May 02

TRIM and Friends of West Pilton finalist in national award

TRIM and Friends of West Pilton finalist in national award

We have received a letter today with the following thrilling news (abridged).


We are thrilled to inform you that TRIM/FoWP (Tenants & Residents in Muirhouse/Friends of West Pilton) is a finalist for the TIS Tenants and Residents Organisation of the Year award 2017 – congratulations!

On Saturday 10th June 2017 we hope that you will join TIS, together with tenants and housing organisations, and participation professionals, from across the country in Glasgow at the TIS National Excellence Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner.

The evening will recognise and honour landlords, tenants, residents, and community groups for demonstrating a commitment to making a true difference throughout the Scottish social housing sector.”

We are, of course, ecstatic, to be a finalist but we really owe this to all of you – our tenants and residents that have supported us; together with our Councillors, MSP’s, MP’s and all the other organisations.

We must also say a big thank you to the truly wonderful people that took the time to write a testimonial to be included as evidence with our application.

Of course, it would be wonderful to win but, to be honest, we are cock-a-hoop to have been awarded a finalist position.

Chairman Robert Pearson added


“It is amazing that TRIM and FoWP hard work has been recognised by becoming a finalist in the Tenants Information Service category of Tenants Group of the Year.

Everyone involved in TRIM and FoWP works tirelessly to better the area and keep residents informed.  Our very busy social media page has nearly 5,000 likes and a reach of over 60k per week.

Without the dedication of the board, shop volunteers and social media admin this would not be possible!

Thank you to those who took the time to help nominate us and thanks to you the residents for engaging with us.”


Local Councillor Cammy Day said

“This is fantastic news and testament to the hard work, efforts and commitment of the many local people involved in TRIM and Friends of West Pilton.  I wish them all the best of luck for an award they deserve to win”


Ben Macpherson MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith said:


“I’m absolutely delighted for all the volunteers that TRIM/FOWP have been nominated as finalists for this prestigious award.  TRIM/FOWP is a remarkable organisation and I’m glad the commitment of the individuals involved is being recognised in this way.”

“TRIM and Friends of West Pilton could be a blueprint for an effective, inclusive, community led tenants/residents organisation.  An exemplar of an organisation set up by local people for local people, TRIM and Friends of West Pilton campaign, organise, motivate and champion North Edinburgh.

From recognising local success to supporting neighbours in need, from helping to tackle crime to engaging the community through social media and events, the volunteers that run TRIM and Friends of West Pilton make a significant, wide-ranging and meaningful impact on a daily basis.

As a local politician, it’s a privilege to work with an organisation so genuinely committed to making a real difference, often in challenging circumstances


MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton For Edinburgh Western  added

TRIM and FOWP being shortlisted for this award will come as no surprise to the community, in an area which has been neglected by politicians for decades, these hardy local residents have restored a sense of pride and friendship in one of the most dynamic and resilient areas of Edinburgh.


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