Opinions mean prizes!

A PAIR of Carrick residents who have interest in their community were rewarded for taking part in a community engagement project.

Terri Bell and Charlene Bennie won themselves a new Ipod for completing a survey distributed by Carrick Community Councils’ Forum. The survey was designed to allow local resident to get their views on what they think will improve the area they live.

The Forum’s New Media officer, Ashley Murphy, presented the pair with their winning prize last week. She said: “I am pleased to see so many young people participating in the recent community engagement survey.

“They are taking the opportunity to voice their opinion and that is what the Carrick Community Councils’ Forum wants and needs.”

Terri added: “I’m so happy, I never win anything. I was also pleased to be asked my opinion about what is happening locally.”

Over 600 youths from all over Carrick completed the survey, including Charlene. The survey received over 1750 responses and the information collected will be given to the South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership and help share where more resources are needed to action local suggestions and outputs.

Ashley added: “It is important that the residents of Carrick know that they are valued in their community and that their opinions matters to us.”

The Forum has over 700 Facebook followers and is keen to make sure that all the people who participated in the survey get feedback and will use new media channels such as Facebook and Twitter and also in schools to do that.