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Project information

Craigmillar Community Grows

This project will harness the power of community growing to generate positive change for individuals and the wider community in Craigmillar, Edinburgh.Working with local partner organisations and groups we will provide a dedicated, specialist resource to support, encourage and develop local gardens.

September 2016 - August 2017

Charity information: Carr Gomm

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  • Need


    Craigmillar is one of the 5% most deprived communities in Scotland. Life is tough for many people living here. Poverty, low levels of education and employment, social isolation, a degraded environment, and poor physical and mental health are big challenges. Our scoping exercise identified particular need and many potential partners but what is lacking is a dedicated, specialist resource to develop the skills and foster the capacity of local people to take advantage of the opportunities available.


    Our experienced community development worker will work with each group to develop their own plans and activities, helping to increase capacity, foster the group’s ownership of their project and support its long-term sustainability.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build capacity with existing Growing Groups


    » Through our suite of courses and workshops our community development worker will increase the capacity of local groups.

    What success will look like

    Existing growing groups will be more self sustaining.

    Aim 2

    Encourage other growing groups within Craigmillar


    » We will reach out to other local groups in Craigmillar who have expressed an interest in growing and learn how to support them.

    What success will look like

    Groups who wish to become involved in growing will have done so.

    Aim 3

    To improve the physical and mental health of participants


    » We will encourage participants to be physically and mentally active to increase their health and wellbeing.

    What success will look like

    People taking part will have improved their health.

    Aim 4

    To improve the skills and confidence of participants


    » We will foster an environment where skills and confidence are increased and people can see their achievements.

    What success will look like

    People taking will have gained skills and increased self confidence.

    Aim 5

    Reduce social isolation


    » We will encourage those who are socially isolated to take part in growing activities to reduce their isolation and bond with their community.

    What success will look like

    People taking part will be less socially isolated and more connected to their community

  • Impact


    The residents of Craigmillar will have improve their health and wellbeing and have better life chances leading to a reduction in demand for health and social care services. There will be increased community cohesion and the environment of Craigmillar will be improved.


    The priorities of existing partners in the project could change over time leading to reduced involvement. However as there are many other potential partners and groups who have expressed an interest in growing we feel this risk is mitigated.


    We will use donors own reporting mechanism where they exist and discuss with other donors how they would like to receive information on the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £29,000 staff costs staff costs
      £8,500 materials and service costs materials
      £2,500 other costs others

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Robertson Trust £15,000 Conditional
  • Background


    This project will take place at various sites in Craigmillar, a deprived neighbourhood in the East of Edinburgh. This includes schools, community gardens and growing projects, local community groups serving young people and the elderly as well as the local gypsy travellers site.


    12 local community groups including the local primary school, church, and groups supporting the elderly, young people with mental health problems as well as existing growing groups will benefit. We expect to work with at least 150 people, improving skills and health and social capital.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our approach is to build partnerships, adding value to in disadvantaged communities. We already operate a well-regarded ‘social prescribing’ service in partnership with local GP practices helping to link local people to non-medical sources of support. Our track record with Lochend Growers and ongoing support for other community growing initiatives in Edinburgh has enabled us to develop an extensive library of tools and materials. This means our team is ready and able to support local groups.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Scott McNair

    Scott is an experienced community development worker he knows well the power of growing as a vehicle to bring people together to build relationships.

    Eilidh MacDonald

    Eilidh has over 20 years of experience in managing projects to ensure that they deliver positive impact impact.

    Karin Chipulina

    Karin has extensive expertise in community growing; she is extremely knowledgable about horticulture and how it can benefit participants