Firstport partnered with Good Ideas Academy at The Melting Pot to deliver its first seed funds of £500. After two intensive weekend camps in November 2016 to explore ideas, 4 people successfully went on to pitch their ideas to receive a seed fund award of £500 and develop that as part of the bigger Good Ideas Academy Class of 2017.
We then joined up with Edinburgh Tool Library, ETL is the UK’s first tool library, promoting sharing as a way of reducing environmental impact. They lend their members tools for DIY, gardening, decorating and machine repair, so that they don’t need to own them. This collaborative approach makes sense environmentally, and it also helps the members financially.
Recently, ETL has begun to focus on empowering its volunteers to develop their project management and entrepreneurial skills. Together with Firstport and CGI, ETL developed the 'Volunteer Assembly'. The Volunteer Assembly is a gathering where volunteers vote on projects proposed by members of the public. In January 2017, the volunteers assembled to hear proposals for book sharing facilities, mushroom boxes, and a community garden for young people at risk of homelessness. After a very close vote, Sanel Contreras’ project to build a garden for a Cyrenian community won. Read his story here.
The latest Volunteer Assembly took place on 8 May 2017, with Rachel Arthur delivering the winning pitch. Watch this space for the announcement of our next assembly!
Next we linked with Community Alliance Trust, CAT is a development trust that serves the Greater Craigmillar area of Edinburgh. It was set up in 2011 to develop community assets and new social enterprise initiatives in the Craigmillar area and improve the quality of life of Craigmillar residents.
We’ve made 5 awards to individuals and will update you as they progress.
Now we’re linking with North Edinburgh Arts and the people of Muirhouse and Pilton to find those people with good ideas for their communities. The North Edinburgh Community Chest competition will run from 3rd April to 30th June 2017 so if you live in North Edinburgh and have a good idea, APPLY NOW!
The project is sponsored by CGI, CGI have obtained the contract to deliver ICT services for the City of Edinburgh Council until 2023. As part of their Community Benefit Clause contained within the bid, CGI have committed to supporting Edinburgh’s communities through locally based initiatives. One of these initiatives is focused on social entrepreneurship.