bringing people together and help those that might be lonely in their community. Loneliness and social isolation can have a negative impact on people’s mental health so we want to support ideas that can improve that aspect of life.

“It would be great to see as many people as possible coming along to the event on June 25, getting together, and coming up with ideas to improve our community. This is an exciting way for people to have a real say in Cupar’s future.

 

The workshop information event is on Monday, 25th June  in the County Buildings in Cupar between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.

Janice Laird, Community Manager (North East Fife) 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 47 17 88 Contact Janice Laird online
By Post: County Buildings St Catherine Street Cupar Fife KY15 4TA
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