PEOPLE power will today decide how to spend £1m to boost a community in South Tyneside.
A drop-in event was being staged today as part of the Big Local scheme to improve central Jarrow.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, the scheme will see the community itself deciding how the money can be best spent.
The event at Grange Road Baptist Church, between 1pm and 3pm, will see groups and individuals putting forward their ideas on how to boost local facilities and the fabric of central Jarrow.
Young people and health issues have already been chosen as priorities for the first two years of the scheme, when £240,000 is set to be spent of the £1m allocated to central Jarrow.
Big Local representative Linda Clark said: “The plan of action will be submitted at the end of January and if it is successful, the first part of the funding will be released in April.
“The community grant will have the first round of assessments by the end of February. At present, the total amount is £15,000 over two rounds. The maximum grant to be awarded within the Big Local will be £500.”
The key element of today’s drop-in event will be to draft a plan for spending the £1m Big Local budget.
Money has already been secured to employ a Big Local worker to make changes happen in central Jarrow.
Ms Clark added: “The partnership board have agreed expenditure for years one and two and this will be £240,000, if agreed by the local trust.
“How monies will be spent has been determined by a range of engagement events and task groups with local organisations.
“So far, years one and two will have monies directed to supporting young people and health issues.”
People are welcome to attend today’s Big Local drop-in event at Grange Road Baptist Church, just a few minutes’ walk from Jarrow Metro and bus stations.