Great News – More Funding Success!
We are on a roll! We were successful with our Adapt & Thrive funding application and we will now be able to make changes so we can adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic and thrive when we come out of the other side. We now feel we will be able to come back bigger and better!
We are tremendously grateful for this funding award as it will allow us to implement changes to help us to move some of our training services and fundraising activities/sales online. This ensures we adapt to current market trends and provide much needed services for our service users and customers.
Our new “blended learning” training model will mean our service users can learn both in our charity shop/training centre and digitally. Our new, digital expert will guide and support our trainees, using a person-centred, tailored approach so that they are confident to use their new I-pads, laptops and new training method, Moodle.
This funding will give us the resources to generate income through online trading, fundraising and recycling platforms and also implement new fundraising ideas within the shop. It will allow us to actively promote our work and enable us to build a bigger network through a new, professional website, digital screen and revamped social media channels.
More Funding Success!
COVID 19 Update
We are pleased to let you know that our charity shop/training centre is back open We look forward to seeing you all again as we have really missed you!
We have ensured that all Covid-19 safety measures are in place as the safety of our staff, trainees, volunteers and customers is of the upmost importance to us.
Great news. We were delighted to hear that we have been successful in our funding application to the CRNS Pockets and Prospects Fund, supported by the Scottish Community Alliance.
This fund will enable us to test and sell recycled electrical goods in our charity shop. This will not only benefit the local community by providing quality, affordable electrical goods but will also help protect the environment as these items will be re-used instead of going to landfill.
This will also help us to offer more training opportunities to our service users who will learn skills in health and safety and recycling.
We Are Now on Social Media
All Together Edinburgh is now on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Join us on these platforms to stay fully up to date with all our plans. See you there!
Co-op Community Fund
We have done it again! We have been chosen to be part of the Co-op Local Community Fund for another year ( from November 2020 to October 2021). Thank you Co-op for this wonderful opportunity.
We plan to use the funding to buy COVID-19 training resources and materials. This will help to educate our trainees in social distancing and safe hygiene measures.
If you would like to be a member of Co-op and receive many benefits. You can join here: http://coop.co.uk/membership
If you would like to support our cause, you can become a Co-op member and support us here: https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/49320 If you join before the 15th June you will receive a £5 discount as well as your weekly discounts.
Alternatively scan the QR code here to be taken straight to the sign up page.
We're delighted to let our supporters know that All Together Edinburgh has raised a total of £991.20 thanks to Co-op Members
These funds have helped us to educate our trainees in social distancing and safe hygiene measures and played a vital part in the fulfilment of their training programme.
Thank you so much for your support
Boost Boxes funded by the National Lottery Community Fund
We would like to thank the National Lottery for awarding us £8040 from the National Lottery Communities Fund to enable us to provide mood enhancing products to isolated individuals in the Leith & surrounding areas.
This funding award will give isolated individuals the opportunity to order goods from our charity shop from the comfort of their own home. They will be able to order goods such as dvds/books/cds/records and clothes through our new, virtual (Zoom), V.I.P shopping experience, All products will be boxed and delivered straight to the door and all at no cost to the individual.
Thank you once again to the National Lottery and the National Lottery players for helping us to carry out this important and vital project that will help our community thrive.
The IT equipment also enabled us to launch our new, innovative, 1-1, virtual shopping experience. This is designed to support people in our local community who are unable to leave their home to go shopping. Our 30 minute zoom appointments allow them to choose items from the comfort of their own home. We hope that they will feel like they are shopping in our Leith charity shop, browsing and choosing goods and that these goods will make people a little bit happier during these difficult times. We are offering goods (up to the value of £25) and delivery straight to their door, free of charge!
We have lots of mood-boosting goods to choose from (books, cds, dvds, records, games, jigsaws, clothes and much, much more). These will be delivered in our new All Together Boost Boxes.
Please call the shop on 0131 553 7016 or our contact form on www.alltogetheredinburgh.org.uk or visit the shop at 87 Leith Walk if you believe you or someone you know would benefit from this fantastic service. Appointments will be on a Monday and delivery on the Wednesday.
