Which of these Amersham projects should get the most money – you decide!
Four fantastic Amersham projects have reached the final of ‘Amersham Decides’ – a competition where local people vote on how much Buckinghamshire County Council funding the schemes will each get.
A £9,000 pot of county council funding will be shared between the four finalists, with the one coming out top getting £4,000. Second, third and fourth place will get £2,500, £1,500 and £1000 respectively.
How the money is divvied up is down to local people – who can now vote for their favourite scheme!
The four Amersham projects in the running are:
Amersham Mobile Museum
With this funding, the Amersham Museum Bus will create a mobile exhibition, showcasing mixed-media work around Amersham in the 20th Century. The bus will reach vulnerable and isolated people both at home and at community events, giving them a way to enjoy the exhibition too.
Old Amersham Memorial Gardens
Your vote could help the local community, including schools, volunteers and youth groups to join forces to develop an area of the Old Amersham Memorial Gardens into a sensory garden. With this funding, the project will be able to create an attractive sensory garden where visitors will feel welcome and comforted.
This fantastic scheme has been trialled in other parts of the county and now the team wants your vote to set up these courses in Amersham! The project sees local tech-savvy young people pair up with their older peers to teach them how to stay safe online and how to avoid falling victim to online scams.
Citizens Advice Service
This is a home-visiting service from Amersham Citizens Advice. Your vote means the advice service can reach particularly isolated and vulnerable users and give them valuable advice on anything from money matters to community activities, reducing isolation and improving well-being.
Amersham Decides is being run by the Amersham Local Area Forum. Local Area Forums are set up by Buckinghamshire County Council to allow local people to directly have a say on how county council services are delivered and how money should be spent in their area.
Gareth Williams is Chair of the Amersham Local Area Forum. He said:
“This is such an exciting project for Amersham and I’m delighted that these four very worthy schemes will all get a share of the cash. What’s really great about Amersham Decides is that it’s local people themselves who will decide how this money is spent.
“All four of these projects will make a valuable contribution to our local community – but make sure you have your say on which should get the most money. You’ve got until Friday 27 July to cast your vote”.
- Voting is open to residents in the Amersham local area only
- One vote per resident
- You can vote directly at ballot boxes in various locations in Amersham or online at amershamdecides.co.uk – the website has a full list of ballot box locations