Communities Leading Change – Mournes DEA

PB theme or issue

The PB process was a way to extend democracy and increase civic engagement by giving people in the district a say on allocating funding to address issues that mattered most to them. Priority areas were identified through the Community Plan – ideas to positively impact on Rural Isolation, Mental Health and Emotional Well-being and Improving the area.

PB eligibility criteria

Safe, Legal and Feasible within timescale and budget

Age to vote

No lower or upper age limit - just able to attend and read/write

Number of votes

3 votes - 1 vote per idea

Example of winning ideas

Six out of the nine projects who pitched their ideas were successful:

  • The Ladies of Mourne: Cultural Trip to Stormont
  • MYMY: Updating their multipurpose and crisis room
  • Advocacy VSV: Finishing their website and promotional leaflets
  • Atticall: Youth Participation Project
  • ARK Community Gardens: Winter Market
  • Newry Street Unite: Big Community Quiz

Top three tips from the organisers

  1. Design your process to be exciting, creative and fun!
  2. Try out different types of PB approaches e.g. thematic or area based to see what works best for you and learn from the process
  3. Develop a strong partnership approach in planning and delivering the PB process to enable greater reach and impact

Further information and evaluations

Project images

Project details

Name of PB Project:

Communities Leading Change - Mournes DEA




Mournes DEA

Local Council Area:

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council


Newry Mourne and Down District Council Community Planning Partnership

Amount awarded through the PB Project:

£3,000 with individual pots of up to £500