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Maureen Child Update 20 February 2015

Dear All

Please find attached my regular report in good time for February’s Portobello Community Council on Monday evening 23 February (always last Monday of the month).  Everybody is welcome to attend Community Council Meetings. This one is at 7.30pm in the Portobello Baptist Church Hall.  Agenda here:

Craigmillar Community Council meets on the second Tuesday of the month in the Hays Business Centre, 4 Hay Avenue, EH16 4AQ.  It starts at 7pm.  Next one is Tuesday10 March.

My attached report refers to the community grants fund process this coming year: You Decide!  Get a form, information or help  Phone Graham Rowan, Partnership Development Officer, City of Edinburgh Council, East Neighbourhood Team in 0131 529 6374 email: Or at the funding workshop  on Wednesday 25 February 2pm – 4pm in the East Local Office, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DS,. Find out more about You Decide! here – YOU Decide!

Also in the report: Craigmillar is the first community library to preview the internationally acclaimed StAnza event in St Andrews in March. I mentioned how wonderful it was to hear Agnes Török perform her poetry.  Here she is performing: Poetry Slam 11/10/12 Agnes Török

This was background to World Arts Day: Details here World Community Arts Day. Craigmillar, of course, has a proud history of involvement in the arts as lived by the Craigmillar Festival Society.  See more here:

This lively video explains how Self-Directed Support can give people more control over their care Self Directed Support (SDS)

There are six little things you can do to help people with dementia: Six little things you can do to help people with dementia

Local film-maker, Christeen Winford has produced a film for Dementia Friendly PortobelloScotmid Portobello Dementia Friendly

New to caring? Find out about your rights, entitlements and support available for carers in Edinburgh & Lothian New to Caring?

Tai Chi Thursday if run by the Thistle Foundation at Craigmillar Library community room, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DS – 12noon – class is FREE

Enjoy and knees up, tea and scones – Tea Dance at The White House on the 26 February 12.30pm to 3pm. More here::  Tea Dance

Sew Can Do, Edinburgh’s new manufacturing social enterprise, was officially launched by Liz Cameron, the Director and Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, last week in Castlebrae Business Centre. Sew Can Do will create employment for people who have previously worked in manufacturing and for women who are returning to work. Read more here.

The regeneration of the Niddrie Mills Primary School site is underway. This is what they have planning consent for: What are they Building at Niddrie Mill?

Consultation on schools street pilots closes on 27 February.  Have your say:  School Streets Consultation

Praise for improvements in recycling in Edinburgh. “Edinburgh Nudging Success in Recycling”

All public bodies in Scotland are legally required to look after biodiversity and report on how this is being achieved to Scottish Government.  The Council published a report in December last year on the wide range of activities undertaken to improve biodiversity in Edinburgh. Edinburgh Biodiversity Action Plan

From STV Edinburgh, the history of Marine Gardens. By-Gone Era: Marine Gardens, Portobello

Have a good weekend!



Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481| Twitter @MaureenChild1

 PS Next week I have a face-to-face Councillor Advice Session, or ‘Surgery’ at Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT, 1st Wednesday of the month, drop-in session 5pm-5.30pm, thereafter by appointment only up until 7.30pm. My surgeries at Sandy’s and Portobello Library cancelled this coming Monday because of another commitment. Please phone me on Direct Line 0131 529 3268 or Mobile 07718 666 481, or email to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.