A plate full of memories

Alice had never eaten lamb before she came to Scotland. In the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe she had grown up learning that it was a forbidden food, ‘I think it comes down to the ‘lamb of God’’ she says, ‘But then in Scotland everyone around me was eating lamb… and I ended up eating it too?’

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Childcare: investing in our future

Each child will be actively encouraged to become a confident individual, successful learner, effective contributor and responsible citizen. North Edinburgh Childcare

‘Please don’t make childcare an afterthought.’ The heartfelt message from Theresa Allison is clear and simple. Good quality childcare is an investment in the next generation – or to put it another way, in the future of Scotland. ‘It’s much more than babysitting.’

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Dads Rock five years old – and counting

Dads are vital to helping our kids get the best start in life. One of our main priorities for 2017 is supporting more young dads.

Dads Rock turns five this week and, like all parents, the three founding fathers can’t quite believe it. As they prepare for a quiet celebration – there will be birthday cake – they have eyes firmly fixed on the next five years. Continue reading “Dads Rock five years old – and counting”

Active Inquiry, LeithLate open eyes and minds: Wall of Success

It’s one of the transforming powers of art that it can help change the way we see familiar things, not least the places where we live. Joyce MacMillan

Leith is home to many artists.  This week the Wall of Success celebrates the remarkable achievements of two creative pioneers. In different ways their work transforms the place that helps to inspire them   – while LeithLate brings art into streets and cafes, Active Inquiry turns real life into activist theatre.    Continue reading “Active Inquiry, LeithLate open eyes and minds: Wall of Success”

The State Leith: high kicks on the Wall of Success

‘We aim for young people to be accepted as full members of the communities in which they live and learn.’

This is a Wall of Success story to make you smile. The sheer vitality of the young talent displayed on The State Leith is cheering enough, especially in the grey days of early January. It starts with having fun. But the aims of this adventurous young community interest company go much further.

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Housing and energy: Wall of Success

‘If you are homeless there is no such thing as social mobility’ Josh Littlejohn

We lay the foundations of the ‘Wall of Success’ by reporting local achievements and aspirations in housing and energy. Meet Port of Leith Housing Association and Home Energy Scotland. But first, let’s set the scene with inspiration from an ambitious social enterprise. Continue reading “Housing and energy: Wall of Success”

Planting colour in Newhaven

‘It all started with a desire to improve the vista and environment in Newhaven and fortunately we had the backing of Newhaven Heritage Centre…’ In this lovely guest blogpost, Heather Yang tells the cheering story of Newhaven Heritage Community Garden.  Now over to Heather…

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How do we build a Wall of Success?

What do we need to build a Wall of Success?  That’s our challenge this week with the clock ticking for The Gathering on Saturday.  As we start planning, something intriguing emerges from the stories in front of us.

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Sharing secrets of success with Josh Littlejohn

Social Bite is a “Social Business”, meaning that no matter how big it grows, no individual will ever get rich from the business. Josh Littlejohn

Josh Littlejohn of the social business Social Bite is pretty busy these days.  So we are really delighted he is finding time to give the keynote speech at The Gathering on Saturday 3 December.

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Taboos, temptations – and a little Eve’s pudding

What to cook for the Being Human Festival event? Treading softly through food taboos, World Kitchen in Leith has drawn up a tempting menu with dishes sending aromas sizzling through cyberspace in a rapid exchange of emails between the cooks. Continue reading “Taboos, temptations – and a little Eve’s pudding”