The Intern - Coming of age

By Alea Ibrahim, Communications Intern for EVOC 150 Heritage Programme

Sweaty palms, cotton dry mouth, raised heartbeat. “Hello, I am Alea. I am here for an interview” “Yes, of course, have a seat” the lady smiles and points at the huge purple sofa, the kind that looks like it could swallow you if it tried. A gulp of water and a quick look around. “If you would like to come through with me”. I am guided into a room with friendly faces beaming at me, the door falls shut behind me. This was the beginning of my year as the EVOC 150 Communications Intern.

Grown-ups had always made it sound as if a degree pushes open every door for you. Jobs grow on trees, you just have to reach out and pick one. In the end, I had two degrees but still no job. Was there a secret code someone had forgotten to tell me about? Fresh out of uni and released into the wild with no guidance, no experience and no idea where to start I fired out applications left, right and centre. The more rejections I received the deeper I dived into the application frenzy to fend off self-doubt and anxiety creeping in. “We regret to inform you…”, “The right candidate had more experience in…” With the number of rejection letters I received, I could have easily redecorated my room... TWICE.

Wind of change

I visited my university’s careers service with little to no helpful advice. After 2 years I found my cure in Adopt an Intern (AAI), a non-profit organisation that recruits graduates for paid business internships and opportunities. AAI aims at breaking down barriers and supporting struggling graduates in a range of programmes, one of which is their mentorship scheme. The programme matches unemployed or underemployed graduates with an industry professional who offers career guidance and advice over a fixed period to help graduates identify their needs and get that famous foot in the door. My mentor was incredibly supportive, understanding and helpful. Our first meeting gave me more confidence, insight and guidance than all my careers service visits combined. Within a couple of months I had the first interviews flying in, including one for EVOC’s post which I had also found on the AAI website.

In all my previous internships I felt like a bit of a token. I was a spare wheel making sure there were coffee and biscuits for everyone while I watched the grand masters at their work hoping to peck up their wisdom crumbs. The other end of my internship-spectrum were glorified PA posts vastly stretching the intern card demanding unpaid overtime doing the work that was beneath properly paid staff.

Lucy Ridley (Programme Manager), Yasmin Duncan (Communications Officer), Alea Ibrahim (Communications Intern)

EVOC was different. From day one I felt valued and trusted. I was given responsibilities and free hand. I learned a lot in this year. Not only in the form of hard skills but also about myself, my abilities, what I can achieve and actually want to achieve. Working in a tight-knit team to stem events such as the pamper day for carers on Carers Rights Day or a huge birthday party for Flora Stevenson at Flora Stevenson Primary School, representing EVOC 150 and networking at a range of conferences and events and having the chance to take on my own little projects really boosted my skill set and confidence in my abilities over the year.   

So what is next for the intern?

The end of the internship is crawling nearer and nearer. Facing the job market again still twisted my stomach a bit but I faced the challenge a lot more relaxed with a good portion of confidence, which paid off. I went from zero interviews not 2 years ago to interviews for almost every job I applied for and my next adventure is just around the corner.     

My advice for other struggling graduates is: Do not doubt yourself. Use the resources on offer for you and if that does not seem to work, change course.

My advice for other employers: Value your interns and put some trust in us. You might be surprised how much we can achieve if our tasks exceed note-taking. We are not just here to stock-pile names for our CVs. Some fresh wind and a new pair of eyes might be exactly what you need.

I'll go and get myself some coffee now. 

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

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Digital storytelling: A How-To

By Alea Ibrahim, Communications Intern for EVOC 150 Heritage Programme

It started off as a huge box of old photos, but the Living Memory Association has done a brilliant job of digitising and categorising our archive of Edinburgh protesting and campaigning snapshots covering several decades. Nobody knew where the photos came from or who the people in the photos were, so we wanted to find out more about these hidden stories and Edinburgh’s protesting past.

We went on a mission to find these faces and wanted to create as much digital noise as possible. We geared up our social media platforms, fired up the website and made our digital stories. Our inboxes started buzzing. People actually started recognising themselves in the videos as well as their families and friends, and friends of friends. Our ‘Pilton Girl’ story actually made it to the real Pilton Girl who then reached out to us.  

