‘Community right to buy’ event

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Government)

The Scottish Government Community Land Team are holding a free event at Eric Liddell Centre, Edinburgh, 7th April 2020. The event will give an overview of the various types of community rights to buy that communities can use, practical advice on how to become a compliant body and the application processes. If you would like more information or are interested in coming along please follow this link to our Events page and book your place.

If you have any queries then please get in touch at crtb@gov.scot

Kyle Anderson
Community Land Team (Community Right to Buy)
Q Spur
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3XD
Tel: 0300 244 9822

Police Scotland ‘Keep It 100’ Initiative

(adapted from a communication from Police Scotland)

There are still spaces remaining on the free Police Scotland ‘Keep it 100’ Youth Initiative. The project is open to local young people aged 12-18years from Leith or Craigmillar/Portobello. This is a fantastic opportunity to not only support young people to improve their health and fitness, but positively promote diversionary sports activities and assist with lifelong learning and future employment.

Places are limited so please get nominations in without delay!

The project starts on Monday 24th February and will run for 6 weeks, Mondays in Leith (venue to be confirmed) 7-8pm and Wednesdays in Castlebrae High School 7-8pm. The 6 fun ‘boot camp type’ sessions will be run by Links Fitness.  Transport from home to the venue will be provided.

The aim of the fitness and well-being programme is to adopt a joint approach with Police and partners to support young people to make better choices resulting in a more positive destination and improved wellbeing.  The project would be suitable for any young person who could benefit from a bit of extra support e.g. who may be struggling to engage with school or learning, looked after or accommodated, becoming involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour, experiencing family conflict, etc.

If you know of a young person who would benefit from participating please consider how they could be supported to atten- perhaps you could accompany them to the initial sessions, perhaps they could attend with a friend or they could be introduced to the fitness instructor beforehand? Contact Kirsty to discuss.

Young people who attend all 6 sessions will be awarded a high street shopping voucher, a discounted Edinburgh Leisure pass and certificate. Access to further support on employment, learning and wellbeing will be available to young people at the final presentation ceremony.

Please send all nominations or requests for more information to Kirsty McArthur-Kerr, North East Community Police team Sergeant email  kirsty.mcarthur2@scotland.pnn.police.uk Tel: 07736938531

Briefing events on Brexit, citizens’ rights and the EU Settlement Scheme for local authorities in Edinburgh

(adapted from an email from EU Citizens Rights Project: www.citizensrightsproject.org)

EU Citizens Rights Project has partnered with COSLA and the International Office for Migration (IOM) in Scotland to offer a series of briefing events about Brexit, citizens’ rights and the EU settlement scheme for local authorities, including community councils.

The first session is in Edinburgh on Monday 11 of November from 09:30 – 12:30 in Augustine United Church (Studio Room), 41 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL.

You can register your interest here.

Attendees will be signposted to any relevant materials and support tools, such as Home Office toolkits, and specific advice services for citizens who need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

These free briefing sessions will:

  • Give attendees a clear understanding of the EU Settlement Scheme (the new immigration status that EU citizens will need to apply for after Brexit)
  • Explain the changes to EU citizens’ status, and when these will come into effect
  • Explain possible changes to EU citizens’ rights to work, study, access public services, and to vote.
  • Signpost sources of further information and support from COSLA, Citizens Advice Scotland, IOM and others.
  • Give practical information on the steps EU citizens, and the organisations that work with them, can take to resolve any problems.

If you have any questions, please contact the project team at info@citizensrightsproject.org

Yours faithfully

Noelia Martínez
Project Coordinator
EU Citizens Rights Project