Pilton Community Health Project has been working in the Pilton area since 1984 – that makes it the oldest community health project in Scotland.
We use a social model of health – looking at how health is affected by everyday life such as the political, social, economic, environmental and cultural factors which shape the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age. It is as much about the quality of your emotional and social situation as about your experience of disease or disability.
We are rooted in the community and have always worked using a community development approach to tackle ill health in the area. It is a process that includes:
promoting learning, knowledge, skills, confidence and the ability to act collectively
taking positive action to address inequalities in power, access and participation
strengthening organisation, networking and leadership with and between communities
working for change through increased local democracy, participation and involvement in public affairs
We work primarily in the areas of Muirhouse, Wester Drylaw, West Pilton, Granton, Royston and Wardieburn. These areas have significant social and economic challenges, and collectively have the second lowest average household income in Edinburgh; 30% of children live in households in relative poverty. Of those deemed ‘economically inactive’ across the locality, 26% live in these areas, and Muirhouse is currently ranked as one of the top ten most deprived areas in Scotland. It also has the highest concentrations of benefits dependency. (Source: North West Locality Plan.)
What Can We Do For You?
PCHP works with people to take steps towards better health.
We work with local people to identify causes of ill health (e.g. stress) and tackle them (e.g. counselling). We run a range of activities and groups that local people can join so they can feel healthier or learn more about how to live healthy lives.
We currently offer a wide range of services and activities and coordinate lots of opportunities for you to get involved. You can find out more about these by visiting our project pages or looking at our calendar of upcoming events.
We can usually arrange under two hours of childcare in our PCHP crèche (for 6 week olds – 12 year olds), for anyone using our services. Please let us know in advance if you need to book our crèche.
We want you to talk to us about your experiences here so we know what is working – and what we could do better. If you have some feedback – please let us know via this page.
Monday: 9 am – 4:45 pm
Tuesday: 9 am – 4:45 pm
Wednesday: 9 am – 8:30 pm
(after 5pm by appointment only)
Thursday: 9am – 4:45 pm
Friday: 9 am – 3:45 pm