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Police, councillors and communities use PB to work together in Exeter

Exeter Decides is running it's third PB event in October to enable residents to decide which community and voluntary group projects should be funded.

Police, councillors and communities use PB to work together in Exeter

Night Strike group who were funded in July 2010 through PB in Exeter

More groups and organisations are being given the opportunity to bid for grants.  And the people of Exeter will be the ones who get to decide just who gets the cash.

October's meeting will be the third round of Exeter Decides and already 21 community and voluntary groups have benefitted from the scheme. Exeter Decides is part of the My Neighbourhood PACT scheme (a partnership between citizens, police and the council) and aims to benefit people and communities in the city.

Groups are asked to submit bids for grants and those shortlisted have to persuade an audience to vote in their favour.  All the bids submitted have to fit within the priorities and needs already identified by local people for their area.

In the latest event, a rock music school and more football for girls were among the community ideas
to win cash. Improvements to community centres, drama and singing groups, a pantomime and Gay pride were also successful.

Hannah Jones representing Night Strike, a city group out to encourage young women's football, said:

"As a participant it was such a lovely thing to be a part of.  t was great to meet other people and learn what they are doing, and also to have a chance to tell people a bit about what I am doing.  I think that sometimes with community-based activities you can feel like you work in isolation, so to have the chance to tell people about your project was brilliant."

Cllr Laura Newton, Lead Councillor for Housing and Community Involvement,said:

"It is amazing to see how much commitment and creativity people dedicate to benefit their community. We want to give them the chance to decide for themselves which ideas deserve public support and to help bring people together."

Full details of the scheme and application forms can be found at www.exeter.gov.uk/communitygrants or contact 01392 265531

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