Craigmillar Castle Regeneration Group open day at the White House – Friday 29th July

The Craigmillar Castle Regeneration Group are hosting an open day on Friday 29th July 11am til 7pm. If you haven’t had a chance to see inside the newly refurbished White House yet why not come along and see how good its looking?

Would you like to know more about what the Community Alliance Trust and the Craigmillar Castle Regeneration Group are about? Do you want to have a say in what they are doing? Pop in for a chat and a cuppa.

Take this opportunity to speak to local people from the Craigmillar Castle Regeneration Group and Community Alliance Trust about the plans they have for the White House. Everyone is invited and and light refreshments will be served.

Posted in Events Archive | Comments Off

The Green House advice shop now open – helping people save money and do their bit for the environment

Staff, volunteers and local community members outside the advice shop at its opening.

Saturday 9th July saw the launch of the new Green House advice shop in Craigmillar. The Green House helps people save money while helping the environment, providing a range of advice and activities on energy saving, waste reduction, local food and environmentally friendly transport. Local MSP Kenny MacAskill attended the launch and cut a green ribbon to formally open the project and welcome it to the area.

Anyone can drop in and ask the friendly team of staff and volunteers for free advice, information about grants for energy-saving improvements to the home and courses for learning more. Those living in the greater Craigmillar area can also book in a free home visit to get more tailored help on saving energy in the home.

Visitors to the shop who complete a 10 minute Green House survey will receive a free energy saving gadget to take home – we now have TV Powerdowns and PC Powerdowns to give away, which can cut between £30 and £40 per year off your electricity bills.

The advice shop at 64 Niddrie Mains Road, Edinburgh, will be open from now on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from noon til 4pm, and on Wednesdays from 9 til 1.

The project is now looking for more volunteers to help out in the advice shop or to help with community outreach work, and wants to work with local community groups and clubs to help members save cash and the environment – please get in touch to book a talk or discuss ideas for working together.

The Green House project is funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and run by the Community Alliance Trust.

Posted in News | Comments Off

Green House advice shop opening on Sat 9th July

Special launch open day: Sat 9th July noon til 4pm, The Green House, 64 Niddrie Mains Road.

Be one of the first to visit the new Green House advice shop – it will help you save money and the environment. Pop in for a cuppa and a piece of cake and find out more. The historic White House building at 70 Niddrie Mains Road will be open too – with kids entertainment and more. Call 07874 678052 for more information.

The Green House advice shop will help people to save money and the environment. The expert advisors give free information and support relevant to you and your home – pop in for a chat and a cuppa to find out more. Or call us to book a Green House visit to your home – one of our friendly advisors will come round and help you identify how to save money and do your bit for the environment.

  • Shrink your heating bills while keeping your home warm and comfy
  • Free energy saving gadgets to help you cut your electricity bills
  • Find out about growing your own fruit and veggies
  • Learn about healthy and environmentally friendly food choices
  • Save cash by car-sharing or smarter driving
  • Get fitter by walking and cycling

The Green House Advice Shop
64 Niddrie Mains Road
EH16 4BG

07874 678052

We also work with community groups, clubs, and schools – get in touch to book a talk or discuss ideas for working together.


Posted in Events Archive, News Archive | Comments Off

Can you spare a couple of hours a week to help our community save money and the environment?

Enthusiastic volunteers needed to give advice on energy efficiency and reducing carbon. Volunteer Advisors will give home energy visits and advice at the new Green House shop, and Volunteer Champions will promote the project in their local communities.

Free training and support will be given, no previous experience necessary. You should be friendly and approachable, with good communication skills and be willing to take part in training. Advisors should be able to volunteer at least 3 hours of shop sessions and/or home advice visits per fortnight, and Champions should be able to volunteer for at least 2 hours per month.

Green House Advice Vounteers job description (PDF download)

Green House Champion Volunteer job description (PDF download)

The Green House is a local project helping people save money and their environment by advising on home energy, transport and food to reduce carbon. Contact Charlotte for more information – email: charlotte[at] or call on 07874678055.


Posted in News | Comments Off

Community Alliance Trust gets funding to help people save money and their environment

We have been awarded funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to help people be more energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions by reducing food waste, and promoting local growing and eco-transport.

The Community Alliance Trust gained £184,190 from the Climate Challenge Fund to set up and run The Green House, which will recruit and train local volunteers to be energy advisors and energy champions for their local area. There will be an advice shop opening on the High Street this summer where people can drop in for advice coffee mornings and events, and can book home advice visits with trained advisors.

The Green House staff also aim to work with local schools and community groups in the Greater Craigmillar area, offering advice, activities and courses over the next year until March 2012.

For more information contact: The Green House, Community Alliance Trust, Hays Business Centre, Hays Avenue, EH16 4AQ, email greenhouse[at] or call Suzy on 07874 678052.

Posted in News | Comments Off