Alastair Majury on Stirling Your Place Your Priorities

Let’s Make It Better was one of the successful Your Place, Your Priorities projects

Stirling Council, as part of their locality planning processes, has been successful in securing £65,000 to distribute to community groups, from the Scottish Government’s community choices fund. They have matched the grant, creating a fund of £130,000 for community groups, to enable them to deliver activities throughout Stirlingshire, split evenly between the rural and urban areas.

The Your Place, Your Priorities initiative allows the local community to decide which projects are needed and should be funded in their area. The council received 49 project applications for the rural fund, and 52 for the urban fund. The pilot Your Place, Your Priorities scheme held at Callander Primary School and Stirling High School provided an excellent opportunity for groups and residents to network with each other.

The spread of applications has been fantastic and the council has reached groups in the communities who would not normally have applied for funding. In the case of the urban Your Place, Your Priorities this attracted a range of projects from helping Men’s mental health, boosting youth engagement in sports such as bowling and golf, to Citizen Advice Bureau and Start-Up Stirling projects.

Conservative Councillor Alastair Majury said:

“It was great to be able to support and participate in this pilot event and listen to many interesting projects from across the urban area.”

Conservative Councillor Douglas Dodds added:

“It was good event on the day, and the winners are well deserved, however there are lessons to be learned to make future events more successful.”

Successful Urban projects included:

  1. Start-Up Stirling (£2,400)
  2. Jonesy’s Boxing Club — Gym Expansion and Refurbishment (£10k)
  3. PLUS (Forth Valley) — After School Support for Children with Disabilities (£9,780)
  4. Cambusbarron Parent Council — Cambusbarron Community Fitness Trail (£9,603)
  5. Paths for All — Dementia Friendly King’s Park, Stirling (£6,000)
  6. Cornton Youth Space Redevelopment — Cornton Youth Space Redevelopment (£3,050)
  7. Let’s Make it Better — Let’s Make it Better for Men (£600)
  8. Stirling CAB — CAB Outreach (£10k)
  9. Plean BMX & Road Safety — Plean BMX & Road Safety (£1,300)
  10. Salvation Army — Stirlingshire Debt Advice (£10k)

Relating to some of the successful projects:

Jonesy’s Boxing Club was set up just three years ago by James Casey to keep youngsters in Plean off the streets by giving them an outlet through sport.

James and his team renovated an old pigeon club into their boxing gym, in 2014, and are now looking to expand with membership continually growing.

In 2017 Jonesy’s boxers have taken home seven medals from the Tri-Nations Championships, landed three gold medals at the Box Cup in Dublin and had two members, John Casey and Ryan Reekie, both 17, represent Team Scotland at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas.

Sunlite Café is part of Let’s Make It Better, a user-led mental health charity formed in 1994. The charity aims to support people with severe and enduring mental health issues within the local community, by providing a safe, flexible working environment and a venue for social contact.

· Suicide rate is three times higher for men than women.

· Although equal numbers of men and women are hospitalised due to mental illness, men are more likely to be admitted with schizophrenia and conditions related to substance abuse.

· About 1 in 8 of Scots (12%) take use an antidepressant every day.

· In 2010, the Scottish suicide rate was much higher than in England and Wales.

Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair is also a volunteer officer at the local Boys’ Brigade company, a charity which focuses on enriching the lives of children and young people, and building a stronger community. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.

I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.