Spaces for People in Gorgie Dalry – Update

We are pleased to report that the City of Edinburgh Council has responded to our Spaces for People suggestions and survey results for safer physical distancing measures in Gorgie and Dalry!

The council officer wrote to Cllr Ashley Graczyk’s follow up enquiry:

“We have been working on this for the last week and the survey information carried out by GDCC has been extremely useful in designing the proposed temporary measures which could lead to more permanent changes. Once the proposals have been checked they will be presented to Local Councillors and Community Councils for comment. We are aiming for the measures to be implemented in June and hopefully early June. Please pass on our thanks to GDCC as their work was really helpful.”

An absolutely huge thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out, share, and support our survey!

We will update further when we have more detail on the proposed temporary measures.

Support Available in Gorgie and Dalry

LOVE Gorgie Farm have compiled a list of organisations offering a variety of support in and around the Gorgie Dalry area, which are pleased to share and have added to. Please consult this list if you need or know someone needing help at this difficult time.

We urge those who can afford it to support these organisations doing vital work in our community, any way you can.

Food Banks

For location of foobdanks not on the map (listed here), click on the name of each foodbank:

Broomhouse Hub: offering hot, chilled, ready meals, and food parcels for pick up or delivery. This is either on a voucher system distributed to the families of children on free school meals or by referral from social workers, GPs, or other agencies. Referral forms can be obtained from Chrysa at events@spacescot.org

Community One Stop Shop: self-referral foodbank Mon-Thurs 10am-3pm, Fri 10am-12pm

Edinburgh Food ProjectIf you need help the quickest way is to call 0131 444 0030 You can also email: info@edinburghnw.foodbank.org.uk

Edible Estates: offering to deliver food parcels – email to contact: Stacey@thehealthagency.org.uk or emma@thehealthagency.org.uk

LOVE Gorgie Farm: food bank can be accessed by emailing gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk or messaging them on social media.

Oxgangs Community Church: offers food shopping and collecting of prescriptions. Have some funds for essential/emergency food provision. Please contact matt@oxgangs.church

Salvation Army Gorgiefoodbank open on Mon/Wed/Fri from 1-3pm

SCORE Community Fridge: is providing home deliveries and will only be delivering to those who need emergency food. For more information contact the office on 0131 442 2341.

St Salvador’s Church: self-referral foodbank every Wednesday from 12-1.30pm

Stenhouse Primary: free packed lunches every weekday outside Stenhouse Baptist Church (1.30-2.30pm).

Tynecastle High School: Tynecastle High School foodbank (as promoted by Big Hearts) will be open for drop in collections on a Thursday (9am-midday) and referrals and self-referrals can be made on 0131 603 4928. Deliveries and pickups. Collections available from the BMC club on Gorgie Road next to Sainsbury’s.

 

Health and Well-being

Health All Round and The Health Agency

Health All Round and The Health Agency have a range of exercise classes available via Facebook. They are on Facebook but you can access them without having an account.

https://www.facebook.com/Health-All-Round-271272086242375

https://www.facebook.com/WesterHailesHealthAgency/

Home Start Edinburgh West and South West

Home Start Edinburgh West and South West continue to offer free and confidential distance support for families with at least one child under 5. Support can be 1:1 with a member of staff or a trained volunteer who can call, video call or message regularly. In addition, we run online Peep groups for parents with babies to chat, sing, and read stories. Home Start also has access to a discretionary Save the Children Emergency Fund for families referred by their Health Visitor or a partner organisation. If you’d like to find out more we will pick up messages from our voicemail on 0131-564-1540, or e-mail us at help@hsew.org.uk. You can also follow them on Facebook where they are providing daily updates and activity ideas:

https://en-gb.facebook.com/HomeStartEdinburghWestSouthWest/

The Welcoming Association

The Welcoming Association are maintaining a range of friendship and befriending services, including group befriending (online friendship) for refugee, asylum seeker, migrant and BAME newcomers to Edinburgh.

  • Weekly Cultural Exchange for Women – *New start time* Tuesdays, 12pm-1pm – women only. A relaxed social space for women in Edinburgh to share stories, culture, craft and friendship, integrating opportunities for newcomer women to practice English language.
  • Women’s Friendship Group (Arabic/English) *Starts Wednesday 13th May* Wednesdays, 2pm-3pm – women only. A multi-cultural women’s group that openly welcomes Arabic speaking newcomers to Edinburgh to share friendship, practice English and build community.
  • Weekly Wee Blether Online Thursdays, 3.30pm-4.30pm. An informal and friendly conversation group for newcomers to Edinburgh to practice English and discuss a range of interesting topics. All Welcome.
  • Together Time from Home – *New group* Fridays, 3.30pm-4.30pm. An opportunity for newcomers to Edinburgh to chat, share a ‘virtual’ cup of tea with old and new friends, and build community. All Welcome.

