Do you live in Gorgie/Dalry and care about your community? Join us in fighting for a fairer vision of housing for tenants and residents who live here!
Living Rent Gorgie/Dalry branch was founded in January 2020. We established ourselves as a mix of private, council, social tenants, shared owners and homeowners. We launched our branch officially after a year of growth in December 2020.
We are passionate about fighting to keep Gorgie Dalry fair, secure and a great place to live! We do this by running local campaigns and defending local tenants when they have problems with their landlord. We want all the tenants and residents living in Gorgie Dalry to have well-maintained, safe and affordable housing.
Current campaigns include...
- Pressuring 2021 candidates to implement rent controls in the private sector
- Pushing for no rent rises for social housing tenants in Dunedin Canmore/ Wheatley Group housing 2021 consultation
- Sorting out problems members face, especially on repairs in council housing in Westfield Court, Gorgie
- Member defence: repairs, stolen deposits, evictions, we stand up for each other! See some of our latest victories here.
Branch meetings: Due to lockdown restrictions, we meet on the first Thursday of every month at 6pm online, through Zoom. In person meetings were held at St.Brides community centre on Orwell Terrace.
The Committee: Living Rent Gorgie/Dalry is ran by and for local residents. In December 2020, the branch elected its organising committee:
* Chair - Avril Cuthbert: I am the Chair of the Gorgie /Dalry branch. My goal is to see the branch build a wide membership base, to push the agenda for rent controls and to continue to win member defence cases.
* Secretary - Muireann Crowley : I am the Secretary of the branch. She is a trade unionist with UCU Edinburgh and works in educational technology.
* Membership Officer - Ruaraidh Dempster: I am a student and the local Membership Officer. I believe every person should have access to high-quality, secure housing as a basic right. Let's work together to campaign for housing for all. I support members in doing outreach and making sure that all members are welcomed into the branch.
* Member Defence Officer - Josh Brown: I am a recent graduate based in Dalry. I am keep to support tenants in winning against their landlords in private, social and council housing.
* Campaigns Officer - Cat Telford: I'm a human rights campaigner, based in Dalry. In my role with the branch I support members to deliver actions on local issues our members want to organise around and deliver our national campaigns in our local community.
* Comms Officer: Social Media - Eben Dombay Williams: I'm a translator and big language geek from Reading. I have lived in Gorgie for 4 years and I'm the Comms Officer in charge of social media for the branch.
* Comms Officer: Press - Harry Brennan: I am a PhD researcher living in Gorgie and helping to support local actions and members through my writing and the press. Making sure that local issues reach the news.
Organiser/ Staff contact: Sinead McNulty is the local organiser for Gorgie/Dalry and is the staff support for members locally. You can contact her at [email protected] or on 07593128079