I am extremely proud to have been elected to represent my community on Leith Links Community Council and I’m even prouder to say that we are a very active Community Council. We are not just a talking shop. We are an active body working hard to improve our community through direct action.
Finally, the time came to officially launch our Community Links Fund, our participatory budgeting funding process funded by the Scottish Government.
To be leading on this project with another equally passionate Community Councillor is such an honour. We are the only Community Council in Edinburgh to get funding to do this project, so it just shows that our hard work has paid off.
The event launch was a fairly quiet affair but those who did attend were very well connected with groups & individuals across our area.
I really cannot wait to see what projects get put forward by the community.
As an administrator of the I Love Leith Facebook Group, which currently has over 5000 members, I wondered if we could put our collective purses together to help those in need.
Leith and our group has a strong history of supporting those in need and I thought Christmas 2016 would be a good chance to do something good.
Edinburgh North East Foodbank runs local food banks throughout our area, so I thought why not raise £200 to help them out. We eventually raised £600, with that to be split 50/50 between groceries and toiletries. We used Justgiving as our online crowdfunding platform.
Members of the I Love Leith Facebook Group did themselves proud, our massive donation will help support other Leithers who are in need and help to alleviate poverty. All in all, we had 36 crates of shopping delivered to the food bank. A resounding success.
Massive thank you to everyone who donated, every pound made a difference and it gives me the confidence to perhaps try another crowdfunding campaign amongst members in 2017.