Contacts for more information on friendship services:

The Welcoming is also offering an online Arabic COVID-19 discussion group. The group aims to provide general online support and discussion around how our service users are coping with the current COVID-19 situation. Contact Saad Ibrahim (07405 585 825) for more information.

The Welcoming is also offering three online English classes per week at different levels. Numbers are limited to 12 people per class. Join the Welcoming Members Facebook group to access the zoom online classes:

  • Upper-Intermediate, Tuesdays at 12:00pm.
  • Beginners, Wednesdays at 11:00am
  • Intermediate, Thursdays at 11:00am

Contact David Carpenter for more information. They are also delivering online digital skills in Arabic for online driving applications and driving theory tests. Contact Saad Ibrahim (07405 585 825) for more information.

South West Lifelong Learning

South West Lifelong Learning continue to use the local library Facebook pages to post information on a range of topics, including local information and national learning resources such as Future Learn:

https://www.futurelearn.com/…/collections/the-skills-toolkit

 

Money and Employment Advice

Community Help and Advice Initiative

Chai provides money advice, including what can you claim if you’re an employee, if you’re self-employed, or if you have been laid off.

Email: chai@chaiedinburgh.org.uk

Website: http://www.chaiedinburgh.org.uk/coronavirus-what-help-is-a…/

CHAI Advice Service: 0131 442 1009

Four Square

Four Square are offering a Personal Transition Service, a personled, transitional and strength-based support for people going through the toughest of life transitions. This is available for any 16+. To find out more or to make a referral, please email kirstenm@foursquare.org.uk.

Maximise

Maximise is a free welfare and benefit advice service supporting families who have a child who attends school at WHEC, Sighthill, Canal View and Clovenstone primaries and can receive support.

Tel: 0131 442 2100 or 0131 446 2300

Scottish Welfare Fund

The Scottish Welfare Fund supports anyone facing financial hardship can check eligibility for crisis grants within 24hours or potentially be issued a foodbank voucher.

Tel: 0131 529 5299

Email: welfarefundteam@edinburgh.gov.uk

Social Security Scotland

Social Security Scotland also have a number of links and resources that can be found here https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/…/…/coronavirus-covid-19

The Welcoming Association

The Welcoming offer on-line Employment Guidance, for employment, career, business or skills development support.

Contact David Allan (07748675876) to suggest a time and he will send you a ZOOM invitation to meet. He is also hosting two 40 minute question & answer drop-ins, weekly on: Tuesdays at 15.50 and Thursdays at 10.00 am.

 

Donate

LOVE Gorgie Farm: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/LoveGorgie

Big Hearts: http://www.bighearts.org.uk/support-us/donations/

Salvation Army Gorgie: https://donate.salvationarmy.org.uk/b/my-donation?cid=279&_cv=1

The Welcoming: https://www.thewelcoming.org/donate/

 

If you run a project in Gorgie and Dalry and want to be listed on this page, please send us a message: https://gorgiedalrycc.org.uk/contact-2/

GDCC Public Meeting: 1st June 2020, 7pm

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis we will be holding our monthly Public Meetings online until further notice. Our next meeting is at 7pm on Monday 1st June. Please send any items to be included on the agenda to gorgiedalrycc@hotmail.com by Monday 25th May.

Join us to find out what’s been happening in your local community, or bring an issue to our attention. Whether you want to promote a community activity or are concerned about an issue which affects local residents, we can either help you or put you in touch with someone who can!

Agenda – Monday 1st June

  • Welcome
  • Present and apologies
  • Matters arising & minutes of previous meeting
  • Planning
  • Correspondence
    • New website
    • Signposting coronavirus support
    • Spaces for People update
    • CV Enterprises
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Councillors Reports
  • Parks
  • Events
  • Any Other Council Business (AOCB)
  • Date of Next Meeting (DONM)

If you wish to join the meeting on Zoom, whether using your computer or by dialling in over the phone, please contact us: gorgiedalrycc@hotmail.com and we will send you the details. We are following this approach to improve the online security of the meeting.

If you know someone who would like to join, but is not connected to the internet, please email us and we will do everything we can to facilitate their participation via the phone!

Spaces for People: Suggestions for Gorgie and Dalry

At our last meeting the community council supported the notion of trying to increase the available space for active travel and social distancing. We have been surveying the community for their opinions and ideas, this survey has received a large amount of engagement with 73 respondents over a few days. We have also contacted Sustrans and the officers at the City of Edinburgh Council, Sustrans responded with advice on how to proceed and the funding available and we are still waiting for a reply from the council.

The council prior to a meeting with councillors on creating space for people in Edinburgh’s streets published a document “Creating Safe Spaces for Walking and Cycling”, this details the type of interventions the council are considering. We appreciate that Gorgie and Dalry are mentioned in the document as an example of where footways could be widened, public space extended and cycle lanes created.

