Ash Denham MSP is pleased to announce that she will be hosting a jobs fair in her Edinburgh Eastern constituency on Friday 31st January.

The event, organised alongside Jobcentre Plus, will be held at the Gilmerton Society Hall (diagonally opposite the traffic light crossroads from Gilmerton Community Centre) and will include employers with a number of local vacancies, including Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, Edinburgh Airport, BUPA, Search Recruitment and others who are looking to take on new staff members.

For constituents who may be in need of some support prior to taking up employment a number of third sector agencies such as Princes Trust, Springboard, Community Renewal, Venture Trust and Bruce Robertson Training will also be in attendance.

The event is free to attend and will be held between 11am-2pm and applicants are encouraged to attend dressed to impress.

The Edinburgh Eastern MSP said:

“I’m delighted to host this event which will give my constituents in the Gilmerton and surrounding areas the opportunity to speak to some local employers face to face about vacancies they are looking to fill. I would encourage anyone who is looking for employment, as well as those looking for a career change, to drop in and see what the jobs fair has to offer you.

“Sometimes people just need a chance to either start a new job or restart their careers following redundancy elsewhere. I am immensely grateful to all the companies and organisations who have signed up so far and I hope they are able to recognise the potential of those who go along on the day.

“I would like to thank David Wise and his Jobcentre Plus colleagues who have been extremely helpful in assisting my office to organise this important event.”

David Wise, Employer Adviser at Jobcentre Plus in Edinburgh, added:

“Jobcentre Plus are happy to be working with MSP Ash Denham and a variety of local employers and partners to support the Edinburgh Eastern community towards and into employment.”

If you would like more information about this event please email or phone 0131 659 4707.


No one should have no one, especially at Christmas.

Ahead of Christmas, it’s important for constituents to remember to spend time and look out for their elderly neighbours, friends and relatives and include older people in their plans for the festive period.

For most of us Christmas is a time we very much look forward to – a time when we come together with friends and family and enjoy each other’s company.

But for some people Christmas can be a very lonely time of year – research carried out by Age Scotland suggests older people feel lonelier at Christmas than at any other time of the year, and that those who have been widowed were most at risk. The consequences of loneliness can lead to poor physical and mental health and has been linked with conditions such as heart disease and dementia.

I visited Age Scotland a few months ago at their Edinburgh-based headquarters to support their petition to retain free TV licences for over-75s. The charity told me that 100,000 older people in Scotland feel lonely all or most of the time, and that almost half of over-75s say that their main form of company is the TV or a pet.

That needs to change. So I’m urging people across Edinburgh to remember the older people in their community and check in on them over the Christmas period, as well as at other times of the year.

Something as simple as having a cup of tea with an older people can make a huge difference to that person and helps tackle their feelings of loneliness and isolation. At all ages, people’s attitudes and self-esteem are significantly affected by feeling needed and appreciated.

In April this year, Christina McKelvie, Minister for Older People, published the Scottish Government’s ‘A Fairer Scotland for Older People: framework for action’ plan, which followed the ‘A Connected Scotland’ strategy – published last December – to tackle social isolation and loneliness and build social connections. Both of these strategies demonstrate that we are taking action, and that tackling loneliness is something the Government takes extremely seriously.

I also strongly endorse Age Scotland’s fantastic ‘#ShareWhatYouLove’ campaign, encouraging members of the public to share a hobby of their with an older person who lives alone, giving them an opportunity to go out, meet new people and feel part of society.

I have already committed to taking part in this campaign in the New Year by inviting elderly constituents out to do something I really enjoy in my spare time – walking!

It’s a fantastic idea for a campaign which will make a real difference to an older people feeling lonely at any time of the year. If you would like to take part in this initiative please visit and pledge your time to someone who would really appreciate it.

No one should have no one, especially at Christmas.


Edinburgh Eastern MSP, Ash Denham, is backing the campaign to keep the Venchie Children and Young People’s Project charity alive.

The #SaveTheVenchine campaign has so far raised over £1,000 to allow it to continue running until potential grants which have been applied for would allow the charity to become more sustainable.

Ms. Denham has also written to Government ministers John Swinney and Maree Todd to see if they could offer any assistance with funding.

The Venchie currently runs a morning wake up, transport and breakfast club service for vulnerable children in the Craigmillar area as well as running an after-school club, drama club, parents’ and toddlers’ club, family days, holiday schemes and a free packed lunch club. Earlier this month the charity held a celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of their breakfast club, which they have now renamed the PANDAs club.

Ash Denham MSP said:

“The Venchie is a much-loved charity at the heart of the community here in Craigmillar in my Edinburgh Eastern constituency, doing so much work to support local children and parents both during and outwith school term time.

“It would be a huge loss to both the users of this service and the community as a whole if the Venchie was to close and the charity hopes that funding streams will become available next year to make the services they provide more sustainable to ensure the Venchie can continue its decades of service to the Craigmillar community.

“I have also previously written to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills and the Minister for Children and Young People to understand if the government could assist in supporting the Venchie to continue its work.

