Youth work funding

Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council

(adapted from an email from David Hoy, Commissioning Officer, Communities and Families)

Are you interested in delivering open access youth work with young people aged 11 and over? Communities and Families is opening a participatory budgeting grant programme to support such work in 2017-18. Applications will be assessed by a team of young people and Council officers before a voting process for young people. It will be the combination of these two processes that will determine who is awarded funding.  The total budget available is £60,000 with a minimum award level of £500 and the maximum award level of £10,000. The work should benefit young people in Edinburgh and can be locally based or citywide work.

Application packs will be available on the Edinburgh Compact website from 6th February and the closing date will be 3pm on 24th February.

Briefings for applicants will be held at Waverley Court on

  • Tuesday 7

View original post 123 more words

Grow for it!

Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council

(adapted from an email from North East locality)

The Grow For It 2017 funding is now open for applications!

We’re looking for talented and imaginative young people aged 12 – 25 to raise awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants.

With two funding options – Transform a Space and Get Creative – there’s something for everyone. Young people can apply today to be in with a chance of receiving £500 to bring their projects to life!

Successful projects will be selected by a judging panel of young people, from across the UK, who have previously been involved with Grow Wild.

Applying is easy! You just need to create a short video application and send it to us. Learn more about the funding options by watching the short videos below or click here for more information on how to apply.

The Grow Wild Team

View original post

Play your part!

Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council

(adapted from an email from North East locality)


Edinburgh Council has received many responses about services, including:

  • 101 dialogue ideas
  • 784 online surveys responses
  • 66 print questionnaires returned
  • 443 social media comments.

This year Edinburgh Council asked for ideas on how to deliver some services more effectively whilst staying customer focused. There was support for more shared facilities for services such as the Drumbrae Hub, using more volunteers (but not to replace paid staff) and improving our online services.

Read the results in full

You can now read the full play your part report.

Watch the decisions being made

The play your part report will go to Edinburgh Council’s Finance and Resources Committee on 19 January. The Council will then consider this feedback when it sets the 2017/18 revenue budget on 9 February. You can watch these meetings live on the Council’s website or view a recording afterwards.

Find out more

Edinburgh Council will…

View original post 27 more words

Alcohol Focus Scotland Toolkit

With thanks to Leith Links Community Council:

 Leith Links Community Council Alcohol Focus Scotland recently developed a new toolkit to help people raise concerns about the impact of alcohol in their local community.

‘Alcohol licensing in your community: how you can get involved’ outlines action that people can take about problems alcohol is causing in their local area. It also explains how the licensing process works in Scotland and provides practical assistance for people who want to get involved but aren’t sure where to start.

To make it easier for people to get in touch with people who may be able to help them, Alcohol Focus Scotland has also produced a list of contact details for the licensing board, local licensing forum and licensing standards officers in each local area.

An interactive version of the toolkit and the contact list can be found on Alcohol Focus Scotland’s website here. We have also attached a print version of the toolkit. While these documents are in colour, these are designed also to print in black and white.
We hope this toolkit will empower people to play a more active role in their local community, particularly in helping them to speak up about issues that concern them. Given the important role licensing forums have in enabling communities to engage on local licensing issues, we would welcome any support you can offer in making this information available to communities in your area, for example by placing the toolkit on the forum’s website, encouraging your membership to distribute the toolkit through their channels, and encouraging your local licensing board to place it on their website or to signpost to the toolkit on the Alcohol Focus Scotland website.
The toolkit is designed to be used across Scotland, and therefore cannot address the individual practices of local licensing boards. We would encourage local licensing boards and forums who have not already done so to consider whether provision of local information about licensing board procedures and processes would be a useful supplement to this national resource.
It also should be noted that the toolkit does not reflect the upcoming changes to licensing law being introduced by the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015. We will therefore be updating the toolkit in a few months’ time once these changes come into effect. There will be an opportunity at that time to make other changes to the toolkit and we would therefore welcome any feedback you have about the ways in which the toolkit could be improved.