However, we are concerned that the situation in Gorgie and Dalry is not being viewed as a priority. The proposed measures on Gorgie and Dalry roads are to be delivered on the longest timescale, with an estimated completion in July or later. This is not at all consistent with the summary in the report relating to our area, which states that “ Busy and narrow footways will mean physical distancing will be impossible as people return.” We agree with this assessment of our footways as often being narrow, our survey found that 98.6% of respondents thought that areas are too narrow to socially distance . We can assume that 36% of respondents don’t use or have access to a car, and 67% have said that their use of public transport has decreased , having alternative solutions to travelling safely around the city is required as many won’t have the option of the car.

Our full submission of Key Findings and suggestions to city councillors (PDF)

Spaces For People Survey: summarised responses (PDF)

Accordingly, we would ask the council to seriously look at accelerating the time scales for interventions in our area. We do understand the council has limited capacity to make these types of interventions however Gorgie and Dalry are prime candidates. With the geography of the area being one constrained by railways and large roads, those living in this area necessarily use either Gorgie or Dalry Roads; these both have narrow pavements and are difficult for pedestrians. Unlike many areas in Edinburgh the majority live in tenement flats with little access to garden space and large parks. The demography of the area according to SIMD is less prosperous than our neighbouring areas to the North or South; social equity demands that our areas not be ignored and left behind.

Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey and contacted us about this issue! If you have more you would like to raise about Spaces for People please send us a comment or an email: gorgiedalrycc@hotmail.com

 

Spaces For People Survey

Spaces for People is a new, temporary infrastructure programme in Scotland which offers funding and support to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for essential trips and exercise during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Following correspondence from residents and discussion at our May public meeting, we have created a short survey to engage with Sustrans and the City of Edinburgh Council to improve infrastructure in Gorgie and Dalry, in light of recent social distancing guidelines: Gorgie Dalry Community Council – Spaces For People Survey

We are keen to hear from local residents what you think are possible barriers to social distancing in the area, and what could be done to make temporary improvements to facilitate social distancing, i.e widening pavements. Anything you enter on this form will be used to campaign for improvements to public space in Gorgie and Dalry, and it should only take five minutes to complete, depending on how detailed you want to be.

For an idea of potential local measures we have also created a web map, and we will update this with results from the survey: Gorgie Dalry Spaces For People Web Map

If you have any questions, please get in touch via gorgiedalrycc@hotmail.com

 

GDCC Public Meeting: 4th May 2020, 7pm

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis we will be holding our monthly Public Meetings online until further notice. Our next meeting is at 7pm on Monday 4th May.

Join us to find out what’s been happening in your local community, or bring an issue to our attention. Whether you want to promote a community activity or are concerned about an issue which affects local residents, we can either help you or put you in touch with someone who can!

If you wish to join the meeting on Zoom, whether using your computer or by dialling in over the phone, please contact us: gorgiedalrycc@hotmail.com and we will send you the details. We are following this approach to improve the online security of the meeting.

If you know someone who would like to join, but is not connected to the internet, please email us and we will do everything we can to facilitate their participation via the phone!

Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Present and apologies
  • Matters arising & minutes of previous meeting
  • Planning
    • Haymarket Yards
  • Correspondence
    • Social/Physical distancing challenges
    • Potential Food Bank Donation
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Social Media Report
    • ‘About’ section of website (separate paper will be shared at the meeting)
  • Councillors Reports
  • Parks
    • Park Clean-ups
  • Events
    • Gorgie Dalry Gala Day meeting update
  • Any Other Council Business (AOCB)
  • Date of Next Meeting (DONM)

For minutes of previous meetings please see: https://gorgiedalrycc.org.uk/minutes-of-meetings/

We look forward to seeing you (online)!

Gorgie Road Scotmid Development

Gorgie Dalry Community Council voted to support the Scotmid development on Gorgie Road after several in-depth discussions with the developers and consultation with the local residents who attended our meetings. The design was modified and improved during the course of these discussions.

We are all volunteers and based our decision on the information available to us at the time.

Several local residents attended our meeting on the 1st April to express their opposition to the Scotmid Development. After listening to their concerns, we chose to meet to discuss the situation. We were, however, advised that 7 days notice would have to be given for a properly constituted meeting of the community council that would be able to reverse a previous decision (if based on incorrect, erroneous or incomplete information). As the final date for planning submissions is the 8th of April, we were not able to vote again on the issue.

We had advertised the Scotmid consultation in November:

https://gorgiedalrycc.org.uk/2018/11/05/gorgie-road-scotmid-public-consultation-6th-and-7th-nov-2018/

And posted in advance the agendas of two of the meetings where Scotmid attended.

https://gorgiedalrycc.org.uk/agendas-of-meetings/

GDCC meeting 6.30pm, 4th February 2019

The next Gorgie Dalry Community Council meeting will be at 6.30pm on Monday 4th February in Gorgie Dalry Parish Church. Note the early start time.

Agenda

  •  A presentation by Ross Manson on an update on their revised plans for the Scotmid development.
  • Sean Glilchrist with a presentation on pavement improvements.
  • A presentation on student accommodation at Westfield.