Our Stockbridge Event

(This is outside NTBCC's area, but may be of interest to some readers.)

Did you know that Stockbridge once had a beetroot factory?

Or that you could have a bath at Glenogle Baths for a shilling?
Or that Henderson Row used to have a wash house, with a rocking horse inside to keep children entertained whilst mothers did the weekly wash?

From tales of days spent playing peevers and tig in the streets, to painful school punishments and sneaking into empty buildings after dark, Our Stockbridge is a film project that brings together the memories of local residents who grew up in Stockbridge between 1920 and 1960 and the creativity of local modern-day 10-13 year olds.

All ages welcome. Click here to reserve your free tickets.

Let’s Make a Song and Dance About It: New Ways of Doing Church Together

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Churches Together)

When: Saturday 24 June 2017

Where: St Andrew’s and St George’s West, 13 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PA

10:30-12:00 with registration and  tea and coffee from 10:00

I’m delighted to draw your attention to a workshop to explore new forms of Church, an opportunity to share your story and learn new ideas, hosted by Edinburgh City Centre Churches Together and Edinburgh Churches Together.

The key speaker is A​lan Cowe, who will be talking about Greenside Church’s Arts & Entertainment Outreach.

As part of the workshop, we've also invited local churches together groups in Edinburgh to come  along and present for 5 minutes about the news, ventures and initiatives they have been involved with.

It is open to all and free, but registration would be helpful for catering purposes. Please register through:


Community Choices fund: new money for participatory budgeting

(adapted from an email from Citizen Participation Network.)

New: Community Choices Fund announced for 2017/18

The Scottish Government has announced the £1.5 million fund will be open for applications until 21st July 2017.

First launched in 2016/17, the Community Choices Fund has supported participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland.

For 2017/18, £1.5 million of the Community Choices Fund is available in two categories of £750,000 each:

  • Category one for Public Authorities which includes Local Authorities and other Public Bodies.
  • Category two for Community Organisations and Community Councils.

The fund aims to support PB activity which will significantly expand opportunities for more local people to make decisions on local spending priorities and contribute to local participatory democracy.

Targeted particularly at work in deprived areas, the fund aims to build on the support provided by the Scottish Government for PB since 2014 as part of a broader agenda around democratic innovation and engaged citizenship.

The closing date for applications is midnight 21 July 2017.

More information: https://pbscotland.scot/blog/2017/6/9/community-choices-fund-announced-for-201718

Some funding opportunities

(based on information sent by Loraine Duckworth of Edinburgh Council)

OneCity Trust

The OneCity Trust is pleased to announce that its main grant programme is now open for applications. Registered charities and constituted groups based in Edinburgh and focussing their work in the city with an annual income of less than £200,000 are invited to apply for funding for social inclusion projects meeting one or more of the priorities of (1) community connectedness (2) cultural bridging (3) civic inclusion

For more information, go to www.onecity.org.uk, telephone Elaine McCafferty on 0131 469 3856 or email 1718applications@onecity.org.uk.

Edinburgh Trust Community Fund

This is a new fund which registered charities, constituted groups, non-constituted groups, and individuals are all eligible to apply to. The application closing date is fairly soon: 21 April 2017.

To apply, go to http://www.evoc.org.uk/updates/edinburgh-trust-community-programme

For help with applications contact Christina Hinds, Development Worker, Telephone: 0131 555 9103