Leith Neighbourhood Partnership News: Autumn 2015

(adapted from an email from Leith Neighbourhood partnership)

Leith Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting

Stay safe in Leith over the festive period with advice from our Local Safety Services.

Also, do you have an anti-social or safety issue in your street? Find out about Street Surgeries and nominate your street for a surgery in 2016.

Meeting takes place in the Nelson Hall, McDonald Road Library on Monday, 23 November 2015.  Registration and light refreshments at 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm meeting.

Leith’s Local Community Plan 2014-17

We are now at the mid-way point of the life of the Community Plan and great progress has been made since the consultation of local people was completed in Summer 2014. Partners, including those from Community Councils, NHS Lothian, police, fire services, voluntary organisations, local businesses, housing associations, Council services, local community groups and residents, have established action groups and been working on a variety of initiatives such as environment improvements, activities for older people, activities for children and young people, training support for small businesses and more.  2016 brings new opportunities which may interest you.

Community Activist Evening Course

A new 18 week course designed to help train and develop local people to enable them to better represent their local community. An information evening will be held at McDonald Road Library on 12 January 2016 where you can sign up for the course which will start at the end of January. Places are limited – to reserve your place contact Jackie Mearns on jackie.mearns@ea.edin.sch.uk.

Media Impact of Alcohol in Leith

A Leith specific course delivered by Alcohol Focus Scotland over 10 weeks from the end of February 2016 which will support young people aged from 15 yrs to 18 yrs in looking at how the media influences our thinking and behaviours with respect to Alcohol. At the conclusion, young people are asked to present their findings to the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership and Edinburgh’s licensing decision-makers to help inform the next Licensing Policy Statement.  Contact Loraine.duckworth@edinburgh.gov.uk for more information or to note your interest in taking part.

Consultation on Young People’s Services

We are at the very early stages of development of a consultation of young people on the facilities and services provided for them.  If you are a young person, or your work with a group of young people, and would like to be actively involved in the design and process of the consultation contactLoraine.duckworth@edinburgh.gov.uk.

£eith Decides

Applications have just been received for the sixth £eith Decides programme which gives decision-making power on the allocation of community grants to the people of Leith. In afternoon of Saturday, 6 February 2016 you can meet the £eith Decides applicants at the Leith Community Education Centre to learn about the choice of projects and vote for the ones you want to happen.  Participants in previous years have said that they learned a lot about what was happening in the Leith area and enjoyed the buzz of the event.  Volunteers are needed to help staff the event – if you can help contact katie.swann@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Breaking News: Submission date for applications extended to 7 December 2015.

Other Local News

Meet the Funders

The next Meet the Funders event is just a 30 minute bus journey away from Leith at Portobello Town Hall on 3 December 2015 from 1.00 pm till 4.00 pm.  Bus numbers 49 or 21 will take you straight there.  If you are seeking funding for a project, this is an opportunity to speak with various Funding providers.  This includes:

  • Scotland’s Employment Recruitment Incentive Fund (SERI)
  • Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation
  • Big Lottery
  • Sportscotland
  • Neighbourhood Partnership Community Grants Fund
  • City of Edinburgh Council Tenants Association Grants
  • The Charity Bank
  • Edinburgh4community
  • The Robertson Trust
  • MyParkScotland
  • Business Gateway
  • Princes Trust Enterprise

Training for Community Councillors 

In response to feedback from community councillors, a Development and Support programme has been established.  To book a place on the how to apply for a grant workshop, e-mail Julie Dickson, julie.dickson@edinburgh.gov.uk or telephone 0131-469 5393.

How to apply for a grant workshop

  • This session will provide CCs with help to improve their skills in preparing grant applications.
  • Thursday 28 January 2016 – 6pm – 8:30 (6.30pm start) – European Room, City Chambers
  • Please register by 13 January 2016

Dates for your diary

Leith Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting – 6.30 pm on Monday, 23 November 2015 in the Nelson Hall, McDonald Road Library.

Meet the Funders  – 1.00 pm till 4.00 pm, 3 December 2015 at Portobello Town Hall ,  147 -149 High Street Portobello.

Leith Youth Services Network – 10.30 am, 15 December 2015 at The Junction.

Active Citizen Course Information – 6.00 pm, Tuesday, 12 January 2016 at McDonald Road Library  To book your place contact jackie.mearns@ea.edin.sch.uk.

How to Apply for a Grant Workshop – 6.00 pm, Thursday 28 January 2016 in the European Room, City Chambers.  Register with julie.dickson@edinburgh.gov.uk no later than 13 January 2016.

£eith decides decision-making event – 1.00 pm till 3.00 pm, Saturday, 6 February 2016 at Leith Community Education Centre.


Online information

SfC Neighbourhood Team Facebook Page

Vote for £eith decides facebook page.






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Leith NP Meeting


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Local Community Plan





Local Contacts:


Loraine Duckworth

Partnership Development Officer,.

Telephone: 529 7403





Leith Services at Leith Library: Phone numbers

Registrars: 554 8425

Library: 529 5517

Housing: 529 6170 / 6171 / 6173

Loraine Duckworth | Partnership Development Officer | Leith Neighbourhood Partnership | Services for Communities | City Centre Leith Team| 329 High Street| Edinburgh | phone: 0131 529 7403 | Mobile: 07739188437





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