South West Edinburgh Projects to Benefit From Scottish Government Funding

Now that all of the applicants have been notified of their funding outcomes, we wanted to share the good news with the rest of you! A total of seventeen projects will benefit from a share of the £20,000 funding from the Scottish Government’s Investing in Communities Fund (ICF) that we announced a few weeks back.

These projects will serve to meet a number of priorities affecting our community, including developing community wellbeing, providing employment opportunities, improving communication, supporting families in need, and reducing social isolation.

A series of community votes were held by Space in order to determine which projects would receive funding from the award. We held polls both in-person and online, with an incredible 2,000 votes cast!

Neil Hay, CEO of Space @ The Broomhouse Hub, said:

Congratulations to all the successful applicants. We really were overwhelmed by the ingenuity and thought that goes into helping our diverse communities. Although The Hub has been at the heart of the community for over 30 years, it is refreshing to see new projects, ideas and plans coming to fruition as we all work together to meet the changing needs of the locality.

Thank you to all of the community members that took part in voting! We look forward to seeing these projects develop over the next couple of months, watch this space for updates!


The full list of grants awarded from this fund:

£2,000 – Broomhouse Community Growers

Supporting existing garden and orchard. Planting, growing and learning opportunities for 20 residents, providing a therapeutic environment for local community groups of all ages, plus food distribution within the local community.

£2,000 – The BIG Project

In response to requests from young people, the project would produce and perform the play ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’. Weekly drama sessions would begin in February and culminate in a community performance of the play in May.

£1,920 – B Healthy Together

Providing further Yoga for Sleep and Yoga for Relaxation classes to members of the South West Edinburgh community following successful pilots last year.

£1,500 – Bridge 8 Hub CIC

Get Fit for Spring Wellbeing Programme. 10 Weeks of activities including walking, cycling, and paddling. Socially inclusive activities promoting health and wellbeing, with lunch provided and an additional 10 weekends of free cycle hire for up to 60 individuals.

£1,500 – Starcatchers

Inspirational family sessions delivered at the Community Wellbeing Collective in Westside Plaza. Activities are open to all children aged 0-5 and their grown-ups who live in the South West Edinburgh area.

£1,250 – The Speech Language Communication Company (SLCo)

Enhancing the existing weekly, mixed-activity club for children and young people aged 5 – 17 with additional support needs. Follows child-led interests from a wide range of resources and fun activities.

£1,240 – Anna’s Move It or Lose It

Weekly classes to help elderly people, including those with dementia, to stay active, strong, and independent whilst reducing loneliness and social isolation.

£1,240 – St. Joseph’s R.C. Primary School

Supporting an 8-week programme of weekly sports clubs at St Joseph’s, such as Dance, Karate, and Basketball, with a dedicated club covering each year group.

£1,200 – Community Wellbeing Collective

Free fitness and movement activities, such as yoga and Zumba, 4 times a week for beginner-level fitness enthusiasts and open to those that are not used to exercising.

£1,200– Four Square

Creating a small grant scheme which can provide service users with access to emergency support, such as fuel cards, supermarket vouchers, bus passes, and access to affordable appliances.

£1,200 – Mind You, Health & Wellbeing

An 8-week programme delivering education on mindfulness practices to improve the mental well-being of children and young people. Delivering practical tips in a fun and engaging way.

£1,000 – The WHY Project

Development of the Wee Haven Youth (WHY) Board, offering 5-12 young people the opportunity to develop their communication skills and gain confidence. Up to 120 young people will benefit from their peers’ involvement in making decisions for young people by young people.

£800 – People Know How

Setting up a ‘digital-café’ in Broomhouse Hub café for free digital support, a chat and a cuppa, making digital access affordable, simple and fun!

£600 – Your Yoga Edinburgh

A dedicated 12-week programme of weekly yoga sessions for parents and carers, with additional fortnightly sessions suitable for children as well.

£500 – With Kids

Purchase of play resources to better reflect the families that With Kids works with. This will include dolls, puppets, figures, or other toys representing people from different family structures, occupations, ethnicities, and abilities.

£450 – South West Fun Run

Development of a free fun run that people of all ages can participate in, encouraging an ongoing interest in exercise and fun activities.

£400 – Parents at Longstone Primary School

Supporting refurbishment of the school library so that students have a dedicated, suitable library space to enjoy.