Leith Neighbourhood Partnership News

Leith’s Local Community Plan 2014-17The Leith Neighbourhood Partnership is now gathering information for its Local Community Plan for the next three years. This plan sets out what we will focus on achieving from 2014 – 2017.  We want our actions and priorities to reflect Leithers’ views. The Leith community, including the people who live, work, volunteer and study here are best placed to know what Leith needs. This survey is the first step in finding out what local people want.  Click here to give yours views online (open until 31 March 2014).  Paper copies are available in McDonald Road Library and Leith Library, or by contacting Loraine Duckworth.  Survey results will be shared on the Neighbourhood Partnership website by the end of April.

Community Conference

A Community Conference will be held on 16 May 2014 at 2.00 pm in the South Leith Parish Church Halls, Henderson Street to discuss the survey results and other available information about the local area and its needs. The conference will help to start developing the Local Community Plan 2014 – 17 and set out how we can keep working together to make Leith an even better place. This event will be open to all who wish to attend.

Understanding Leith Public Meeting

The Leith Neighbourhood Partnership covers two council ward areas of Leith and Leith Walk. These wards are recognised for their high density, variety of activities, and diverse populations.  How much do we understand about Leith and Leithers?   A public meeting is being held at 7.00 pm on Thursday, 3 April 2014 Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce  (Parkside Primary School)  Bonnington.  A presentation will be given on information from the 2011 Census.  Everyone welcome.

Community Grants

A new financial year from 7 April 2014 brings with it a budget of £44,184.  £22,092 to be allocated through the Leith Funding Panel in grants of up to £3,000 and £22,092 allocated through the next £eith decides programme.  The Funding Panel meet on 9 April 2014, therefore any community grants applications submitted with all supporting documents by 28 March 2014 will be considered at that time.  See the Community Grants Website Page to download an application.

£eith decides Participatory Budgeting

Thank you to everyone who participated in our fourth successful £eith decides.  1,035 Leithers allocated £22,885 to 26 local projects, choosing from a wonderful range of 43 projects.  Without you all getting involved it would not be the fun, exciting, and community-spirited event that it was. Loraine Duckworth will be in touch with those not fortunate enough to be successful today to support you and advise of possible alternative funding mechanisms.Yet again, the Leith people carefully made serious and difficult decisions on grant funding, but with their usual sense of fun and community spirit.  For those who were not made an award, information will be available about alternative sources of funding at the Meet the Funders event on the afternoon of Thursday, 1 May 2014 at the Assembly Rooms, George Street.Without you all getting involved it would not be the fun, exciting, and community-spirited event that it was. Loraine Duckworth will be in touch with those not fortunate enough to be successful today to support you and advise of possible alternative funding mechanisms.

Other Local News

Leith Time Bank is an exciting new idea that gives people the opportunity to share time and skills to develop their community.  Time banking is a way for people to exchange their skills and time.  For every hour members ‘deposit’ by doing something for someone, they are able to ‘withdraw’ equivalent support in time.  In this way a new structure is provided for neighbourliness, creating a sense of community.  For more information contact Mary O’Connell at marytimebank@btconnect.com or Anne Munro on annemunro@btconnect.com -or phone 553 2559.

Do you rent your home from The City of Edinburgh Council?  Not much time left to have your say in the survey  Your Rent, Your Priorities,  which asks tenants what is most important to them and what their rent should be spent on. The consultation will run until March 2014.

Congratulations to All Together Edinburgh who have been secured £10,000, from the Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards, to create opportunities for people with learning disabilities.



Local Community Plan Consultation

Community Grants

£eith decides

Leith Time Bank

Your Rent, Your Priorities

All Together Edinburgh

DIARY DATES!Understanding Leith Public Meeting – 7.00 pm, Thursday, 3 April 2014 at Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce (Parkside Primary School)  Bonnington.

Leith Funding Panel – 6.30 pm on Wednesday, 9 April 2014 at McDonald Road Library.

Meet the Funders – 1pm to 4pm,Thursday, 1 May 2014, Assembly Rooms , 54 George  Street, Edinburgh EH2 2LR

Leith Neighbourhood Partnership Board Meeting –6.00 pm, Thursday, 15 May 2014.  Venue to be advised.

Community Conference – 2.00 pm, Friday. 16 May 2014, South Leith Parish Church Halls.

Online information:

SfC Neighbourhood Team Facebook Page

Vote for £eith decides facebook page.


Local Contacts:

Loraine Duckworth

Partnership Development Officer, Leith Library, 28 Ferry Road. Edinburgh.

Telephone: 529 6194

Leith Services at Leith Library: Phone numbers

Registrars: 554 8425

Library: 529 5517


529 6170 / 6171 / 6173



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