“My office will continue to engage with The Venchie as well as parents and children using the service, as we have been doing for a number of months now, to do all we can to see the charity’s work continue for many years to come.”


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Ash Denham MSP welcomes decision to back Gilmerton Gateway proposals

Ash Denham MSP’s statement following today’s (Wednesday 6th November 2019) decision at Edinburgh City Council to back in principle the proposals for the Gilmerton Gateway:

“I welcome the decision by Edinburgh City Council’s Development Management Sub-Committee this afternoon to grant the Planning Permission in Principle 19/02122/PPP at 1 And 4 Gilmerton Station Road, Edinburgh, EH17 8RZ, also known as the Gilmerton Gateway.

“As the Member of the Scottish Parliament for this area, I have noted the significant number of constituents and groups backing these proposals – including over 700 members of the public who have responded to the #GilmertonGateway online campaign as well as support from Gilmerton & Inch Community Council and Gilmerton Citizens for Change.

“This development would allow the Gilmerton and wider community to benefit from a medical hub, community hall, space for new businesses to grow, and at long last a permanent and suitable building for the Drum Field Archers, a club which has trained and supported its members to achieve success on the national and international stages and deserves a new purpose-built home as is being proposed.

“Well done to all involved and I look forward to seeing the next stages of this development.”


Ash Denham MSP has secured a commitment from Lothian Buses that the company will review bus services in the Lochend area following timetable changes last summer, including the withdrawal of Service 15 which sparked complaints from constituents in the Lochend and Restalrig area who relied upon it to easily access the city centre.

The changes to the timetable have resulted in bus users in the area, many of whom are elderly or with disabilities, to walk a longer distance to access an alternative bus route to take them into the city centre.

But following a meeting at the Scottish Parliament this month between Ms. Denham and Lothian Buses chief executive, Richard Hall, and commercial director, Nigel Serafini, the company have agreed to look again at the bus network and have also committed to sending a representative from Lothian Buses to meet with the area’s community council, Craigentinny & Meadowbank CC, at the earliest opportunity to discuss the number 15 service with them as well.

Ms. Denham said:

“I thank Mr Hall and Mr Serafini for agreeing to meet with me at the Scottish Parliament to discuss the ending of the number 15 service last summer, which prompted a number of my Edinburgh Eastern constituents to contact me to convey their frustrations.

“Many constituents who use this service are elderly and may have disabilities which prevent them from walking a longer distance to reach an alternative bus route to take them into the city centre.

“The meeting with Lothian Buses was very constructive and I made a number of points on behalf of my constituents. I was pleased that they have committed to looking again at service provision in this area and that they will meet with Craigentinny & Meadowbank Community Council to open a dialogue with them on this matter as well.

“I will continue to engage with Lothian Buses on this issue to see if either the service can be reinstated or if an alternative solution can be agreed upon.”



For more information please contact Ross Cunningham at or calling 07887 534126.

Pictured (l-r): Nigel Serafini, Richard Hall and Ash Denham MSP.



Ash Denham MSP for Edinburgh Eastern, has said that SNP plans to establish a Scottish National Investment bank will help encourage economic growth across the capital.
This week in Holyrood, MSPs debated the Scottish Government’s blueprint for the investment bank that will begin investing in businesses and communities from 2020 – committing to invest at least £2 billion in its first ten years. Earlier this month, the First Minister also confirmed plans for an initial investment in the bank of £130 million this year during the Programme for Government.
The bank will have an important role in helping Scotland meet its ambitious climate change targets – forming part of the SNP’s Green New Deal to kick-start investment and build the momentum needed to reduce emissions and create high quality jobs in the process.
Commenting, SNP MSP Ash Denham said:
“The Scottish National Investment Bank has enormous potential to transform communities here in Edinburgh and ensure Scotland’s economy is fit for the future.
“Operating within a core set of principles, the bank will help us reach our world-leading climate change targets by upping investment in businesses and community projects that are looking to play their part in tackling the climate crisis.
“We know that small businesses play a vital role in Edinburgh’s economy and this bank will become a cornerstone in Scotland’s economic architecture, supporting businesses and driving Scotland towards a low carbon economy.”



Ash Denham MSP has voted in favour of the Climate Change Bill, meaning that Scotland will now have the most ambitious statutory targets in the world and its contribution to climate change will end, definitively, within a generation.

The landmark legislation commits Scotland to becoming a net-zero society by 2045 – five years before the rest of the UK and in line with the advice from the UK Committee on Climate Change.

The Scottish Government also adopted an ambitious new target to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030 – the toughest statutory target of any country in the world.

SNP MSP Ash Denham said:

“Scotland is rightly recognised as a world-leader in tackling climate change – we were one of the first countries to declare a climate emergency, and the SNP is now leading by example by committing to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

“Ending our contribution to climate change will enable us to grow Edinburgh’s economy and productivity, and improve the wellbeing of everyone who lives here.

