Inspiring Leith - link up

Ian Dyson: 
Gordon Rouse: 
Development worker
07823 413004

Link Up was established in 2012 without a set model or framework, just the premise that the ingredients for lasting change already lie in our communities in the shape of the passion, strengths, skills, knowledge and interests of local people, and when people are connected and energised, radical change can and does happen.

Link Up workers are embedded in the community and work directly with local people to harness these existing resources. The community establishes activities that local people want to take part in and help run.

But these are not just activities; they help people to build relationships with their fellow residents, creating new social connections where they look out for each other.

They create positive and caring environments, giving people the confidence and skills to effect positive change for themselves, their family and the community they live in.

Because Link Up is for the community, by the community and takes the time to work with anyone in the community, it can engage the most marginalised and vulnerable people who have for so long been left behind.

By connecting people, championing ability, inspiring and encouraging ideas, and by listening to people in the community, Link Up breeds confidence and self-belief. It gives people choices and helps them create their own opportunities. It allows them to rediscover a sense of purpose and find their own way to a happier life.

Inspiring Leith has been running since January 2012, we started by listening to local people and captured these thoughts in 'The Peoples' Map of Leith' a textile asset map now on display at the Living Memory Association in Ocean Terminal. Around 7 groups are happening including intergenerational knitting, archery, cinema, social support groups, photography and residents groups.  These groups have seen people coming together and building friendshops and celebratign community in Leith