St Mary’s (Leith) RC Primary School – Rising Rolls Pre-Planning Open Evening

(adapted from an post on Leith Links CC’s website. We assume – but are not sure – that the school’s catchment area extends into LCCC’s area.)

St Mary’s (Leith) RC Primary School’s inclusion in the Rising Rolls project to address accommodation issues at the school was approved by Education, Children and Families Committee in May 2015.

This is to let you know that an open evening will be held at St Mary’s (Leith) RC Primary School on Tuesday 6 October from 6pm to 8pm to allow the school community and local residents to view plans and discuss with the design team the proposals for a two classroom extension in the grounds of the school prior to submission of a planning application later in October.

Edinburgh Art Festival: exciting FREE opportunity for educators

(adapted from an email from Kate MacKay of Alchemy Arts)

This takes place Thursday 30th July at Central Library. Places are FREE but booking is essential.

Here is an exciting FREE opportunity for educators. Alchemy Arts will be hosting a one day workshop exploring how the Edinburgh Art Festival artwork, exhibitions and events can be used to stimulate projects and workshops with young people.

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Funding newsflash

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

There are two new sources of  grant funded from the carrier bag charge.


For more targeted funding searches you can use edinburgh4community which enables you to  enter details about your groups and purpose of grant sought. There is also a short YouTube video showing how to do a search.

Meet the Funders Event on Thursday 23 April 2015
Central Library, George IV Bridge , Edinburgh
Free drop in between 1pm & 4pm

28 exhibitors have already booked in. Here’s the list.

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Leith Community Education Centre

As they say:

Leith Community Education Centre is one of the busiest community centres in Edinburgh and approximately 3,000 people come through its doors every week. It is situated on the first floor of the New Kirkgate Shopping Centre, in the heart of Leith. It was refurbished in 2004 and boasts a Sports Hall, a smaller Hall, 4 general purpose rooms, a room which is suitable for crèches and also a recently refurbished café. The Centre is extremely well used throughout the week, by more than 120 local groups and is in high demand as a venue for meetings, training events, AGMs and conferences.

Many local voluntary organisations meet at the Centre, offering literacy support, help with finding employment, carers support, outreach teaching, help with stopping smoking and support for people with a learning disability. Many different classes run throughout the week with English classes, dance classes, drama groups, history groups, art classes, martial arts and computer classes among a few. Many youth clubs meet at the Centre and offer a place for young people to have a laugh and enjoy the company of their friends in a safe, welcoming environment.

The cleaners who work in the building won Direct Cleaning’s Service Excellence Award in 2005 and continue to ensure that the Centre is clean and welcoming to all. We are working to ensure that the programme of groups and events running in the Centre is varied and relevant to the local community and that those who come into Leith Community Education Centre feel that they are an important part of the collective success of the Centre.

Learn more at their website!