Health Matters officially launched


Health Matters a new community project by the South West Neighbourhood Partnership was officially launched yesterday at St Martins Community Resource Centre.  Local people will get to choose which health projects they would like to see funded in their area,

There are thirteen community health projects shortlisted which are now looking for your vote. The projects with the most votes will receive up to £5,000 from the £40,000 available.

The projects include:

  • Bumps to Baby by Dunedin Canmore Youth. This project will aim to break down isolation, increase young parents’ confidence and help them make positive life choices for themselves and their child.
  • WHALE Arts’ WHALEs Without a Cause is a fun, free drama group for adults at the WHALE Arts Centre. The drama group is fully inclusive and all decisions about storytelling, from play writing to marketing, are discussed by the group’s members.
  • Broomhouse Centre’s Friendship pools. They would like to establish new older people’s group befriending activities that help improve the health and well being of socially isolated and lonely vulnerable people in South West Edinburgh.
  • Go 4 It will provide an opportunity for over 18s with the South West to access outdoors through paddle sports and cycling programmes. We’ll focus on helping people lead healthy, active, and independent lives.
  • Canal Walks run by Re-Union Canal boats will encourage people outside exploring along the Union canal learning about their local area and topics like canal history.
  • Dalry Primary School’s Bus Project. The school would like to develop their playground by renovating a double-decker bus and turning it into an outdoor classroom.
  •  Duo – Exercise in Pairs. They are applying for funding to set up an afternoon 30-minute high intensity exercise session for parents and friends at Xercise4Less gym in Wester Hailes.
  • Woodland activities at Hailes Quarry Park. ELGT are going to get pupils from Murrayburn Primary School out into Hailes Quarry Park for some fresh air.
  • Choose Health is a 10-week group work programme for unemployed young people aged 16-25 by About Youth. The project provides young people with opportunities to engage in sporting activities, develop coking skills and access advice and information on drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
  • Good Morning Gorgie – Health All Round. A programme of morning events and activities for older people including Walking Groups, Gentle exercise, music/singing, dance and social time.
  • Willow Garden Project is a beautiful community garden next to the canal in the Calders. We want to share this amazing place with as many people in the local community as we can. We have applied for funding to run free, open, community workshops on the site from their new outdoor classroom.
  • Westerhaven Care Exchange will reduce loneliness and isolation experienced by people with cancer. We will match volunteers to clients with a cancer diagnosis who are unable to attend the centre due to ill health & treatment.
  • Edinburgh Girl’s Project aims to foster mindfulness with regards to physical and mental health in adolescent girls. The Project creates a safe space each week for girls between the ages of 11 – 14 to come together and receive group mentoring.

You can vote for your choice of community projects at the following locations:

  • Fountainbridge Library: 28 Nov – 16 Dec
  • Balgreen Library: 28 Nov – 16 Dec
  • Wester Hailes Library: 28 Nov – 16 Dec
  • Sighthill Library (GATE 55): 28 Nov – 16 Dec
  • Carrickvale Centre: 28 Nov – 9 Dec
  • Tynecastle Comm. Wing: 28 Nov – 9 Dec
  • St Brides Centre: 28 Nov – 9 Dec
  • Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre: 28 Nov – 16 Dec
  • Broomhouse Centre: 12 Dec – 15 Dec
  • Craiglockhart Church: 29 Nov – 6 Dec
  • Gorgie Dalry Church: 6 Dec – 13 Dec

Here are some of our photos of the launch:


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