Corona Virus updates from North Edinburgh Arts
20 May 2020
We welcome the news that North Edinburgh Arts has been awarded £96,370 from the Scottish Government’s Supporting Communities Fund via The National Lottery Community Fund.
This funding will make a key difference to the people and communities living in North Edinburgh during the COVID-19 crisis. Working in partnership with Fresh Start and Spartans Community Football Academy, alongside many other local agencies, we will use these funds to build on our ongoing response and assist up to 4,800 people across a 16 week period, providing food, essentials, and support as required by those facing hardship exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic.
On confirming the award The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Director Neil Ritch said “We know community groups like North Edinburgh Arts have significant experience in responding to challenges so they are well placed to support people and communities in North Edinburgh as they look to support a local response to COVID-19. This Scottish Government Supporting Communities Fund award will make a key difference to many people living locally, helping them become more resilient in the face of this crisis.”
If you need help, the North Edinburgh Covid-19 Helpline Number is 0131 356 0220, open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.
For latest community news and more information about services in North Edinburgh, please read North Edinburgh Newsletter_MAY 2020.
17 April 2020
Working closely with our partners Link Up Muirhouse, we have continued to deliver 200 freshly cooked meals per day and answer 150 phone calls per week providing support for our local community. As part of the North Edinburgh Covid-19 Foodshare Group – a strong network of local community organisations across the area – we are helping to distribute supplies and support hundreds of local residents.
We are grateful to our amazing supply chain partners Morrisons, Fare Share UK, Tesco, Charles Stamper Fruit & Veg, T.B. Mackay Energy Services and our delivery partners Pilton Youth & Children’s Project (PYCP) and Muirhouse Youth Development Group (MYDG) for helping us continue to play our part.
We are incredibly thankful and humbled by support from T.B. Mackay Energy Services whose generous donation of additional fridges arrived this week, and provide us with much needed additional space to aid our meal preparation and storage.
In addition, we’re incredibly humbled by a generous support from Leith Distillery for their hand sanitiser, the very talented Jo and Jed, who have raised money for us via the live Facebook gigs from home and our own wonderful Volunteer Coordinator who has thoughtfully put together some fantastic crafty kits to help local residents get creative at home. Keep an eye out for the coloured film rainbows and felt hearts popping up in windows in the area!
If you would like to know more about support and help available in North Edinburgh, please read North Edinburgh Covid-19 Foodshare Information
We also now offer support with Click & Collect with Asda for local residents on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information about this service, please click here.
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3 April 2020
Even though we have had to shut NEA to the public, our team is working hard, safely, behind the scenes to connect with and support many of our regular participants who are isolating and shielding at home. To take our usual services out to where they are needed. The café has started prepping hot meals for distribution, the sharing shelf is taking essentials out on delivery too, and we’re in contact with many of our local neighbours to help make sure they are ok during this very challenging time.
Michelle, the Pop In Café chef has prepared nearly 1,000 hot meals that have reached local families this week already, thanks to the incredible efforts of Julie and the Link Up team, alongside NEA staff and volunteers.
This work is a part of the Herculean efforts going on across North Edinburgh to make sure our community gets through this together; Scran Academy, Granton Gardeners, Spartans, Freshstart, Pilton Community Health Project, MYDG, PYCP, LIFT and many others are all working together to support those in need at this really difficult time.
NEA is very grateful to The National Lottery for Communities, STY, SCVO and Muirhouse Housing Association for responding so quickly and funding this work.
25 March 2020
Due to the latest lockdown restrictions, we are no longer able to open our doors for our takeaway service between 12noon – 2pm. Sadly, the North Edinburgh Arts building will be closed from tomorrow, Thursday 26 March until further notice. Although our building’s doors are shut, we’re working closely with our community partners to develop a local food network, getting food to those who are vulnerable or isolating, and provide other important services.
If you live locally and need support in these challenging times (or if you’d like to register your interest in helping in some way), please get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com and we will try our best to link you into your local support networks.
Thank you for your continued support!
17 March 2020
Given the unprecedented situation we are all facing due to the Corona Virus, North Edinburgh Arts will be changing what we do, over the coming weeks and perhaps months.
To ensure the health and safety of our visitors and staff we will be closing the building to the public from Tuesday 17 March until further notice. This means all creative and group activities run by us and our partners will be postponed.
We know that the NEA building is a key meeting place and point of exchange and support for many people across our community. To ensure that we continue with essential work, and play a part in the current and developing network of community support we will running essential services (please check for updates regularly).
We will be reviewing and updating this plan regularly.
Please help us help each other keep healthy at this time by following official guidance:
• Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
• Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
• Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
• Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority
• Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
If you’ve developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild.
Phone your GP if your symptoms:
• are severe or you have shortness of breath
• worsen during home isolation
• have not improved after 7 days
• You should also phone your GP if you develop breathlessness or it worsens, especially if you:
• are 60 years old or over
• have underlying poor health
• have heart or lung problems
• have a weakened immune system, including cancer
• have diabetes
• If your GP is closed, phone NHS 24 (111).
If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.
For more information about the current Coronavirus situation, please visit the Scottish Government’s website.