EVOC reaches its 150th anniversary

Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations' Council (EVOC) reaches its 150th anniversary this year and is marking the occasion with a number of exciting research projects and events.

EVOC was formed in 1868 and started life as an organisation formed by eminent physicians, academics, benefactors and reformers dedicated to addressing health and social issues in the city. Since then it has been working to support, develop and promote the interests and work of voluntary and community organisations in Edinburgh.

EVOC will mark its 150th anniversary by conducting research about its own heritage and how it, and the voluntary sector of Edinburgh, has responded to the needs of its citizens. EVOC 150 will pay tribute to the extraordinary people that have been involved with the organisation over the years and collect stories and memories from the dedicated people working and volunteering today.

Memory Box

As part of this, EVOC has launched the Memory Box project which aims to recognise the collaboration and involvement of citizens and organisations in the campaigns that it has supported throughout the years. We are looking to uncover the voices of people who were involved in protesting on social issues such as fighting to save the public laundries or campaigning to improve mental health and transport services by inviting them to share their story with us.

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Intergenerational Engagement

As well as uncovering EVOC's and Edinburgh's third sector heritage through the Memory Box project, EVOC 150 will launch projects that seek to work intergenerationally to learn from the past to inform the future.

Working with Media Education, EVOC will produce a documentary film about the organisation's 150 year history and its role in the fight for social justice. As part of this, a group of young people will be selected to form the youth media team who will gather stories and experiences from experienced campaigners, volunteers and charity workers. It is hoped that this interaction will inspire these young people and those around them to get involved with the third sector and discover civic action. 

Parliamentary reception 

In addition to building up a picture of the third sector in Edinburgh over the last 150 years, EVOC will be celebrating this anniversary with an event to be held at the Scottish Parliament on 19th April. Sponsored by Ben Macpherson, the evening will be a chance for individuals and organisations to learn about the organisation’s history and collaborative transformation of social welfare in the city of Edinburgh.

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