£eith Chooses 2019-2020 Launch, 1st October

Do please come along to the launch of the latest £eith Chooses process. There are new themes for this year, that you will want to hear about before planning your community project application. 6:30 pm, Leith Community Centre Cafe area, Tuesday 1st October

 

 

Hot News – £eith Chooses 2019-2020 – Key dates!

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Here’s a heads up of key dates for £eith Chooses 2019/ 2020 to get into your diary.

  • Applications to be in by Monday 6th January 2020 (but ideally before Christmas….)
  • Voting Event is Saturday 1st February 2020

There is £44, 000 for community projects, up to £5,000 per project. Start thinking and planning now! Come to a support session for discussion and advice, if needed.

£eith Chooses 2019 is a Record Breaker!

What a day! And Well done, Leith! A record-breaking 1,267 people (not including volunteers and some project applicants, so probably c100 more) came along on Saturday, showing a commitment in our wonderful community, and supporting all the brilliant community groups putting forward their project ideas for making Leith even better!

The sun shone, and the people came! We served delicious food from local suppliers, and many people stayed around to network and chat, after voting. It’s everything you’d hope for and expect in lovely Leith. We know that the project groups are all winners in their own ways, in who they are and what they do. The only sadness is that there is not enough money to fund all of them.

The ‘themes’ for this year’s £eith Chooses were tight, so that the only projects eligible for funding were ones that met the criteria of addressing inequalities and aiming to benefit disadvantaged people. Local community groups rose to the challenge and all put forward imaginative, creative ideas! There was also a requirement to actively include members of ethnic minority communities in project designs, and groups did this too!

This year we introduced the new idea of a ‘Boost Vote’ for a few projects that  go ‘over and above’ in involving and benefiting minority ethnic communities, as some of these groups have been ‘left behind’ in previous years, due to ‘minority’ status and the fact that Participatory Budgeting is essentially a ‘first past the post’ model. We’ll have to wait for the count, to see the results of this innovation….  But it was heartwarming to see how generously the people of Leith accepted/welcomed this experiment, to make sure our community is ‘fair’ to all.

Projects Revealed!

Wow! There are 30 applicants to £eith Chooses – 8 for the ‘Food’ theme, and 22 for the ‘Supporting Vulnerable People’ theme. Lots of really great project ideas! View them all here in the ‘£eith Chooses Gallery’.

Checking out the projects online gives you a bit of background to each project, and a chance to reflect, before you come to the Community Centre on 23rd February, to vote. Please take a look and think about questions you might like to discuss with project groups, when you come, and which you might vote for.

The Gallery is just for ‘viewing’. There is no online voting this year.

When you come to vote on 23rd February, you will get up to 3 votes in each room (Food, and Vulnerable People). 2 votes for your 2 favourite projects, and 1 Boost Vote (optional) for your favourite from certain projects which go ‘above and beyond’ in involving members of ethnic minority communities. More voting information.

The following 8 (out of 30) project groups qualify for Boost Votes, according to the criteria laid down by the £eith Chooses Steering Group:

  • Broughton Primary School Parent Council, Saheliya & partners
  • Building Bridges
  • Creative Electric
  • Dr. Bells Family Centre
  • Hermitage Park Primary School Association
  • Multi Cultural Family Base
  • Sikh Sanjog
  • YMCA

 

Please Come and Vote!

Before the 23rd February –

  • If you would like to come and vote, but cannot get to the Community Centre under your own steam, please let us know asap and we’ll try and arrange help for you to attend.
  • If you are bringing younger children, you may wish to book them in to the free creche (for both applicants and voters). Please get in touch to book them in, in advance (places limited – first come, first served).

Email Caroline.Lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk for either / both of the above

On the Day –

We suggest that you come early, if you can – doors open at 12 – don’t leave it to the last minute, because –

  • it may get busy at Registration, and at the ballot boxes
  • you will want plenty time to chat to project groups on their ‘stalls’
  • there will be lovely free food on offer, but it may start to run out….
  • your kids may want to get glitter tattoos or face-painting done
  • under 8s may need help with the new ‘Kids Vote’ (for the ‘Best Stall’)…

£eith Chooses – Apply Now!

There is £44,000 of City of Edinburgh Community Grants Fund money available for community projects. Groups can apply for one project, up to a maximum of £5,000 (bids for lesser sums are also warmly welcomed). NOW is the time to apply!

