Saturday, 30 April 2016

Sciennes - Help us Win Funding for our Willow Tunnel TODAY

Can you help us to win funding for more playspace in the nature strip?

Anyone aged over eight has the chance THIS Saturday (30 April) to help us win funding to further extend the play area in the nature strip opposite the school.  

We are trying to get £2,310 of funding to build a willow structure in the grassy area of the nature strip, next to where the natural play area was built last summer.  This would provide an exciting learning opportunity for children – both at Sciennes and from the community - to experience different natural environments, the excitement of walking, bending, crawling and creating imaginary spaces. 

The funding would come from the City of Edinburgh Council’s South Central Neighbourhood Partnership – which covers a diverse area of the city from roughly Dumbiedykes to the Braids east/west and the Festival Theatre to Cameron Toll, north/south.  The neighbourhood partnership has previously helped Sciennes, through a funding grant for our new playground.

South Centra£ Decides is an event on Saturday 30 April from 11am to 3pm where residents of South Central, are asked to Voice your Choiceand decide which projects get funding from three different pots covering community grants as well as housing and roads.  This type of approach is known at Participatory Budgeting or PB as it is often known as - it's a system where local people decide on local money. This is the first time this system has been used in the area, although it has been a success in others areas of Edinburgh.

Sciennes is one of 22 community projects seeking funding.  Details of all the projects will be at the event and people are asked to score every project.  Those with the highest scores will then be awarded funding.  (Please note that a voter has to score each project – you cannot just come to the event and vote for one).

We would welcome support from Sciennes pupils, parents, carers and the wider Sciennes family if you are able to attend the event and give our project a high score vote!

South Centra£ Decides takes place at the Methodist Church Hall, 25 Nicolson Square (near to the Festival Theatre) from 11am-3pm next Saturday.

Further information on the event and projects to be considered is available on the neighbourhood partnership’s website as well as at the event.

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