During the last year Community Places has been co-ordinating the PB Works Project. We have worked with a range of organisations to create an enabling and supportive environment for Participatory Budgeting (PB) practice across the region. Seven PB projects have benefited from tailored support to plan and implement a PB process. These included: Rathlin Island’s 'Grugach's Gold'; Newry, Mourne and Down's 'Communities Leading Change'; Fermanagh and Omagh's 'Community Cash'; and Parent Action's 'Getting our Voices Heard’. Additionally, Newington Housing Association, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Forward South Partnership have received support to help them initiate and plan for PB processes which will be happening over the coming months.
On Wednesday, 28 November 2018 over 65 people attended a ‘Sharing the Learning’ event. Central to the event was the opportunity to hear from our PB trailblazers who shared their learning and insightful reflections on their respective PB processes. Participants also heard from Dr Andrew Grounds from Queen's University who presented the findings of an Impact and Evaluation Report on the work of the PB Works Project. The final report will be available on the PB Works website soon. The entire day was captured through a live video produced by Chris Heath from 3FortyFiveFilms and is also available on the resources page of the website.