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.
Funding Awarded for Boost Boxes!
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.