AFS Licensing Brochure FINAL Print (002)

Climate Challenge Funding: Applications WANTED

The Climate Challenge Fund is open for applications from community led-organisations including community councils, but please act quickly as the deadlines are fast approaching!

Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod has confirmed the Fund will continue for another year, after it was allocated £10.3 million in the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2016-17.

The hugely successful Climate Challenge Fund has supported 756 community-led schemes since 2008, including energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food growing projects and initiatives to tackle waste.

Community-led organisations including community councils across to are invited to apply for a share of the £10.3 million funding with grants up to £150,000 available per project.

Community-led organisations currently in receipt of a CCF grant must have submitted a completed application by 19/02/16

All other community-led organisations must have submitted an Expression of Interest by 5/02/16 and a completed application by 19/02/16

You can read more at 

LCCC AGM: secretary’s report

I would like to thank all members for their active support of Leith Central Community Council. Looking through our past Minutes we have dealt with many more issues than in the previous year. A particular thanks must go to Bruce Ryan, our Minutes Secretary, who keeps us all on the straight and narrow. Thanks to him our paper work and website are impeccable and up to date, and his extensive knowledge of hyperlocal democracy has helped to make us more confident in our conviction that we are making a positive difference in our community. I would also like to thank Leah Lockhart and Marion Donaldson for making sure that our activities are publicised as widely as possible to the local community, not least by breaking into the Twitter sphere. I would also like to thank our outgoing members for their support.

Continue reading

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 68: Foot of the Walk junction works

Please note that this statement was  circulated by Alan Dean, CEC Partnership Development Officer (Stakeholder Liaison and Engagement) on 6 February 2015 at 15:59. This post replaces an earlier version which did not have this preface.

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 68

The Foot of the Walk junction works

The contractors carrying out the upgrade works to the Foot of the Walk junction (MacLay Civil Engineering Ltd) are anticipated to start mobilising next week, commencing 9 February, with full presence on site expected week commencing 16 February.

The works, aimed at simplifying and improving the crossing for pedestrians, are expected to take 15 weeks to complete. In addition to road and footway resurfacing, the redesigned junction will see 4 single stage pedestrian crossings installed at the bottom of Leith Walk, Duke Street, Great Junction Street and Constitution Street. Once fully operational the junction crossing will include an all pedestrian phase allowing those on foot to cross more easily than at present improving the overall accessibility of the area in line with the design principles of the Leith Programme.

For the duration of these works, Constitution Street will be closed at its junction with Leith Walk as part of the traffic management arrangements in place aimed at minimising disruption to traffic flow as much as possible. Local access to this area will be via Laurie Street, Queen Charlotte Street, or Bernard Street. Three way temporary traffic lights will be in operation at the main Leith Walk junction to control traffic flow. It is anticipated that traffic management arrangements will commence on 16 February.

Bus diversion and general traffic conditions information reminder

Details of the most up to date information regarding any bus diversions and traffic conditions affecting Leith Walk please visit either of the sites below:

Ongoing Works – Pilrig Street to Crown Place

Crummock (Scotland) Ltd, contractors on the Pilrig Street to Crown Place section, are continuing with localised remedials and the completion of outstanding works including bus tracker connections and the installation of cycle racks, road markings and associated signage. Getting the latter fully installed is important as this will allow the enforcement of the new parking regulations to commence. Details of these new regulations will follow in a separate update.

New Design Layout

The new design of Leith Walk, north of Pilrig Street, with additional formal and informal pedestrian crossing points appears to be working well at this early stage with pedestrians, cyclists and drivers getting used to the new pedestrian friendly layout and crossing locations. One of the main aims of the Leith Programme is to make the area more accessible and safe for those on foot and we would ask that all road users become familiar with the new layout and respect all the pedestrian crossing points.

If you have any queries or require further advice or information then please don’t hesitate to contact me.



Alan Dean BA (Hons) MSc PGDip I Partnership Development Officer (Stakeholder Liaison and Engagement) I Services for Communities I City Centre Leith Neighbourhood Team I 249 High Street I Edinburgh I EH1 1PN

Tel: 0131 529 7519        Mobile: 07739 188 438