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Maureen Child Update 4 February 2014

Dear All

A few things to update you on:

The launch of Dementia Friendly Portobello at Portobello Library yesterday was a huge success, with a lot of great connections made. It was great to have a full house.  A good start!  Do get back to me if you are interested.  One or two of us were also talking about doing it in Craigmillar.

Positive noises are coming through on the grapevine already:

·        Offers of free space for activities
·        Possibility of an art therapist doing something locally
·        A gentleman who has recently been diagnosed finding out about key link workers
·        Interest in a dementia awareness event locally
·        A dementia singing group
·        A dementia cafe
·        Interest from local emergency services, library & businesses
·        Local GP surgery keen to do their bit

Please do help us exchange ideas, suggestions and names of those interested in getting involved. If each of us in Porty could rope in one other person we’d have a good number of people! There was a write up in the Evening News last week about dementia friendly activities in Edinburgh, Porty got a mention – Creating a Dementia-friendly City

Free hands-on film-making group is starting up TODAY in Craigmillar Library, East Hub, 101 Niddrie Mains Road for young people 13+ starts Tuesday 4 Feb for 2 hours from 5.45pm

The joyful ‘Sunshine on Leith’ is the next film to be put on by local voluntary group Portobello Open Door at the Wash House next Saturday 8 Feb at 7pm. See you there? See:

I hope everyone will support plans for new pedestrian crossing outside St Philip’s Church Joppa, a project the Portobello/Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership is planning to take forward and which many local people have wanted for a long time.

Local resident Danielle Trudeau and others share a vision for finding a local space for a collective of professionals and makers. See A Quest called Tribe The identified space would form flexible and permanent office, desk and workshop rental as well as a community hub for a variety of events and activities that complement what we already have.. Danielle is looking to find out if there is a gap to fill and what the filling might look like. It takes only a few minutes to fill in the survey, whatever your interest might be.  Your feedback will help them create an amazing and exciting new space. So far, 76 responses have come in via facebook and twitter and the group want to make sure they reach more parts that social media doesn’t reach.  Hence this email. The survey only takes 4.14 minutes, promise, Closing date 14 February. the survey link is

Local police have told us today (Tuesday) that a 25 yr old male, arrested and in custody regarding theft from sheds and house breaking offences in Joppa and Musselburgh areas

Communities Together: Build Bridges Holocaust Memorial Event is Next Tuesday, 11 February, 6.30-8.30pm, Portobello High School  With guest speaker, Judy Russell, daughter of Holocaust survivor Ernest Levy. More information email Refreshments and exhibition from 6.30pm in the school library  Musical performance . Presentations from the school’s Young Holocaust Education Ambassadors.

Mark Cooper tells me there is a gig on 1st March  at Portobello Town Hall, where his band The Nature Boys are playing and also The 10:04’s, who played Hogmanay with the Pet Shop Boys.  It’s all for charity and tickets are £7.50. 100% of the money will go to the Jordan Houston Foundation, a charity set up in memory of a local lad who sadly died of a brain tumour aged just 11. It’s going to be an amazing night of punk/rock for a brilliant local cause. You can get tickets by emailing Mark Cooper at

It’s very welcome to see that the number of passengers attracted to Lothian Buses is at a 25-year high but there can be difficulties when routes and stops change. Do you use the 26 or 44 bus service? If so, you may wish to join Carolyn Wilson’s campaign.  Carolyn says: “After standing last night at the side of Jenners in the freezing cold I have decided that enough is enough. If you feel like me and want our 26 and 44 bus to either go back to Princes Street then contact Lothian Buses. email:”  More at

Sing in the City at Porty Town Hall – another date for your diary.

Portobello Online have been working on their Gallery section. You can now create your own tag-based gallery, staring with Kings Road junction as it used to be.  See:

More on the ‘adoption’ of Brunstane Station which I wrote about a while back: two local residents nearby have taken up the challenge and Scotrail tell me they will be in touch soon to give them safety training, install planters and so on.

Need some help to get a community improvement project off the ground? The Edinburgh Evening News can help :

Following an accident where someone slipped and fell quite badly, I alerted the Council and  Park Rangers have been busy putting wire onto the boardwalk in Figgate Park to help reduce the risk of slipping. Here they are hard at work:

A Communications Level 3 SQA course running at Sandy’s Community Centre in Craigmillar is helping young people work on their literacy, ICT and communication skills as well as other associated job preparation needs such as interview skills.

A thought-provoking graph showing the probability of slight, serious and fatal injuries to people depending on the speed of the car and why keeping speed limits low in residential areas is – literally – vital!

Several local groups benefited from funding

The ‘Canny Wi Cash’ voluntary sector celebration event was a wonderful success and it was great to welcome – in particular –  people from Portobello Older People’s Project, Hunter’s Hall Housing Co-op and Niddrie Farm Grove with a lot of other groups of volunteers, staff and older people themselves to the City Chambers for a cuppa and a chat about what they get up to. The Canny wi’ Cash Report “Our Voice is Being Heard at Last” is now available on EVOC’s website.

Environmental charity Changeworks’ “waste wise” volunteers are out in Craigmillar.  You might have seen posters on how to get involved.  Changeworks inspired over 74,000 people & 1,700 organisations to live and work more sustainably in 2013 Let us inspire you too

I hope at least some of the above is interesting or helpful!

Best wishes


Portobello Online