Sunday, 16 March 2008

Community Research Today

Come along today Sunday 16th March from 12.30pm to 5pm in the shop at 8 St Mary's Street.

People are free to drop in at any time throughout the day and enjoy a bowl of homemade soup. Come along, share your ideas and get involved. The shop is no. 8 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SU ...which is just off the Canongate.

The Soot campaigns` parent organisation the Canongate Community Forum (CCF) was successful in receiving an award from the Scottish Community Action Research Fund SCARF at the end of last year. The Community Action Research - -will run for 4-6weeks from April

People of all ages are encouraged to get involved and you don't have to live or work in the Canongate, if you care about the capital's historic heart do join in.

Its your opportunity to put your ideas forward, its all about getting actively involved in decisions and in carrying out the research itself.

After today a programme will be put together and made available as soon as is possible.

You are welcome to do what it is you are interested in and comfortable doing, although it is an excellent opportunity to learn new skills and discover talents you didn't know you had.

All input is voluntary although expenses will be covered where appropriate.

To get you thinking,-

The shop itself will need staffed, welcoming folk, helping with displays, teas, coffees etc...
General Admin
Publicity, leaflets, posters, press, radio, TV, the web
Information gathering, will include in the shop, computer searches, networking, on street surveys, etc
Filming, photography, writing and documenting process and findings
Local businesses being brought in to be involved
Helping out with events and workshops
This list is not exhaustive, so do get thinking and jot down your thoughts and ideas. Looking at what is good in the area, its downsides, what is missing, what could be improved could all be explored. Alternatives to developer led regeneration? What Edinburgh World Heritage status means to you, the city, the area, your home?

Information, including dates and events will be displayed on the windows of the shop itself in St Mary’s Street, as well as on