Local Conversation project recognised for COVID-19 community efforts

08 April 2021

A team including a project run through the Local Conversation in Muirhouse, supported by Community Renewal has been recognised for their work providing emergency food to their community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Local Conversation is funded by People’s Health Trust using money raised by Health Lottery Scotland.

The Fidra Court Community Kitchen project has formed part of the North Edinburgh COVID-19 Response and Recovery Group. This network was awarded the Inspiring Partnership Award at the Edinburgh Business Awards.

The North Edinburgh COVID-19 Response and Recovery Group formed in response to the issues surrounding access to food during the first COVID-19 lockdown. Many people who were told to shield in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were unable to access food due to being unable to secure deliveries.

Larger organisations in the area were able to coordinate large amounts of food deliveries, the volunteers that run the Fidra Court Community Kitchen through the Local Conversation in Muirhouse were one of the organisations that played a key role in connecting food supplies with individuals most in need in the community.

Local Conversation project organising food deliveries during COVID

This response demonstrated the speed and agility that third sector organisations and local groups can bring to a crisis response at a community level. The collaborative effort also highlighted the impact that can be made when statutory services work closely with third sector partners to tap into and harness understanding and experience of the local area.

The network of organisations has been working together since the start of the pandemic after realising the effectiveness of their collaborative efforts. As food provision has become less of an emergency priority, work is now being done to shift the focus of the group to work together on various priorities going forward into a recovery phase.

Local Conversation in Muirhouse Project Lead, Cara Babineau, said: “The connections made through the collaborative efforts of this group has certainly been a silver lining to the pandemic, and we're really grateful to be part of such a great network going forward.”

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, Liz McAreavey, said:

“Whilst the past year has been extremely challenging for us all as businesses and individuals, we have been inspired by the resilience, hard work and dedication of organisations across the city.

“The volume and quality of entries to our Awards this year is testament to this, and I’d like to thank all of our entrants. Huge congratulations to our shortlists and winners – all of which are truly deserving of the recognition.”

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Notes for editors:

Health Lottery Scotland

Health Lottery Scotland is a lottery which exists to address health inequalities in the East.  The lottery is licensed by the Gambling Commission and raises funds through The Health Lottery which are distributed by People’s Health Trust. https://www.healthlotteryscotland.org.uk/

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 12 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses issued by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk

The Health Lottery is an independent British lottery scheme with a difference. It manages 12 lotteries which operate under the banner of The Health Lottery. Each lottery is licensed by the Gambling Commission and represents a different region of Great Britain. 

These 12 regional lotteries will operate in a rotation, meaning that every area in England, Scotland and Wales gets a share of the funds raised. All are run for one specific purpose: Tackling health inequalities in their respective areas. By supporting local health causes, The Health Lottery is making a real difference every week to thousands of people across Great Britain. Over £100 million has been raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery.

People's Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local neighbourhoods to help create a society without health inequalities. It works closely with each of the regional and country lotteries raising money through The Health Lottery, and distributes grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

People living in the poorest neighbourhoods in Britain die, on average, seven years younger than people living in the richest neighbourhoods. What’s more, they will spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with an extra disability and have a lower quality of life. We believe that where people live should not unfairly reduce the length or the quality of their lives.

Local Conversations is a People’s Health Trust initiative which involves supporting residents to develop a shared vision for their community and take local action on issues that matter to them.

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