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Progress Report

Ongoing work from the ROC Conversation in Tollcross in January is resulting in the launch of the Tollcross Community Action Network on Thursday, 29th October 2015. The evening included updates from the working groups, time to think about other issues facing the community, and the formal launch of the Tollcross Community Action Network. We are delighted that Marco Biagi MSP joined us, and was very complimentary about the work of TCAN. Marco has been very supportive of the ROC Conversations in Tollcross and is an advocate of community participation.

Marco Biagi MSP

Marco Biagi MSP

Jeni Storey reporting on Night-time Economy Group

Jeni Storey reporting on Night-time Economy Group

David Hewitt (Tollcross Community Centre) & Pamela Lyall

David Hewitt (Tollcross Community Centre) & Pamela Lyall

TCAN launch

 

The TCAN constitution was agreed (found here: TCAN Constitution Jan2016) which has been submitted to OSCR, and we are delighted to announce that Tollcross Community Action Network, as of 16th Feb 2016, is a registered charity SC046346.TCAN logo colour

 

 

As the recently appointed Chair of TCAN ( Tollcross Community Action Network) based in Edinburgh, I am delighted to endorse the work of ROC in Scotland.

TCAN emerged from joint work initiated by my church, Central, with ROC and built on research carried out by the local Adult Learning Project. Together Central and ROC hosted a community conversation in January 2015 and representatives from over 15 local organisations and business attended this consultation. Two working groups resulted from this ROC Conversation – one looking at the night time economy and the other focussing on developing a community hub. 

Working with others on the community hub has been very challenging and also very exciting as we explore what this might look like and the particular needs of this community.   As TCAN is very much rooted in the community I am very pleased that on the Board are folk of faith and folk with no faith and all of whom are committed to the local community and area. Our membership is intentionally inclusive and we welcome anyone either as an individual or representing a business who works, lives or contributes to the community. Throughout the whole process – including obtaining charitable status – we have been hugely supported by the Scottish Coordinator of ROC, Diane McWilliam.

Pamela Lyall, TCAN Chair, Feb 2016

 

Redeeming Our Communities is working with Central, Edinburgh, to help connect with the local community to highlight and resolve issues. The ROC Conversation in January (report below) brought two main themes to the fore. One group is working on the Night time Economy, in particular working for safer, cleaner streets when the clubs come out at the weekend. Practical issues like taxi ranks and toilet provision are being addressed. The second group is focusing on creating a community hub, and considering the use of Central’s shop units to do so.

rocconvo1-10ROC Conversation in Central, Tollcross, Edinburgh, 22nd January 2015

Highlights in Storify  Full report here: Tollcross report

ideas flowing in Tollcross Ch Insp Bob Paris, with Rebecca Smith FRS, Kathy Evans CEC Diane McWilliam ROC, Marco Biagi MSP, Pamela Lyall Central