Prospect is proud to be firmly rooted within the local community.
We listen to local priorities, work with community partners and raise funding to develop initiatives that help build the community of Wester Hailes. We support all sorts of projects from employability training to a Fun Run. Our current projects include:
Wester Hailes Connects
Wester Hailes Connects aims to help people get online and improve their digital skills. Funded by the Power Up initiative, Wester Hailes Connects offer flexible drop ins, short courses, training, volunteering opportunities, employability support and progression routes to join up local provision. Prospect is delighted to be the lead partner and fundholder for this project, working with WHALE Arts, SCOREscotland, CHAI and Open Heavens Church. Power Up is an initiative by Good Things Foundation, with the financial support of J.P Morgan.
Westburn Woods is a woodlands located within the Westburn area. Owned by Prospect, it is a small but significant piece of greenspace, bordered by the Union Canal. Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, more local people will be able to find out about the woods’ natural heritage, and the trees, plants and wildlife that are part of the woodland environment. We are working with Edinburgh And Lothian Greenspace Trust who will deliver weekly sessions in the woods with a focus on conservation skills, supporting local residents to develop this space as a community asset. Activities will include bulb planting, tree crown lifting, thinning, learning to identify trees, and bushcraft.
Wester Hailes Community Trust
Along with other local organisations and residents, we have been playing an active role in a new community capacity building initiative, the Wester Hailes Community Trust. The Hunter Foundation supported this venture with £65,000 over 3 years. The Trust is about local people making decisions and identifying ways to make a positive difference to the area. In 2020 the Trust is focused on supporting activities and working with other local stakeholders to develop a Local Place Plan for Wester Hailes.
Wester Hailes Lockdown Pentathlon 2020
Prospect usually supports the annual Fun Run, a community celebration event which is organised by a partnership of local organisations and residents. This year the Fun Run is not able to take place due to the Coronavirus situation and social distancing requirements. The Planning Group are organising an online series of challenges for children instead. The emphasis is on having fun and staying fit. Prospect is assisting with the event registration and there is a Fair Processing Notice for the Lockdown Pentathlon which gives further details on how we collect, process and store personal data as part of the registration process.
From There To Here
At Prospect we think that the community's history should be remembered and celebrated. We set up a blog and a Facebook page to make sure everyone could read about past achievements and see the photos from across the decades.
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