“While Westminster is consumed by chaos and the Tories have abandoned any pretence of a domestic agenda, the Scottish Government is ready and willing to take necessary steps to improve people’s lives and take the action scientists tell us is necessary.

“Climate change is the biggest challenge facing humanity, and the defining political issue for all of us.

“We have a moral duty to future generations to tackle climate change now and the forthcoming Climate Change Bill delivers on that commitment.”



Edinburgh Eastern MSP Ash Denham has called on constituents who would like to play a role in the decisions being made in their community to join their local community council.

There are 46 community council areas across the Capital, made up of local residents and community groups, but many are in desperate need of new members to take on committee posts in order to continue, including Craigentinny & Meadowbank and Northfield & Willowbrae community councils.

Nominations for all Edinburgh community councils opened on 9 September and will close on 30 September.

Ash Denham said:

“It’s the time of year when community councils across Edinburgh are holding elections to determine who will lead them into the next twelve months, which is why now is the perfect time for constituents looking to have a say in what goes on in their area to join their local community council.

“Community councils – which are also a good way to speak directly to local elected members local concerns – can be a powerful channel for local people to have a say and influence on issues or decisions in their area, including the sourcing of funding for local improvements, organising community activities, tackling important issues such as planning and licensing, and the holding of consultations and petitions.

“It’s really rewarding to be a member of your community council and is a chance to make a big difference.”

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This month, Ash Denham MSP will be taking part in Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s annual ‘In the Dog House’ event which sees local CEOs, influencers and high-profile personalities locked in kennels for a day to raise money for the 136-year-old charity.

Now in its third year, the event will see each participant locked in a kennel with only their phone and a laptop, where a competition will take place to see which individual can raise the most money during the day and be crowned ‘Top Dog’.

The initiative is supported by Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, which helps recruit the city’s top business talent to take on the challenge on Friday 27th September, and Ash Denham has been invited to take part as the area’s constituency MSP.

Ms. Denham said:

“I’m delighted to be taking part in this year’s In The Dog House event to raise money for one of the capital’s longest running charities.

“I recently visited Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home to see what goes on behind the scenes and they really are a fantastic charity with so many hard-working employees and volunteers providing the best possible care for the lost or abandoned dogs and cats which are brought in from across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

“The Home has also very recently become a real living wage employer ensuring their staff are paid a salary that has been independently calculated to meet the costs of living, which management said ensured the staff are valued as much as their animals. It’s vital more employers follow the charity’s example by signing up for this scheme – supported by The Scottish Government – to help us tackle in-work poverty.

“I look forward to the event and would ask constituents to donate what they can to this worthy cause to help the charity meet their annual running costs which exceed £2m.”

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s Director of Fundraising and Communications Nicola Gunn said:

“Last year was a massive success, raising over £15,000 for Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, so we are thrilled to see MSP Ash Denham, and representatives from the Scottish Parliament, join members of Edinburgh’s business community by signing up to participate in this year’s ‘In the Dog House’ event. Helping us raise even more money to rescue, reunite and rehome dogs and cats across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

“Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s kennels provide a safe, warm and loving environment for hundreds of dogs that come through our doors each year. By inviting business leaders from across Edinburgh to spend a day in the kennels, we are hoping to not just raise much-needed funds for their care, but give people an insight into our work and highlight the many animals who are spending months, even years, calling these spaces home while they wait for their new owner to walk through our door.”



‘In The Dog House’ event information:

Ash Denham MSP’s recent visit to the Home:

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home was founded in 1883 and works in partnership with Police and local authorities to rescue, reunite and rehome lost, stray and abandoned dogs and cats across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

It has an open-door policy, accepting any dog or cat that comes through the door in need, whatever shape, breed or size, and staff work tirelessly to find a permanent loving home for every animal, however long it takes.

It costs around £2.4 million a year to run Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home.

In 2018, the Home cared for 2,367 dogs and 771 cats.




SNP MSP, Ash Denham, has warned the Tory government against increasing the state pension age, which would have dire and disproportionate consequences in Edinburgh Eastern and across Scotland.

The Tories’ threat comes following a report published by the Centre for Social Justice – chaired by close Boris Johnson ally, Iain Duncan Smith – which concludes that the state pension age should rise to 75 over the next 16 years.

SNP MSP Ash Denham has said that any further increases in the state pension age could have a hugely disproportionate impact on Scotland due to its unique demographic needs.

The MSP also called on the UK government to heed warnings raised in a new report that found the proportion of elderly people living in severe poverty in the UK is five times what it was in 1986 – the largest increase among western European countries.

SNP MSP Ash Denham said:

“The Tory government’s approach to the UK’s elderly population and state pension policy has been cruel and callous.

“From the burning injustices facing the WASPI women who have been denied the right to their state pension, to the stripping away of free TV licences for the over 75s, this government’s attitude towards its older people is shameful.

“Instead of taking on board policies written up by one of the architects of Tory austerity, the new Prime Minister must take action to address the dire levels of pensioner poverty in the UK.

“The Tory government must take a step back and tackle these injustices – rather than ramping up the threats.”