What If.... North Edinburgh

What if... North Edinburgh is a new programme that supports anyone in the area who wants to turn an idea that makes a positive difference in the community into reality!

Registration has officially opened!

Have you ever wondered…

What if… you could use local green spaces to run more community activities?
What if… you could set up a business by the waterfront that creates local jobs?
What if… you could make relevant information available to the whole community?

If you’ve ever had questions like these, What if…North Edinburgh is your chance to turn them into actions!

What if... North Edinburgh is delivered by Firstport in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council's Business Gateway and the Scottish Government. It will provide one to one advice, resources, and training to local residents who want to get ideas that make a difference in the community off the ground. All this is will be led and facilitated in the community by someone already in the community.

To get started, we will be running local events to get your views and make sure the programme responds to what the community needs. After that, anyone interested in taking part in the programme will be able to register interest by completing a short online form. 


You may already have an idea, or maybe you are just curious, it doesn’t matter! If you have the motivation and enthusiasm to make North Edinburgh the best version of itself, we want you to get involved. 

Register your interest through our online form, or get in touch with Julie Smith, What if... North Edinburgh programme manager, to chat through your idea! You can contact her by email julie@firstport.org.uk or phone 07763 869 556. 

What if... has already helped residents of Girvan and Carrick in South Ayrshire to get their ideas started. From community markets to cycle hubs and cookery classes, What if... participants in the Girvan area are having a positive impact in their local community. You can read more about their journeys here. 

What if...North Edinburgh is supported by:

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