Muirhouse is a residential housing estate in the north of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. It is west of Granton (the housing estates of East Pilton and West Pilton), and East of Davidsons Mains. It is bounded to the south by Ferry Road and to the East by Pennywell Road.
The area is generally regarded as one of the most deprived areas of Edinburgh, with residents citing anti-social behaviour and drug use as major problems. However, in recent years major redevelopment of the area has started. Much of the area’s low-mid-rise housing has been, or is set to be demolished as part of the City Council’s plan to provide 1100 new council houses in some of the city’s most deprived estates.
Community Renewal covers the North of Edinburgh from our base in Muirhouse which has four areas in the top ten of the index of multiple deprivation. The most deprived datazone in Edinburgh is found in the intermediate zone of Muirhouse. It has a rank of 46, meaning that it is in the 5% most deprived in Scotland.
By embedding ourselves in communities and working in a sustained way with them we are able to affect long term changes.
We are working intensively on a variety of projects all underpinned by our asset based philosophy. We believe that the whole of our impact will be greater than the sum of our individual initiatives.
Based in Pennywell Shopping Sentre for the last seven years we provide an open door, drop-in service for any questions people in the local area have as well as delivering the below projects:
Integrated Employability Service– Assisting unemployed people to gain employment through providing CV’s, job search assistance and signposting to specialist organisations to help improve quality of life.
Employability Safety Net– Working with 16-19 year olds in North Edinburgh to remove barriers that are hindering them from accessing employment training, jobs and work placement opportunities.
Community Engagement– Using our Listening Survey process we speak to local residents on their doorstep, in the street and in our office to gain a better understanding of the issues the local area is having. We empower local people to begin a process of bringing about positive change to their neighbourhood.