Working together to make your area better

What is a Neighbourhood Partnership?                                         

There are 12 Neighbourhood Partnerships (NPs) in Edinburgh. Each is made up of a variety of people - representatives from the local community (usually from Community Councils) the City of Edinburgh Council (local Councillors) the Police, Health, voluntary sector and other local organisations.

NPs work together to improve the quality of life in their local area. Much of the work is set out in a local community plan and delivered through sub groups, sometimes referred to as action groups.

How are you involved?

Because you live in your local community, you are the best people to ask about local issues and how best public services should be delivered there.

Your views are very important to us. They help us to shape local community plans, set priorities for each area and identify when there is an issue that needs to be addressed. We are always interested in hearing from people in the community directly.

We use a variety of ways to gather your views, including focus groups, surveys, consultations and public meetings and online methods. NPs try to attend a wide range of community events in their area to meet people. and hear about local concerns.

The nominated local community representatives on each NP (usually from Community Councils) make sure the views and concerns of local people are fed into the NP.

How can we support your initiatives?

We are not only interested in what we can do - we also support you too.

We can give small grants of up to £5,000 for local activities that meet local needs. Help us spend this on something that will support your community.

Improving the way we work together

On 30 September 2009, a one off event called Going Forward Together was held for 185 delegates representing each of the 12 NP areas. The day aimed to help us work better as partners by focussing on what we can achieve together.

You can find out more about that event by reading the Going Forward Together Report from the day.

Find out about your NP

To speak to someone about your NP, you can contact your local Partnership and Information Manager directly:

City Centre NP
Anna Herriman 0131 469 3853

Craigentinny & Duddingston NP
Mary Dunbar 0131 529 4415

Portobello & Craigmillar NP
Mary Dunbar 0131 529 4415

Liberton & Gilmerton NP
Evelyn Kilmurry 0131 529 5129

South Central NP
Evelyn Kilmurry 0131 529 5129

South West NP
Christine Doherty 0131 527 3830

Pentlands NP
Christine Doherty 0131 527 3830

Almond NP
Ewan McCormick 0131 469 5479

Western Edinburgh NP
Ewan McCormick 0131 469 5479

Forth NP
Martina McChrystal 0131 529 5001

Inverleith NP
Martina McChrystal 0131 529 5001

Leith NP
Anna Herriman 0131 529 7763

Website authors

Please click here for a list of authors for each of the NPs, and their contact details. Please contact us with your feedback or issues, or news stories of relevance to Neighbourhood Partnerships.