Granton Garden Bakery aims to provide an affordable and accessible source of healthy bread to EH5. Learn more at their website.
SHE Scotland supports girls and young women to become empowered and aspirational, and create opportunities to engage in activities, workshops and mentoring. Learn more at their website.
Working in Partnership – creating collaborative advantages in our communities
PCHP has a long history of partnership working with both local and city wide organisations. For example, PCHP has developed community lunches in partnership with local churches, and takes part in organising local events, such as a recent family fun day in conjunction with Friends of Starbank Park, and developing a North Edinburgh Community Market.
We have hosted various groups and workshops in partnership with other organisations, including Health in Mind Life Skills MAPS courses, mindfulness practice groups, smoking cessation, etc. Working with these partners has allowed us to expand the range of services and support available locally, and ensures people have as wide a choice of support options as possible.
We currently have several partnership groups and organisations who share our premises, including SHE Scotland, Granton Bakery, NHS Lothian Smoking Cessation group, NHS Weight Management group, and Living Warriors support group (a suicide prevention facilitated peer support group). Since January 2017 PCHP has also worked in close partnership with GP practices throughout the NW locality establishing the GP Link Worker service.
Forums and Networks
We are one of the founder partners in the newly developing North Edinburgh Voluntary Sector Strategic Forum. This Forum seeks to ensure that all of the key voluntary sector agencies in the area operate collectively for the benefit of communities in the North of the city. Regularly attending this forum further embeds us in the fabric of the local voluntary sector.
We continue to attend the Almond and Western Voluntary Sector Forum meetings.
We also attend the newly developing Community Planning Neighbourhood Networks. This ensures we are involved from the outset in these new local Community Planning structures. We are active members of the Edinburgh Community Health Forum. This is a Forum of community health organisations in Edinburgh. The Forum ensures that PCHP is feeding local issues into city wide planning and development, e.g. we are currently participating in the development of OutNav and contributing to city wide data collection on the value and contribution of Community Health Organisations.
PCHP also coordinate and facilitate the Living in Harmony Steering Group – a partnership of statutory and voluntary organisations, workers and community members supporting the development of BME services and activities in the North of the City.
We also coordinate and facilitate the ‘Food for Thought Forum’, which is a partnership of local and city wide food organisations and community members taking forward the local food strategy and food work in the North area.
PCHP is an active and key delivery partner on a range of working groups, helping shape local planning by feeding in the views of service users and local community members. These groups include:
- North West Health and Wellbeing Locality Improvement Plan (LIP) – We have both a strategic and a representative role in the LIP, and have been instrumental in developing the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) section of the NW Locality Plan with the other LIP partners. We are also contributing to the new Community Planning Neighbourhood Networks that will be instrumental in revising the locality plans.
- PCHP is a key partner and delivery organisation in the local NW Health and Wellbeing Partnership (Public Social Partnership). This has further strengthened our existing connections with the other delivery partners, as well as ensuring our knowledge of local developments is current and up to date. As part of this, we have also been involved in the new Thrive initiative and will use our knowledge of this to ensure that CLWs and the Thrive team are well connected and that the opportunities that these developments will present are utilised to the fullest extent to the mutual benefit of both CLW and Thrive clients. It also ensures that the CLWs are well connected into mental health and wellbeing services, which is especially important during this time of change and service development.
- We also have representation on the North Edinburgh Action Group which is a collaborative of key voluntary sector agencies seeking to provide strategic leadership in tackling local issues identified by community research, including food insecurity.
In addition to these groups, we take part in one off opportunities to provide strategic input, or contribute to city wide research and development for potential local planning improvements. For example, we are currently working closely with the Edinburgh Poverty Commission as they work towards defining the long-term responses needed to significantly reduce poverty in Edinburgh. Attending meetings with the Commission has allowed us to feed in directly about how poverty manifests and affects people in the small North, ensuring their Strategy is well informed.
We have also contributed significantly to national food insecurity research through our “Hungry for Change“ research report, and are influencing local delivery through our Living in Harmony research into BME access to services.