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Feeding the Community

Tenants and Residents in Fidra Court run a very successful regular community kitchen in the communal room of the Fidra Court Muirhouse tower block. Open every Wednesday and Friday from 9am – 2pm, the kitchen serves full hot meals and also hot snacks like egg and bacon rolls.

Fabulous fruit salads painlessly boost the users towards their five a day! And nutritious soups keep the winter cold at bay…. In the summer the kitchen benefits from fresh produce from the local West Pilton community gardeners.

The kitchen operates on a donation basis, to ensure that no-one is excluded through lack of money. Regular users include many Fidra residents, other locals from neighbouring blocks such as May Court and Gunnet Court, and the council workers who clean and maintain the building.  Visiting workers often drop in and late last year some residents from the nearby homeless unit came for the Christmas lunch.  All are welcome.

A tenant in Fidra Court gave his view on the kitchen: “The kitchen is a big contribution to the community here. Without the cafe there are people in the block who wouldn’t eat.  The food in the cafe is an enjoyable home-cooked meal which I would never normally get to eat.”

A woman who lives in neighbouring Gunnet Court told us: “The only time I really eat is when I come to the kitchen.  I really like to come and have a chat with the volunteers here.”

The kitchen also boasts a small free shop comprising a set of shelves with toys, household goods and other items, plus a bookcase with free books and DVD’s. People bring what they no longer need and can take whatever they find useful.

Computers have been donated to the kitchen via the Community Renewal Project, who plan to set up broadband access and run a drop-in for people to get assistance with CV’s and job search. There is also an information section with free leaflets, such as on local activities and events, from local community groups and on benefits advice.

Totally run by volunteers, the kitchen meets an important community need, supplying healthy nutritious food, promoting community and helping overcome isolation. Organisations such as City of Edinburgh Council, Scotmid, Pilton Community Health Project and Edinburgh Tenants Federation (ETF) have generously donated and given support but now funds are running low and the kitchen is seeking new funding to enable it to continue – if anyone has any ideas please contact Tenants and Residents in Fidra Court via the secretary: details below, thanks!

Fidra Court community kitchen, Ground Floor, Fidra Court, Pennywell

Medway, Muirhouse EH4 4SE (entrance via Cafe buzzer on front door or via back door at opposite side of block) Open every Wednesday and Friday 9am – 2pm. All welcome.

TRIFIC – contact via the Secretary [email protected] or via ETF [email protected] or phone 0131 475 2509.


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