Hearing-aid battery distribution

(adapted from a post on CEC website)

Due to the closure of Libraries the advice for people who require hearing aid batteries is to contact the audiology department at Lauriston Place either by phone  0131 536 1637 – open 10am – 1pm and 2pm to 4pm or email  Audiology@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk and they will send batteries out by post.

The Audiology Department advice that people either phone or email and not physically attend as they want to limit numbers of people visiting Lauriston Place as much as possible.

Individuals will get two packs of batteries for each hearing aid every four months.

If you have any queries regarding increased battery use please phone the Audiology office in 0131 536 1637.

Deaf Action on Albany Street will also have hearing aid battery supplies for NHS hearing aids

Call for groups to apply for grants to improve access to the outdoors

(copied from an email from CEC)

Thousands of pounds worth of grants are available to community groups looking to spruce up local community paths.

Scotland’s walking charity Paths for All has launched the 2020 Community Paths Grants programme which is offering funding of up to £1500 to constituted groups and organisations looking to create, promote and maintain parts of the path network.

Now, community organisations and registered charities such as community councils, development trusts and community woodland groups working in Scotland are being encouraged to apply for funding.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is Monday, 13 April with applications closing on May 11, 2020.

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Scottish Land Commission – Transparency of Ownership and Land Use Decision-Making

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council. See also this blog post)

Owners and managers are being encouraged to provide simple details that will greatly improve people’s understanding of who owns land in Scotland and what it is used for, under the Scottish Land Commission’s latest protocol.

The protocol on ‘Transparency of Ownership and Land Use Decision-Making’ was published this week and it is the second in the good practice series issued by the Commission to support the practical implementation of the Scottish Government’s land rights and responsibilities statement (LRRS).

The land rights and responsibilities statement is working to create a Scotland with a strong and dynamic relationship between its land and people and where all land contributes to a modern and successful country, but a lack of transparency about land ownership and land use decision-making still remains as a barrier to progress.

This protocol focuses particularly on Principle 5 of the statement: “There should be improved transparency of information about the ownership, use and management of land, and this should be publicly available, clear and contain relevant detail” and supports the upcoming Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land. Continue reading

Minor injuries assessment – via video-link

(from a tweet by NHS Lothian)

We have launched our groundbreaking new minor injuries service, Call MIA, where you are assessed in your own home by video call. There’s no need to wait in a queue – you get an appointment and experts will assess your injury, provide advice or treatment in a matter of minutes.

Video from tweet is available here: https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1245617013860364294/pu/vid/1280×720/8ylzu3AhdFzc90Qi.mp4?tag=10

Council resilience centres

(copied from an email sent by CEC on behalf of Cllr Adam McVey)

Council resilience centres are based in

  • Wester Hailes – South West Locality Office, 10 Westside Plaza, EH14 2SP
  • West Pilton Gardens – North West Locality Office, 8 West Pilton Gdns, EH4 4DP
  • Captain’s Road – South East Locality Office, 40 Captain’s Rd, EH17 8QF
  • Craigmillar – North East Locality Office, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DS
  • Leith – Criminal Justice/ Social Work Centre, Newkirkgate Shopping Centre Units C&D, Newkirkgate Shopping Centre, Edinburgh EH6 6AD

They provide a base for our teams to provide welfare, housing and household support by phone and email. Customers are asked to attend in-person only if it is critical, for example if you are

  • are experiencing homelessness
  • are experiencing threats to your wellbeing
  • need urgent cash payments.

This will help us to prioritise support for residents who face financial hardship. All the centres operate 10am to 4pm, with the exception of Craigmillar which operates 8.30am to 5pm Mon-Thurs and 10am to 4pm Friday.”

The latest information can be found on the following link: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/contactus .

Kind regards

[sent on behalf of} Cllr Adam McVey, Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council and Councillor for Leith Ward

LCCC February 2020 approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held at McDonald Road library on Monday 17 February 2020 at 7:00pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading