Community Renewal: Pennywell is our neighbourhood team in Muirhouse and West Pilton established for over fifteen years. Our aim is simple:
Whatever you want to talk about, we will listen, we will connect you to the help you need, build on your strengths and stick with you for as long as it takes.
Drop in Monday-Friday 10am-4pm or get in touch with our team:
☎️ 0300 365 0025
🚶 Community Renewal: Pennywell, 31 Pennywell Rd, Edinburgh, EH4 4PJ
Some of the specific services we can offer are detailed below including work covering employment support, family support, housing/benefits, health/wellbeing and empowering residents improving the neighbourhood together. We are also part of a number of thriving networks of local partners and can help connect you to their support too, just ask. We are open almost every day – please just come in whether you want to talk about your needs, your family or your neighbourhood.
Our work in includes:
A more dignified way for local people to access affordable nutritious food and a gateway to getting more help. Our pantry is always looking for new members (from £4.50 per week), more volunteers and more donations.
The team can offer employment support, CSCS training and benefits advice (including Universal Credit and Scottish Child Payment). This is mostly only available for unemployed people but we try to support people facing hardship while in-work too. Whether you want quick support with a CV and preparing for an interview or if you need a lot of support to return to work after a long period of unemployment we will be there for you. This is funded by City of Edinburgh Council.
Our Community Link Workers are embedded into the local GP practice. They can link people to the support they need in the local community to make them flourish – this is sometimes called social prescribing. To get a referral you need to speak to Muirhouse GP Practice. If you want more information about community services and activities in our local area you can see a guide here. To understand our organisation’s unique perspective on how Scotland could improve community health and wellbeing around Primary Care please click here for more information. This is funded by NHS Lothian.
Anyone can come to get support from our team, but we choose to run specialist work for children including meet ups and social activities for our local youth groups. We have set up a youth forum (see the Local Conversation below) to empower young people to have a voice and make a difference in their neighbourhood. We create volunteering roles and paid 6 month work placements for young people to help improve their life chances as well as having a specialist programme for disengaged young people (sadly this is currently on hold). We also offer support for whole families, including a course for parents to get in control of this lives and become peer coaches themselves. This is funded by the People’s Health Trust and Scottish Government.
Our neighbourhood team can help link local residents up with our city-wide and national programmes tackling funeral poverty by offering community support, affordable cremations and impartial advice on funeral practicalities, funeral costs and the emotional toll of funerals.
Empowering Muirhouse through our Local Conversation
Local residents are ever more in control over the design and approach of Community Renewal Pennywell and our priorities. This is in part done through our Community Forum and in particular our People’s Health Trust funded project called Local Conversations. This programme is all about listening to local people and build up their collective voice for community action.
The residents vision is: empowered, sustainable, collective Local Conversation community action at the heart of campaigning for Muirhouse to be a beautiful place, where no one gets left behind and a healthy community thrives. The way we have been asked to do this is to build capacity of the community to design, deliver, promote and govern their own sustainable community action including helping them grow their own fundraising, diversity, and lobbying.
Local residents have established three priorities: 1) bringing the community together to reduce social isolation and to collectively take action on housing and rights issues; 2) improving the local environment; and 3) giving young people opportunities for their voice to be heard.
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