Friends of Pilrig Park – Public Meeting

(adapted from an email from Friends of Pilrig Park)

The Friends of Pilrig Park will hold a public meeting on Monday, 24th April at the McDonald Road Library from 6.00-7.30pm. Please see below the draft minutes of the last meeting. The public meetings are a great opportunity to get more involved in making improvements to the park and to put forward your thoughts and ideas. We hope you can make it along!

Click to download: DRAFT 10 10 16 FoPP Public Meeting Minute

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Choose Youth Work – voting open!

(adapted from an email from Loraine Duckworth, Partnership Development Officer)

Young people in Edinburgh are being asked to vote on projects to deliver youth work across the city. During February 2017, Edinburgh Council invited groups to apply for up to £10,000 to spend on youth work activity that will benefit young people between 11-25, either locally based or citywide.

The applications were screened at the beginning of March by a group of young people and Council officers, based on priorities that were decided by young people following a consultation in 2016.

This is the first year of a three year programme, with 60k to allocate this year, rising to over 100k in year 2, and over 500k in year 3.

A total of 16 projects will now face a public vote. It is now up to you to decide which of these projects you would like to see being delivered. If you are aged between 11-21, and live in Edinburgh, you can vote for your three preferred projects.

Voting opens at 12noon on Friday 10 March and closes at 5pm on Monday 27 March 2017.

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Edinburgh Wellbeing Public Social Partnership

(adapted from an email from NHS Lothian)

NHS Lothian would like to invite you to  join us  to ‘Talk, Share, Plan, Repeat’ at one/or more coproduction events to support the development of the Edinburgh Wellbeing Public Social Partnership (PSP).

The Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board (EIJB) agreed to build a PSP to ensure that services are shaped around people and their communities, in line with the principles of the Christie Commission. The Public Social Partnership for Wellbeing Services will build on good practice and established relationships and develop and test innovative approaches to redesign services, improve collaboration across statutory and third sector and maximise resources and assets. For more detail please find briefing attached. The session will provide you with an update and opportunity for open dialogue on all aspects of the PSP going forward. This will be supported by an independent facilitator.

There will be two city wide events, the first to capture the main themes and the second to capture work across the city and to begin to make these links. The locality events will be focused more around understanding the needs of that particular community,  opening up local dialogue, and building relationships for future partnership working. Please find invite and briefing attached.

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Pilrig Park clean-up rescheduled

(adapted from an email from Friends of Pilrig Park)

FoPP’s Events Calendar has a clean-up day scheduled for this weekend (12-13 November). However, because we have only just run the bulb-planting event we will look to reschedule this either later in the month or next month. Maybe a December litter pick with mince pies and mulled wine afterwards? Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like pulling old bits of carpet out of the woods in your local park!

LCCC suggests you contact FoPP via email (friendsofpilrigpark@gmail.com) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfPilrigPark) to find out when the event will take place. Of course, if we find out, we will be sure to post it here.

Improving Scotland’s planning system: get involved!

(adapted from a post on the Scottish Community Alliance website)

An independent review of the Scottish planning system (May 2016) commissioned by the Scottish Government recommended that actions should be taken to ensure that community involvement in planning for place is fairer and more inclusive. A White Paper is due to be published in early 2017 outlining proposed changes to the planning system – including tackling barriers to greater involvement in planning, taking account of measures contained in the Community Empowerment Act and the Land Reform Act.

As part of this work, yellow book, along with the Scottish Community Development Centre and Nick Wright Planning, have been commissioned to investigate the factors which inhibit communities, young people and other seldom-heard groups from engaging in the planning system. Continue reading