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What is Voice Your Choice?

Voice Your Choice is a participatory budgeting programme promoting positive steps towards employment. 

Jointly funded by Scottish Government's Community Choices fund and the City of Edinburgh Council, £40,000 was available for not-for-profit organisations to apply for in August, with a maximum award of £2000 each. 

To allocate the funding, five voting events took place in Craigmillar, Gilmerton, Granton, Leith and Sighthill in September.  Over 400 service users and community members attended and voted at the events for the 28 project applications that were received.

Filter by locality for details of the successfully funded projects.


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  • Pilton Youth and Children’s Project: Dare to Succeed

    This project offers young people the opportunity to take part in a motivational, practical and interactive youth leadership programme, developing leadership abilities and improving chances of gaining and sustaining employment. This is a unique opportunity for young people to meet leaders of social enterprise and gain insight into how to build a successful career. Estimated number of participants: 10. Cost per head: £200. Fully funded.

  • L.I.F.T: My Time, My Mind

    The My Time, My Mind project is aimed at young people who have heard the myth "better off on benefits". This project will offer group sessions around employability and benefits devised for 18-25-year olds to empower them with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions around benefits vs employment debates and support them to plan their way forward to employment. Estimated number of participants: 8. Cost per head: £234.00. Fully funded.

  • One Parent Families Scotland: Preparing for the Future Course

    Preparing for the Future is a course for single parents in North West Edinburgh to learn together and support each other in gaining the confidence to get the right job or return to education. The programme is built around the specific challenges that single parents face and provides access to a free creche facility, transportation and lunch. Estimated number of participants: 12. Cost per head: £164.83. Fully funded.

  • Rural and Urban Training Scheme (RUTS): Urban Box – Mini Academy

    Taught by professional coaches, Urban Box Mini Academy is a non-contact boxing activity aimed at young people aged 16-18, giving them the opportunity to develop core skills such as stance, guard, and basic movement through our unique mobile boxing ring. As participants progress, they will be encouraged to share their knowledge with the group and their peers. Estimated number of participants: 8. Cost per head: £250.00. Fully funded.

  • Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre: I am, I can

    This project will deliver a series of three interactive workshops which will empower Muslim and Minority Ethnic women with the skills, confidence and self-belief to market themselves and their untapped potential to local employers. Estimated number of participants: 8. Cost per head: £42.00. Fully funded.

  • SmartWorks: SmartNetwork

    Smart Network is a group for women interested in broadening their professional network and expertise. Welcoming and informal networking events will be held across Edinburgh and women working in the care, retail and hospitality sectors looking for support and advice on developing their careers will be invited. Estimated number of participants: 50. Cost per head: £40.00. Fully funded.