Funding provided to support community meals in Leith

Photo of a kitchen.

We are pleased to have been able to provide over £14k funding towards community meals in Leith. The £14,225 funding via the National Lottery’s Community Fund will support a joint community venture by Pilmeny Development Project and FENIKS. This will allow its weekly Multi-Cultural Cook Along to continue until at least March 2025.

Photo of the cook along.

These cook alongs provide a welcoming and safe space for older members of the Leith community to meet, cook, eat and spend time together. This helps to reduce social isolation, loneliness and food poverty in a collaborative way. Some group members have also benefitted from activities at the cook alongs which have helped to improve their English language skills.

Mary O’Connell who runs the project said: “It’s an amazing group of people. To see how they all come together while cooking, playing bingo and getting competitive during Play Your Cards Right after the meal is brilliant.”

Another attendee, 83, has been attending the events for several months now. He said: “Just look around the table, I’m English, there are Scots, Canadians, Polish and Irish here and we all get on really well.”

John Murray, Placemaking Manager at Harbour Homes said: “There’s a genuine warmth and togetherness about the group which speaks volumes about the work being done here. It’s a privilege for Harbour Homes to be in a position to help support projects like this.”

The funding will also help provide transport allowing group members to attend the cook alongs at the Pilmeny Resource Centre. In addition to the Multi-Cultural Community Meals, the funding will go towards supporting Older People’s Meals and Pilmeny Development Project Community Food Provisions for their youth clubs.