The Citadel Youth Centre has worked with children and young people in Leith since 1980. Manager Willy Barr (who has been there almost as long :)) and his team do a tremendous job, so I'm delighted that they've secured this funding to help more local families make use of their services. This investment is specifically to continue the Citadel Families project, providing community based support for disadvantaged children aged 5-12.
The second project, The Living Memory Association, has been given a grant to expand their 'Little Shop of Memory' project, based at the Ocean Terminal. This drop-in centre contains a treasure trove of nostalgic objects from the last 100 years, with a wheelchair friendly reminiscence room providing a welcoming place to share memories. This is a fascinating archive project which is open to all. It gives people a chance to share their life experiences and meet others in the community. There are also activities for people with dementia and they offer home visits for the most isolated. Social isolation is a growing concern so I'm really pleased that an innovative project like this is helping to combat it in Leith, encouraging more people to get involved and celebrate our collective history.
The Living Memory Association produces a quarterly mag which is worth a browse if you're interested - have a look at the first edition online here and grab a copy around town.
It's great to see two such inspired local projects getting a well-deserved boost to their funding, allowing them to reach more people. Well done to the Citadel and The Living Memory Association.