Pictured is Bruce who was the first customer to order and receive a Boost Box.
We would like to say a thank you to the organisations that helped our trainees during the pandemic, especially over the Winter period when many of them found themselves vulnerable and isolated.
Through the Leith Gives Campaign, The Edinburgh Remakery and People Know How supplied laptops and iPads so they could connect with others and learn remotely. Edinburgh Community Food supplied 3 separate food hampers and they were very nutritious and all gratefully received. They also received wonderful Christmas gifts that really boosted their mental health and made such a difference to their lives.
Co-op and Scotmid also helped to make life brighter as they provided food and vouchers at Christmas.
Thank you for all your support. These acts of kindness really helped our trainees and volunteers get through these difficult times and they have all bounced back and started back at work in the charity shop again.
New Recycling Task for Trainees
We have a new training task whereby book ISBN numbers are entered into a program which determines suitability for reuse and helps our trainees to learn recycling and digital skills in one go.
This is via Better World Books who specialise in recycled books finding a new home instead of going to landfill.
New Funding Success
We are very pleased to let our trainees, volunteers and supporters know that we received a grant of £5000 from the Baillie Gifford Community Awards administered by Foundation Scotland. We are so grateful for this award as it helps us to fund some of the costs involved in our accredited training programme for trainees and volunteers with additional support needs. Training takes place in our Leith-based charity shop which has been operating for 10 years this month. Thank you so much for helping us to continue our vital work.
We are 10 years old today!
In the words of Barry Manilow.... "looks like we made it"
It was so lovely to see the trustees, staff, trainees and volunteers who have worked and supported us over the last 10 years. We really appreciate everyone's contributution. We couldn't have done it without you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you so much!!!
We are really looking forward to the next 10 years.
New Equipment and Boost Boxes
We purchased a refurbished laptop and iPad from The Edinburgh Remakery so that our trainees and volunteers could learn new digital skills and help them connect with others.
The Edinburgh Remakery is an award-winning environmental social enterprise committed to diverting waste from landfill, providing training in how to reuse, recycle and refurbish and returning recycled items back into useful circulation.
Bank of Scotland (Reach) Funding Award
We would like to say a big thank you to the Bank of Scotland Foundation, who have awarded us £10,000. This will help us develop our project further and meet the needs of our beneficiaries and the local community.
New Volunteers at the shop
We are really grateful and would like to say a huge thank you to the 3 young volunteers who are helping our charity as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Chloe Hendry, John McKendrick and Lily Bryce spent many hours organising a collection of donated items from their local area. They then sorted goods with the charity shop staff and helped to merchandise and display the goods on the charity shop floor the following week.
They have all committed at least 1 hour per week to help All Together Edinburgh until June 2022!
Their next task is to promote our Boost Box initiative on social media so that many people in the N.E Edinburgh area who are affected by the pandemic are able to receive £25 worth if goods to boost their mental health.
Donations from Rotary Club
We would like to say a huge thank you to the Leith Rotary Club for donating lots of great quality goods to our charity shop in Leith.
Thank you so much Isabel and the Leith Rotary Club members for deciding to help and support anotherLeith-,based organisation. Your donations will help us to deliver our training programme and to raise funds.
Even though it was a very wet and cold day the LRC team went out of their way to deliver the donations and still managed to spend time to speak to the shop team and find out about our project.
We all got on really well as you can see from the photo and we hope to collaborate on more projects in the future.
All Together Edinburgh Ebay Shop
All Together Edinburgh now has its own Ebay shop where you can by selected items from our range of quality second hand goods. We look forward to seeing you at:
BOOST Boxes arrive in local Sheltered Housing Association
Much to the delight of their recipients several of our BOOST Boxes arrived at a local Sheltered Housing Association a few days ago. The boxes contained items which had been chosen by their recipients online with the support of staff and were delivered personally by All Together Staff members.
BOOST Boxes are funded by the National Lottery Community Fund