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:
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library puts books into the hands and hearts of children across the world. The Imagination Library sends a brand new age appropriate book in the post each month to all registered children from birth until their 5th birthday. We are partnering with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library so that children in Prospect homes can receive new books free of charge. If you are a Prospect tenant, all you need to do to register your child is complete and sign a short form and return it to the office. We can then enrol your child into the programme and there will be no cost for you. You can download a form here: Imagination Library Registration Form, or we can send one out to you with a Freepost envelope.
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. As part of the project we also have a new Westburn Woods Management Plan and a summary Management Plan.
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 2022 the Trust is focused on supporting activities and working with other local stakeholders to develop a Local Place Plan for Wester Hailes. It has appointed Urban Pioneers to carry out this work, and they are currently talking to the community along a consultation route.
Wester Hailes Fun Run
Prospect supports the annual Fun Run, a community celebration event which is organised by a partnership of local organisations and residents. The emphasis is on having fun and staying fit. After 2 years absence, the Fun Run planning group are hoping to hold a Fun Run on Sunday 12th June 2022. Prospect is responsible for the registration and we have a seperate Fun Run Fair Processing Notice for our processing of personal data for the event. The route for the 2022 Fun Run is available here: 2022 Fun Run route
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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