What do YOU think?

Please will you take a few minutes to fill in this short survey about the £eith Chooses experience, 2021?


The £eith Chooses Steering Group is keen to collect feedback from everybody in the community after each participatory budgeting event, We want to hear your views. The survey will run until the end of March.




£eith Chooses Feedback Night 9th March 6pm

You are warmly invited to attend a £eith Chooses ‘Feedback Night’ meeting, online, on Tuesday 9th March at 6pm.

The £eith Chooses Steering Group always looks for feedback from the community, after each participatory budgeting event. You will be getting a wee survey, shortly, which we hope that you will fill in. We’d also like to have/provide the opportunity for open discussion.

Each year, we have found that although not many people make it along to the Feedback night, those that do come always provide a tremendously valuable input. As this year has been so different, we would especially like to hear from you about what you feel went well – and what didn’t – at £eith Chooses 2021.

Sadly, we can’t provide cups of tea or Tunnocks tea cakes this year, but we look forward to an informal discussion and we WILL absolutely listen to and do what we can to take account of your views. Do join us!

To join, please register in advance for a free ticket/place via Eventbrite here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eithchooses-2021-feedback-night-tickets-144028373743

The meeting will be via the Microsoft Teams platform. Get Teams software here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/microsoft-365/microsoft-teams/download-app.

We’ll open the meeting at 5:45pm so there’s time to get connected. The actual meeting will start at 6pm.

Results Night! 16th February

The £eith Chooses 2021 results will be announced at an online meeting on Tuesday 16 February 2021 at 6pm.  Do join us to be first to hear the news!

Please register for the meeting via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eithchooses-2021-results-tickets-140519556777. Then we will send a meeting link.

If you can’t make it, don’t worry, the results will be posted on this website immediately following that meeting – around 7 pm on Tuesday16th February,

The ‘venue’ for the meeting will be Microsoft Teams. We recommend use of the ​Teams desktop app (available from Microsoft’s website). Teams can be run in a web-browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari etc), but we don’t recommend this.

We also suggest downloading and installing Teams before the meeting. This guide may be helpful for both desktop app and browser: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/join-a-teams-meeting-078e9868-f1aa-4414-8bb9-ee88e9236ee4.

Please try to join the meeting before 6pm, so we are all connected for the start. We will open the meeting about 5:45.

If you have any problems joining on the night, please email Bruce Ryan at bruceleithchooses@icloud.com

Hope you can attend – the £eith Chooses steering group really looks forward to seeing you there.

Meeting and Survey Results

Thank you so much to all the people who joined our £eith Chooses online meeting last week – it was lovely to see / hear you all.

Please visit this page if you would like more information about the results of the September survey.


£eith Chooses is LIVE!

There is £46,102 available for community projects in Leith, to be allocated in January / February 2021 by democratic vote – the local community will vote online for the projects they would like to see funded.

Apply now if you are a constituted group with a bank account and a good idea for a 6 month community project (up to £5,000) that matches the following theme(s), download a form here.


In these Covid times- 

  • Challenging food poverty in Leith
  • Reducing isolation / ensuring connectedness

£eith Chooses Community Discussion Meeting!

All members of the Leith community, or with an interest in participatory budgeting, are invited to an online community meeting on Tuesday 10th November at 18:30 – 20:00 (max). Get the link from Eventbrite.

Because £eith Chooses 2020/2021 will be a bit different from previous years, we’d like to catch everybody up with the news of how it will run. We want to be as transparent as possible and to give everybody the chance to ask questions and chat about things.

We’d also like to report back the results of the recent £eith Chooses survey. It was fantastic that so many people took the trouble to respond, we really appreciate it. Not all of the suggestions can be implemented, this time round anyway, but it would be good to air and discuss the ideas.

To get the link, and attend, please register with Eventbrite:


The meeting will be via the (free) Microsoft Teams platform

See you online!

£eith Chooses 2021 – it’s happening!

Many thanks to all who responded to our recent survey. What a rich and heart-warming show of care, commitment, and bright ideas!

The overwhelming consensus was that £eith Chooses 2021 should go ahead, even in the current challenging and less than ideal circumstances. And it’s happening!

The good news is that, with a little help from the Council, we have found a way to arrange online voting for £eith Chooses 2021, so we won’t need to have a ‘Panel’ to allocate funding after all. We will still hold at least one public meeting online, to support participation, bring everyone up to speed, and to discuss a number of the points brought up in the survey. More news on that soon!

But because time is now short (how did that happen?), we need to push on with the project meanwhile. The Themes used previously received a majority approval rating in the survey results, so we’re sticking broadly with those same topic areas.The 2021 theme is:

In these Covid times- 

  • Challenging food poverty in Leith
  • Reducing isolation / ensuring connectedness

There is £46,102 available for projects (max. £5,000 per project)

Application Forms are now available here, and groups will have until 11 December 2020 to fill them in and return them.
The £eith Chooses team will offer support to applicants on demand, but that will be online or by phone, rather than in person. Watch our website for details.

Voting will take place online in January 2021. We will do what we can to help people who cannot easily get online, to vote.

Please get in touch with any questions, or to request an application form. Caroline.Lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk

£EITH CHOOSES 2021 – how will it work?

During this Covid crisis, safety must come first. The £eith Chooses / Community Grant money allocation process will be different this year – but we want as many people and organisations in Leith as possible to have a say in how the process is carried out.

Please click on this link, https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LeithChooses2021 and complete the short survey.

Only constituted organisations that benefit the Leith community can apply for a project grant, but everybody can have a say in how they think things should be run.

Please respond by Monday 28th September 2020

If you are representing an organisation, please fill in the organisation’s contact details in the survey.

If you are responding as an individual, we won’t keep your data (Data Protection rules) so if you want to follow up and volunteer to play a part on the £eith Chooses process, please email  caroline.lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk

Thank you
The £eith Chooses team