Join us for a hands-on workshop to explore opportunities for collaboration in your area, supporting future activities.

Do you live, work, study or play in Gilmerton or Liberton?

Are you a local resident, part of a community group, local business, third sector organisation or public body?

Do you have ideas, or are already part of local initiatives working to improve your area and the lives of those within it?

Then join us for workshop where you will have the opportunity to experience the cross-pollination approach and explore opportunities for collaboration in your area to support future activities – co-hosted by EVOC (Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council), The Glass-House Community Led Design and The Open University.

The workshop will focus on the Gilmerton and Liberton area of Edinburgh, but people and organisations from all over the City are welcome to come along, share ideas, create connections, and get creative about what can be achieved by working together on both existing and new initiatives, services and cultural activities.

Dinner will be provided at the end of the workshop by Bridgend Community Farmhouse Trust.

Bursaries are available to help volunteers to attend the workshop (costs for things like travel, childcare and people’s time):


Cross-pollination is a creative approach to cross-sector collaboration. It focuses on helping people across sectors and organisations to come together, unearth and connect their collective skills and resources and develop ideas and action to enhance existing projects and initiatives or to co-design new ones.

This session is being delivered as part of the knowledge exchange project Cross-pollination: Growing cross-sector design collaboration in placemaking. The project is funded and part of the AHRC Place Based Research programme. Find out more about the programme and its nine KE projects.

Please note: This event will be recorded (film and audio) for research and dissemination purposes. More information about the Cross-pollination project and examples of images and films produced can be found HERE