Our Community Engagements So Far
As part of the community benefits scheme, pupils from Pilrig Park, St Mary’s R.C. Primary School, Leith Primary School, Victoria Primary School and Broughton Primary School all received a special visit from Santa and his elves. A Trams to Newhaven sleigh/pickup hybrid went dashing through the streets of Leith parking up in each of the school’s playgrounds. In keeping with Government guidelines, individual classes were invited outside to see Santa, spreading some much-needed festive cheer around the local area. Over 1500 selection boxes were distributed between the schools involved, all donated from the project’s partners.
The visits come after all schools in the area were invited to help decorate the project work site with Christmas themed posters created by local school children. These were be displayed on large boards placed on near the site close to their school.
Further to our Christmas schools campaign, we donated food and toys to Shore Avocado, working on behalf of the Hibernian Football Club Girls Academy collating items for Leith Food Bank. Items were also donated items to Streetwork at Simon Community Scotland and food boxes donated to Leith Gives.
South Leith Parish Church Ramp
We have installed a new pedestrian access ramp in the grounds of South Leith Parish Church. This was greatly received by the church's Rev Iain May who said:
Many members of the church and local community have praised the new ramp and the access it has provided for those with mobility difficulties. I know some may say 'it is only a ramp' but I can assure you, it had made the life of many in Leith just that wee bit easier.
Earlier this year, we ran a scavenger hunt for local children, young people and families over the school break. We installed nine Easter community engagement boards throughout the route of the project and asked participants to visit the boards and answer the questions on each of the boards. Every participant recieved a prize from the project. Over 150 people got involved in the campaign, with over 350 Easter surprises going to the participants of the hunt and local community groups Citadel, Hibs in the Community, Hibernian Girls Academy and Streetwork.