I spent yesterday morning at a wonderful community conference in the amazing 16th century "castle" that is Craigentinny Community centre, to celebrate the results of 4 years work on community regeneration. 50 folk turned up which for a cold and damp Saturday was a good result.
It was an inspiring event if for no other reason that people were ken to talk up the positive and not dwell on the negative. We looked at the many ways in which we had spent the £1m we received for community regeneration and many tales of real life transformation. Real stories of real people whose quality of life is now unrecognisably improved from when they first came to our notice.
In the end that's what regeneration is about, real people, real communities and real lives. There is much more to do, but I left feeling we had done a great deal in the last 4 years. yes we might be changing lives one person at a time but hey, who says that we have to be big to be successful.
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