Niddrie is a very close-knit community that has a strong sense of identity. has a population of over 4400, Niddrie is part of an ongoing regeneration in Edinburgh and, as new houses and apartments are being built, this is bringing a number of young professionals and first-time buyers into the area.
Coupled with the influx of a growing immigrant population, Niddrie is an ever-changing community bringing many new opportunities to reach out with the gospel. Despite a multi-million-pound redevelopment project, it has all the problems associated with inner-city housing schemes: unemployment, drugs, educational problems, mental health issues, and violence. 42% of Niddrie’s population are recorded as being ‘income deprived’. It is the most deprived scheme in Edinburgh and ranks as the 31st most deprived area in Scotland, according to the government’s deprivation index.
Hope for Niddrie
Niddrie Community Church is a revitalised church that was replanted from an old mission hall 15 years ago. Charlotte Chapel, a large city centre church, got involved in the process back in 1996. A new building was erected on the site in 2006 and Niddrie Community Church became a legal, charity registered, independent church with its own elected eldership in January 2012. 20schemes is a ministry of Niddrie Community Church.