Total Craigroyston update
We are continuing to work towards improving outcomes for children and families in the Craigroyston cluster area (writes Total Craigroyston manager Christine Mackay).
Achievements in education
North Edinburgh News has covered the great reports that Craigroyston Community High School and the Community Learning provision in the area have achieved. As well as those, Craigroyston Early Years Centre has achieved the measure of excellent across all five areas that the Care Commission look at – for the second year in a row! This is a brilliant achievement!
Working with local landlords
We have been doing some work with private landlords. We are hoping to strengthen their role in the regeneration of the area by sharing information and to encourage them listen to residents views about the condition of area. So far, the landlords we have spoken to have been very keen to become involved.
Community Leadership College
One of the most exciting things we’ve been developing over recent months is the Community Leadership College. This is an idea that has been put together by Total Craigroyston, Muirhouse Linkup and Circle Scotland. The STV foundation has funded our idea, which will us to help build on the biggest asset the community has – it’s people.
Many local people have become involved in community activities and volunteering through Linkup, The North Edinburgh Time Bank and many other community projects. The Community Leadership College will give us the opportunity take that involvement to the next level by providing training, support and other types of activities so that more leaders are created within the community.
The development of the college will be directed by local residents themselves, initially through a series of ‘Conversation Cafes’ , so that we can gather their ideas and develop the programme.
We expect that the impact will be that local people have a bigger influence on the development of services, gain skills to take up jobs, develop their ideas about making improvements to the area and the skills to turn those ideas into reality.
A cheque was presented at the Community Shop on Thursday 29 January (pictured above).
In the next few months we will be working with North Edinburgh Young People’s Form to involve the areas young people in assessing the quality of services that they use, using the Youth Talk approach first developed in South Edinburgh. Watch this space for information about how that is going!