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Malcolm Chisholm's Local News: August 2006Dr. Bell's School, Junction Place Malcolm visiting the renovated Dr. Bell's school in LeithI was delighted to go along and view the completion of Port of Leith Housing Associations's latest venture at the old Dr. Bell's school in Leith.

This once landmark building has been re-invented into a Ground Floor Community Facility for use by "Families in Leith" as well as incorporating 13 affordable rented flats on the upper floors.

The community project will provide a range of support services and facilities for local families. It includes a small cafe providing healthy affordablesnacks, a dedicated creche, advice, training and learning opportunities for parents and carers, a group room, a prvate consultation room and access to support workers from education, health, social work and the voluntary sector.

For more information contact: Port of Leith: 0131 554 0403; family centre: email: drbells.wanadoo.co.uk
Garden Makeover for Pilton Stress CentreI was delighted to launch the new garden at the Pilton Stress Centre. The garden was transformed from a derelict wilderness and will give users of the centre a safe and relaxing area to unwind, read a book or chat.

The Stress Centre is a community based health service based in Pilton which provides a focus, purpose and structure in people's lives. Its emphasis is on individuals working together to improve their mental health and well being and and that of the community. The garden project is the result of an initiative by Scottish Business in the Community (SBC) North Edinburgh and was carried out by a team of State Street Bank and Trust Company volunteers as part of Global Volunteer Day.
Out of the Blue is based in the old drill hall in Dalmeny Street and provides studio and production space and fosters creative projects. The Hall is particularly busy at the moment, as groups of unemployed youngsters get to grips with the finer points of a range of arts and crafts disciplines as part of the Gallery 37 training-for-work initiative.

The project gives the 16 to 24 year olds the opportunity to learn skills in jewellery and accessory-making, digital photography and screen printing, documentary video-making and millinery for professional artists.

For more information on what is happening at Out of the Blue telephone; 0131 555 1701 or check out theire website at www.outoftheblue.org.uk.