The Story so far

The Steering Group are planning for the 3rd year of funding to support community projects in Brechin as part of Participatory Budgeting in Angus. The total funding in each of the previous two years, £20,000 per year, has been used to support wide ranging and diverse projects. The funding has come from a range of budgets and budget-holders including Angus Council, NHS Tayside Angus and the Angus Health and Social Care Integration Partnership.  However, it is primarily aimed at improving the life chances and the health & wellbeing of people who live in the East of Brechin. It has been recognised that Brechin is a relatively small population and consequently the impact of any funding awarded to projects, will also have a positive impact on the lives of peoples who live within the wider Brechin community. Community groups making a bid for funding have been required to show how their project will impact on some of the following aspects:

Health & Wellbeing

  • promoting a healthy lifestyle that aims to reduce isolation and loneliness, encourages participation, aims to reduce anti-social behaviour, inequalities in health, housing and makes people feel better about themselves
  • encourages participation in sport and physical activity
  • empowers local people to make decisions about how they can contribute to their community and make it a better place to live and work
  • support groups to work together to share knowledge and skills

The following groups have been supported with funding:

Brechin Beavers used the funding to train volunteers to become coaches, and in turn train other club members. This has resulted in over 80 people being trained and encourage more people to make use of the Community Campus to become more confident swimmers.

Guthrie Park Table Tennis Club used the funding to purchase a table tennis table and started with two members. Through peer support, this number has grown to 8. The team regularly participate in league competitions and have won a number of trophies. This is the only team in Angus participating in table tennis at a competitive level.

The Tea Dance has given people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to enjoy, learn and engage in all types of dance.  Dancing increases the health and well-being of participants, especially older people, tackling isolation and loneliness and making people feel better about themselves.

The very successful Brechin Sports Hub are working in partnership with local sports clubs and the Active Schools Team to encourage primary aged children to participate in range of sports as part of the school holiday programme. These activities were designed be inclusive as the funding allocated allowed them to be provided at no charge. The local sports clubs provided the coaching free of charge and hope this will encourage them to recruit and retain new members.

Year 3 where are we going?

YBYC will continue to support projects in Brechin with £20,000 being made available. This year, groups can bid for up to £3,000. The Steering Group seek to encourage the community to suggest new ideas for how to improve the lives of people in Brechin which could be taken forward as firm proposals for projects that could receive YBYC funding. Details of this are outlined below.


Applications will open from Monday 4 September 2017. Further details can be found on the Facebook page Facebook: Brechin-YBYC-20k.  Closing date for applications is Monday 2nd October 2017.

What we want is that everyone has the chance to give us their ideas and other people get a chance to comment on those ideas and 'like' them.

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