Starting Out At EVOC

The first meeting I went to convened by EVOC was at Ainsley House in mid-1990s and it felt really formal! The purpose of the meeting was to bring together a number of organisations to support people leave Gogarburn Hospital and ultimately to close the hospital.  I can still feel the passion in the room and the focus on getting it right for people. There were no egos – it was all about people. It was exhilarating and exhausting in equal measure! My memory is of being part of a movement which was absolutely based on human rights.

Name: Ella Simpson

Organisation: EVOC

Job Title: Chief Executive

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Over the years we’ve been involved in a multitude of campaigns, protests and projects in response to the needs of Edinburgh’s citizens, but not without the collaboration and involvement of citizens and organisations across the City. We want to piece together a picture of the third sector in Edinburgh from the voices of the people that have been right at the heart of it. Do you remember marching for tenants rights? Fighting to save the public laundries? Were you involved with community transport, or improvements in mental health services? Do you volunteer or fundraise for a cause close to your heart? We’d love for you to share your story with us.

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