Project bids should be for community projects that will be delivered in Leith and benefit the community in Leith, and that tie in with one or other of this year’s key themes.

Key dates

Support Sessions

Tuesday 8th January 2019  – Support Session at McDonald Road Library (drop in any time between  1pm – 5:30pm)

Thursday 10th January 2019 – Support Session at Leith Library (drop in any time between 3pm – 5pm)

Tuesday 15th January 2019 – Support Session at McDonald Road Library (drop in any time between  3pm – 80pm)

If you want to talk through your ideas and possible application, please come along to this session and meet members of the £eith Chooses Steering Group, who will advise you.

If you can’t make the any of those dates, please get in touch asap, and we will make another arrangement to meet with you.

21 January 2019 – Applications close

23 February 2019 – Voting Day, Leith Community Education Centre, Kirkgate

£eith Chooses rides again, 2018/2019

Evaluations from 2017/2018 have been ongoing since April, as has forward planning. And at last we have news!

£eith Chooses will take place once more. There is £44,000 of City of Edinburgh Community Grants Fund money available for community projects. Groups can apply for one project, up to a maximum of £5,000 (bids for less also warmly welcomed).

20th November 2018 – £eith Chooses 2018/2019 launches and application open . Please do come along and hear about the plans for this year: 6pm, Tuesday 20th Nov., Leith Community Centre, New Kirkgate.

21 January 2019 – Applications close

23 February 2019 – Voting Day, Leith Community Centre, New Kirkgate.

   

 

Help the Scouts go to camp

The  154 Scouts received a £eith Chooses grant of £500 earlier this year. Here is a brief report of what they’ve been up to, spending that money. All sounds great!
We used the money to organise the ‘Leith Chooses Canty Bay Camp’ in June 2018, which was attended by 12 Beavers, 14 Cubs and 11 Scouts. Beavers slept in tents (many for the first time), visited Tantallon Castle by minibus, and learned emergency First Aid. 
Cubs obtained different stages of hiking badges, visit Tantallon Castle to obtain their local history badge and complete their nature badge, the latter of which is only possible in rural settings and near the seaside. The camp also facilitated three Cubs staying overnight for their first ever camp, contributing to their ‘Nights Away stage 1’ badge.Scouts hiked to and from North Berwick to the camp site. They cooked their own dinner using a Trangia (Cowboy Stew!), hiked to Tantallon Castle, and played games. They went swimming at North Berwick pool as well.They set up their own tents and helped set up the tents for the Beavers.

Some of the badges that this trip contributed to are: First Aid Badge, Local History Badge, Nature Badge, Chef Badge, Navigator Badge, Camping Badge, Nights Away, Teamwork Challenge, Outdoor Challenge award and Swimmer Activity Badge.

All of this has really helped the young people bond, learn about their environment and grow in independence – allowing them to become better citizens and neighbours in the future.

£eith Chooses Projects come to life!

It is great to see that £eith Chooses projects funded by the votes of the local community back in March are now taking shape, for the benefit of the community. Leith Primary School sent a photo of the ‘Trim Trail’ recently installed outside the school on Leith Links, with the following ‘Thank You’ message:

Thought  I’d drop you a note to say thank you on behalf of Leith Primary Parent Council, staff and pupils for the funding we received from £eith Chooses.  As you can see from the photo below our wooden obstacle course is now complete and the children love it.  The contribution from £eith Chooses, along with over £3,000 we fundraised, has allowed us to greatly improve the outdoor space.  Not having had a gym hall for four years, and a large temporary unit housing the nursery in our playground has been very frustrating.  Having this obstacle course completed will mean the first stage in improving the outside space for the pupils even further.  

Thanks again
XXXXXXX
LPPC Secretary

Voting – Ready, Steady, G………

Hello!
If you’ve come here ready to vote online, there’s good news and bad news….

Good news – right place – you are absolutely in the right place!
This is where you’ll get the link to the voting site.

Bad news  – Wrong time – you are too early (it’s good to be keen, but…)
Voting does not go live until 3 pm on Saturday 3rd March.

Please come back here after that and vote.
To vote, you need a special Access Code and Password- these are printed on special Voter Cards. ‘How to get a Voter Card?’ I hear you ask…  There are various ways:
Best way is to come to the Kirkgate on 3rd March if possible, because that way you get 2 sets of votes. Next best way is to pick one up in one of the Leith libraries (MacDonald Road or Ferry Road) for one set of online votes.

Full details of voting procedures are here