Old Folks’ Charity Misses Out After Vote

By Jane Cruickshank / January 11, 2024

A CHARITY supporting Stonehaven and the Mearns’ elderly residents have missed out on almost £50,000 funding – by a narrow margin in a public vote.

Mearns and Coastal Healthy Living Network, MCHLN, appealed to locals for support after reaching the third round of of the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund with their application for £48,779.

The £325,878 available in the fund, is distributed according to a public vote, so a show of support was much needed.

MCHLN were 20 votes short of gaining an award.

Local groups who did benefit

Kincardine & Deeside Befriending were successful in their bid for £18,950, while Pillar Kincardine, who applied for £25,172.50 was also one of the groups receiving the money they hoped for. And of course many of the other successful charities assist residents from across the North-east.

Here’s how the vote went

The Fund in question is administered by Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action, who issued the following information today:

Following allocation of funds to levels 1 and 2 applications, £325,878.05 has been available for applicants who submitted Level 3 applications during the current round. The following is a breakdown of the voting results in a participatory budgeting opportunity that ran from 1st December to 15th December 2023.

Eighteen eligible applications entered the voting process, which was open to people who live, work or access services in Aberdeenshire. To be classed as an eligible vote, the submission had to include a postcode from Aberdeenshire, which we have then checked against a number of different sources and mapped so that each organisation could see where they had secured votes from.

Some 4,023 eligible voters took part and 20,115 eligible votes were received (each voter was required to vote for 5 separate projects).

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