We at ELGT and our partners at Craigmillar Community Grows are passionate about bringing people outdoors to discover the wonders of nature. Our teams are dedicated to providing outdoor activities, which are fun and informative for those who do not get many opportunities to experience the outdoors. The project is in an area which has multiple deprivation where many of the local residents are living in cramped conditions with little areas of outdoor space.
The outdoor pods will enable us and our partners to deliver regular programmes of outdoor activity regardless of the weather throughout the year. It will enable all the local community to benefit from outdoor programmes which can help improve their confidence and team working, and health and wellbeing.
The structures would be built in a woodland area of the grounds of Sandys Community Centre in Craigmillar which would provide a safe environment for them to participate in various projects and activities. It also close to a local school who are keen to provide outdoor learning programmes.
'We are so glad you are going to do this in support of our school. Outdoor learning is going to be the future. You are right next door to us so having a safe place to learn with all your space and woodland is going to be brilliant’, Castleview Primary School.
The community facility will provide a safe place to the wider community including the BAME community and people with disabilities where different people can meet up and take ownership of it, developing the use of it as more people get involved.
We will be promoting the opportunities to all the local schools, community groups and organisations, to encourage them to use it, through our list of regular local contacts and through other local networks. We will look to get feedback from all the users to see how best to use the facility or how it can be developed and improved. It has the potential to become a hub of activity all year round which can evolve to create something amazing that the local community can take pride in.