(adapted from an email from GivRum)
Got an idea for how to help improve an area in Leith? Leith Creative and GivRum can help Make It Happen! We’re calling on local people who care about their community to take part in a day of action and adventure in Leith.
Make It Happen is an event where participants have just one day to take a simple project from idea to reality – Challenge Anneka style! Together we will brainstorm on what’s needed where and make small changes to improve some of the areas around Leith Theatre and Leith Library. A public vote in the morning will decide the best ideas to hand, ideas which will then have access to a materials bank and limited cash fund in order to complete the projects within the day time limit. There will also be some tools available, plus team facilitators to help groups realise their projects.
This event has previously taken place in Denmark and Brazil, with a diverse range of ideas coming out of the process including street furniture building, urban gardening, and music workshops for the community. You can see previous events here: https://vimeo.com/254636500 and https://vimeo.com/240972554, or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/383159288874910 Continue reading
(adapted from an email from the Improvement Service)
People across Scotland are being invited to join a conversation about community decision-making to help make public services more locally focused.
The Democracy Matters conversation will identify new legal rights for communities which would place them at the heart of decision-making. The Democracy Matters conversation is a joint venture between the Scottish Government, COSLA and the community sector and will run over the next six months.
As part of the conversation people are being invited to consider a short set of questions on shaping local democracy. Community groups can also apply for grants of up to £300 to host their own events related to the project. To find out more about the grants, please visit Voluntary Action Fund’s website:https://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/funding-and-support/democracy-matters-community-engagement-fund
You can get involved by answering the questions contained in the document, Democracy Matters – Your Community. Your Ideas. Your Future: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/05/6780 Continue reading
The Scottish Government is consulting on electoral reform. They say
The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring access to democratic participation for all citizens. The way we vote in elections has remained unchanged for over 100 years. Modernisation takes place across all aspects of society and now is a good time to think about the kinds of innovation people in Scotland would like to see in elections.
Have your say on how the nuts and bolts of Scotland’s democracy should work at https://consult.gov.scot/elections/electoral-reform. If you are unable to respond online, please complete a Respondent Information Form and send it to:
Electoral Reform Consultation Elections Team
Area 2 West
St Andrew’s House
This consultation closes on 12 March 2018.
Where: Shore Room Leith Community Education Centre, Newkirkgate
When: Tuesday 23 January at 7.00pm Continue reading
The three Leith Community Councils are teaming up with City of Edinburgh Council to create a pot of cash for the community in Leith, based on Scottish Government ‘Community Choices’ funding.
Applications for £EITH CHOOSES will be invited very soon, and voting will be in March 2018. Many things will be similar to previous £eith Decides but there are a few exciting changes too.
The project Launch & first Funding Workshop will be held on 22nd November in Leith Community Education Centre, New Kirkgate, at 6.00pm.
Come along and find out more!
Keep up to date via Facebook and Twitter, or download the press release.
(adapted from an email from Citizen Participation Network.)
New: Community Choices Fund announced for 2017/18
The Scottish Government has announced the £1.5 million fund will be open for applications until 21st July 2017.
First launched in 2016/17, the Community Choices Fund has supported participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland.
For 2017/18, £1.5 million of the Community Choices Fund is available in two categories of £750,000 each:
- Category one for Public Authorities which includes Local Authorities and other Public Bodies.
- Category two for Community Organisations and Community Councils.
The fund aims to support PB activity which will significantly expand opportunities for more local people to make decisions on local spending priorities and contribute to local participatory democracy.
Targeted particularly at work in deprived areas, the fund aims to build on the support provided by the Scottish Government for PB since 2014 as part of a broader agenda around democratic innovation and engaged citizenship.
The closing date for applications is midnight 21 July 2017.
More information: https://pbscotland.scot/blog/2017/6/9/community-choices-fund-announced-for-201718
The Spurtle will host hustings for the Scottish Parliamentary election from 7.30pm–9.00pm on 14 April in Broughton St Mary’s Parish Church (Bellevue Crescent).
Representatives have been invited from all 10 parties/independents standing in the Edinburgh Northern & Leith constituency. Full details are on the Spurtle website.
You can submit questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.