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Your Say, Your Way voting
This is where you can find out about, and vote for, the projects that people have applied for in the ward where you live.

Part of the Your Say, Your Way scheme is to encourage face-to-face participation and networking at events.

With this in mind, we'd love to see you at your local YSYW Decision Day (dates can be found below) where you can:

  • find out more about the projects in your ward
  • meet the people who have proposed the projects
  • vote for the projects you would like to receive YSYW funding

However, we know that being there in person isn't always possible, so this year we are piloting online voting in the Barnfield and High Town wards.

In these wards, online votes will count as 50% of a face-to-face vote at the Decision Day and will be combined with the votes cast on the actual Decision Day to form an overall total.
The projects that will receive YSYW funding, based on your votes, will be announced at Decision Day.

Voting conditions

  • You are only permitted to vote for projects within your own ward.
  • You are only permitted to vote once, either online or at your local YSYW Decision Day.
  • The responses you give when you rate projects will be used to verify your votes are valid. You will be asked to give us:
    • your name
    • full address including postcode
    • email address
  • All voting is subject to checking and scrutiny and can be rejected if information is:
    • missing
    • completed incorrectly
    • completed in a way that gives unfair advantage to a single project
Please be aware that you will not be able to vote at Decision Day if you vote online prior to the event.

How to vote

We ask you to read about each individual project in your area and think about how this project will benefit the people who live there.

  • Give each project in your ward a score from 1 to 5, where 1 is the lowest possible score and 5 is the highest possible score.
  • Score each project fairly, based on merit, so that you do not give an unfair advantage to a single project

What is unfair scoring?

Giving a score of 5 (high) to one project and a score of 1 (low) to all others would be considered unfair and the vote will be discarded).

If you would like to attend the Decision Day in your area, find out dates and times in the tab below, along with YSYW contact details if you have any questions.

Voting closing dates

Online voting will close before the Decision Day for each ward so that we're able to announce the successful projects on the day. The deadlines for voting online are:

  • Barnfield ward: Midnight Wednesday 13 September
  • High Town ward: Midnight Wednesday 20 September


Frequently asked questions

1. What is YSYW?
YSYW is a creative way of allocating resources. Residents vote on proposals they want to see happening in their neighbourhoods. In this way they participate directly in the allocation of resources. The funding available through the YSYW Decision Days is aimed at addressing and tackling priorities and the needs of local residents.

2. Where can projects be delivered?
The ward or area you apply to for funding is the one in which you will deliver the project, or else the area where the people who benefit from your project come from. If you are planning to deliver a project for residents of a ward but want the activity to take place elsewhere, you can still apply but as with all projects you will need to be able to provide proof of their residence, eg using registers or similar. You may apply for funding from more than one ward.

3. Who can apply?

Any community member, community group or local organisation that can deliver projects within the stated area, as long as:

  1. the group is constituted/has agreed terms of reference
  2. the group has a recognised organisation that can act as banker – either the group itself or, for example a school, church, mosque etc
  3. organisers are able to demonstrate compliance with relevant statutory requirements, eg DBS checks for working with children, vulnerable adults, equal opportunities and Health and Safety
  4. the group does its work ‘not for private profit’
  5. the group has not applied for YSYW funding for the ‘same thing’ for the ‘same project’ before
  6. the group is not making more than one application for YSYW funding (eg a PTA cannot complete an application for afterschool activities, and another one for a drama production) in one ward - there can only be one bid per group/single organisation per ward

    However, organisations/groups who use the same building can all apply (eg a church may accommodate a toddler group and a lunch club and both could apply individually)

PLEASE NOTE: Assistance can be given after the initial applications have been received to support groups with (a) to (c) above.

Please contact us as soon as possible when you are considering your proposal and application if you have any questions about the above.

4. What is a YSYW Decision Day event?
This is where the groups/organisations submitting bids will need to do a three minute presentation to the local community. The presentation will give details on what the project is, how it will benefit the community and any other details the presenter feels the community need to know to make their funding bid successful.

Local residents are given opportunity to ask few questions on the project and are also able to vote anonymously on which projects they want to see funded in the area.

All applicants will need to do a three minute presentation on the Decision Day event. If for any reason the project applicant can’t be there, they must have a representative in their place. Due to time constraints all presentations must be made without the use of electronic aides, ie computers, DVD’s etc. However we do encourage you to be interactive and creative and can use project participants, volunteers, pictures, display board or hand-outs.

YSYW Decision Days

Northwell and Sundon Park

Monday 23 October:
Northwell and Sundon Park YSYW Decision Day event

6.30pm to 9.30pm
Futures House, The Moakes, Luton, LU3 3QB

Bramingham, Icknield, Limbury

Saturday 11 November:
Bramingham, Icknield, Limbury YSYW Decision Day event

1pm to 4pm
Futures House, The Moakes, Luton, LU3 3QB


Saturday 16 September
Dallow YSYW Decision Day event

12 to 5pm
St Peter’s Centre, 234 Dallow Road, Luton, LU1 1TB

High Town and Barnfield

Saturday 16 September:
Barnfield YSYW Decision Day

1.30 to 4.30pm
Bushmead Community Centre, Hancock Drive, LU2 7SF

Saturday 23 September:
High Town YSYW Decision Day

9.30am to 1pm
High Town Community, Sports & Arts Centre, York Street, Luton, LU2 0JD

Saints and Biscot

Saturday 30 September:
Joint Saints and Biscot YSYW Decision Day

11.30am to 3.30pm
Denbigh High School, Alexandra Avenue, Luton, LU3 1HE

Farley and South

Saturday 7 October:
Farley & South YSYW Decision Day event

12 noon to 4pm
Farley Community Centre, Delphine Close, Luton, LU1 5RE

Crawley, Round Green, Stopsley and Wigmore

Saturday 14 October:
Crawley, Round Green, Stopsley and Wigmore YSYW Decision Day

10am to 2pm
Ramridge Primary School, Turners Road South, Luton, LU2 9AH

Challney and Leagrave

Saturday 21 October:
Challney YSYW Decision Day event

10am to 1pm
Chaul End Centre, 515. Dunstable Road, Luton, LU4 8QN

Leagrave YSYW Decision Day event
2pm to 5pm
Hockwell Ring Community Centre, Mayne Avenue, Luton, LU4 9LB


Saturday 28 October:
Lewsey YSYW Decision Day event

12 noon to 4pm
Lewsey Community Centre, Landrace Road, Luton, LU4 0SW

Click the link to your ward below to read about each project in your area.

If you wish to vote online instead of at your local Decision Day, there is a link to online voting after the last project for your area.


 Contact information

Your Say, Your Way

Strategic Community Services Office, Lewsey Community Centre, Landrace Road, Luton, LU4 0SW

Tel: 01582 546985 or 01582 548776
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