Communities and Place

These UK Shared Prosperity Fund projects sit under the Communities and Place theme. It enables places to invest in restoring their community spaces and relationships and create the foundations for economic development at the neighbourhood level.

This strengthens the social fabric of communities, supporting building pride in place. The communities and place theme covers a wide range of local interventions, including:

  • public realm projects
  • community-led initiatives
  • cultural and heritage projects.

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Edinburgh Communities and Place projects

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    Community Help & Advice Initiative (CHAI)

    Project: Enabling Financial Resilience

    CHAI is delivering four discrete projects, each designed to increase current welfare rights and debt advice services across Edinburgh.

    Through the funding, CHAI offers welfare advice within local community mental health hubs and locality recovery hubs. They also offer welfare advice provisions established in local schools.

    In addition, the Growing Families pilot has been expanded. This supports health visitors to ask families if they need money advice.

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    City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC)

    Project: Support to Community Centre Management Committees

    This project provides support, development, and access to resources for Community Centre management committees across the city.

    The purpose is to help management committees develop sustainable plans and strengthen their capacity to deliver services in their local communities.

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    Project: Good Food Programme

    UK Shared Prosperity Fund funding supports three initiatives under the Good Food Programme.

    Fareshare, a food redistribution project providing surplus food from the food industry to around 20,000 individuals and families a week.

    Cook School, which provides support for people on low incomes to budget, plan and cook low-cost nutritious meals.

    Cyrenians run community pantries, which are a dignified alternative to food banks providing families with nutritious food at a minimal cost.

    Cyrenians website

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    Edible Estates CIC

    Project: Edinburgh Growing Together

    Edinburgh Growing Together supports community gardens in Edinburgh’s council estates.

    Help includes project management, development, and community engagement support alongside improvements to infrastructure. This includes new connections to the water mains, new tool storage units, renovation of paths and growing beds.

    UK Shared Prosperity Fund funding will support four new community gardens and ongoing support for others.

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    Edibles Estates

    Empty Kitchens Full Hearts

    Project: Volunteer Programme and Garden Regeneration

    Empty Kitchen Full Hearts is building upon its core service delivery by turning surplus food into meals delivered to those in need across Edinburgh.

    Volunteering and job opportunities are available through the Kitchen Assistant and Volunteer Programme.

    Work is also underway to create a green space within the local community by regenerating a garden area.

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    Turn 2 Us and Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC)

    Project: Thriving Futures Fund

    The Thriving Futures Fund will support 100 individuals in poverty with grants. Referral partners identify individuals and the grants aim to help with the cost of living in a sustainable way.

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    The City of Edinburgh Council Forever Edinburgh

    Project: Community Engagement

    This project aims to engage residents in Edinburgh’s cultural offer by launching the Resident Rewards and Resident First schemes, inviting residents to enjoy new exhibitions or visitor products first or at discounted prices.

    Forever Edinburgh website

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    Forever Edinburgh

    Fresh Start

    Project: Fresh Connections

    UK Shared Prosperity Fund supports three areas of Fresh Start’s work.

    Firstly in one of the four growing spaces where there are opportunities for people to take up open-ended supported volunteering roles.

    Secondly, the cookery initiatives will engage people in cooking at home, small group cooking classes and cook clubs where people prepare food and supper clubs.

    Thirdly, there will be ongoing opportunities for learning dialogues with service users and volunteers, including online surveys, phone contact, focus groups and community research projects to ensure that the service continues to meet local community needs.

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    The Poverty Alliance

    Project: End Poverty Edinburgh

    End Poverty Edinburgh is an independent group of citizens formed during the latter stages of the Edinburgh Poverty Commission as a recommendation of their 2020 report, ‘A Just Capital’.

    UK Shared Prosperity Fund supports End Poverty Edinburgh to continue to work with Edinburgh Council. This ensures that those with lived experience have the chance to influence policy and practice and to help shape the delivery of strategy to end poverty in the city.

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    Poverty Alliance

    City of Edinburgh Council

    Project: South Queensferry amenities

    The grant supports the construction of accessible new public conveniences at Hawes Pier, South Queensferry.

    New accessible toilet facilities will be developed and constructed which will allow equal access to visitors of all ages and abilities to spend more time in the location.

    The funding will allow the delivery of modern facilities, which will be accessible to all and incorporate disabled toilets and Changing Places facilities for the severely disabled.

    City of Edinburgh Council website

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    Southside Community Centre Association

    Project: Southside Soil, Seed and Soul

    The funding is supporting the clearing and replanting of an overgrown garden at the front of the Southside Community Centre. The centre are also creating practical volunteering opportunities and skills development for local community groups.

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    Space the Broomhouse Centre and Lifecare

    Project: Vintage Vibes

    Vintage Vibes is funded through UKSPF to support isolated older people across Edinburgh, pairing them with volunteer befrienders and running engaging activities and events.

    In Year 2, additional funding was granted for Volunteer Vibes. A drive to increase the number of volunteers within the project through developing new marketing, enhancing the support infrastructure for volunteers, and creating more varied voluntary roles within the organisation.

    In Year 3, additional funding was awarded to develop a new website to support this strategy. The new website will have a focus on accessibility, signposting, and making the volunteering process as barrier-free as possible.

    Funds will support collaborating with an accessible communication charity, creating engaging content, and running community-led focus groups to develop the site.

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    Spartans Community Football Academy

    Project: Here for Good

    A new building for youth work will be constructed on the Spartans site, replacing temporary portacabins which are showing signs of wear and tear. Amongst other groups, the building will host the alternative school Spartans run for young people who have disengaged with mainstream education.

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    Volunteer Centre Edinburgh

    Project: Local Volunteering Gateways

    The Volunteer Centre is working with local partners in each of the four localities of Edinburgh to develop a holistic programme of gateway opportunities, formal volunteer opportunity development and capacity building for volunteer-involving organisations to directly tackle exclusion and inequality of opportunity in communities.

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