With the Oscars fresh in mind, here is a step-by-step guide on how you can make your own digital story and throw Spielberg off his throne. You don’t need to be a tech-expert or require any big fancy cameras. You can create your digital story in just a few hours. All you need is:

  • A recording device. If you have a microphone, great! But your phone will do
  • The images you want to use in the story
  • Audacity, to edit your sound file and add in sound effects
  • iMovie or Windows Photos to create your slideshow
  • Pen and paper to write down your masterpiece


1. Finding your voice

For ‘Pilton Girl’, the story came through the photos. The image contains so much expressive visual power and reflects the clash between the council-neglected outer communities of Edinburgh and the city centre.

This photo magnificently sums up the struggle and anger of Edinburgh’s communities. Nobody could identify the girl which is why we wanted to give her a voice ourselves.

Sahar’s story, on the other hand, is fictional, but that does not mean that her story and large parts of it are not lived by others who moved to Edinburgh or founded organisations. We wanted to reflect on what it is like to be foreign and what home really means.

Once you have found the story you want to tell, write it down as you would tell it to a friend. Read it out a few times until you have familiarised yourself with it and you feel confident enough to record yourself without having to read it out word-for-word.

2. Picture it

Equipped with the rich resources of our archive we continued matching the photos in the gallery to our story of damp housing, growing up in Edinburgh and activism. We also found a photo album with snapshots of a Middle Eastern scenery and a family no one could identify, which was useful for Sahar’s story.

If you do not happen to have thousands of archive images at hand, don’t despair, there are other ways. Pexels or Pixabay are only two examples of free stock image databases you can use to source visuals for your story.

Tip: You can also use screenshots of tweets, Google Maps or similar to make your story engaging.

3. “This is what my voice sounds like?”

It might take a bit of courage and the certainty that nobody is listening to you, but now you can record your story. You can do this with a microphone and the freely accessible software Audacity, which you will also be editing your audio track in, or you can just record yourself on your phone. Try to record several takes to warm up your voice and have a glass of water ready.

4. Just a trim

Now we are getting to the juicy part where it all comes together. You can import and edit your audio file in Audacity and cut out the “ehms” and “errs” and edit pauses. You can also add sound effects to your audio which you can find on Orange Freesounds or any other royalty free database. You can even record your own effects if you like. YouTube has some great tutorials on the ins and outs of Audacity.

Once you have your audio track ready you can focus on the visual side of your video. You can either use iMovie on a Mac or create a slideshow with photos on your Windows and import your audio track. You can easily time each individual photo in the slideshow to match with the parts of your story and adapt the seconds for each photo. Once you are happy with the timings and edits you can upload your video to YouTube to work on your subtitles.

Tip: YouTube even lets you download the subtitle file. If you download the .srt file into the same folder as your finished video and open the video in Windows Film & TV, you can play the video with subtitles independent from YouTube.

That’s it! There is nothing stopping you now. Good luck with your own digital story. We would love to see your results.

#EVOC150

Twitter: @evoc_edinburgh

Facebook: /EVOCEdinburgh

Email: comms@evoc.org

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

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Community action - a digital story

By Alea Ibrahim, Communications Intern for EVOC 150 Heritage Programme

We all are natural storytellers but often do not even realise that we are spinning our golden story-threads. When you are telling your colleague back at the office about the bluest lakes and highest mountains you saw during your holiday, you are painting a picture for your story. Stories help us put things into perspective. Hearing about other people’s experiences makes us reflect our own behaviour and our surroundings.

So why not use our natural talent to tell stories to others and breathe some life into them with images and audio? Well, good news: you can! Digital storytelling is a wonderful, creatively limitless tool to communicate human experiences.

A box full of protest

The Living Memory Association (LMA) helped EVOC 150 to preserve a window of our past by digitising our box of protesting and campaigning photographs. You can view a selection of them in our gallery. The photographs are a beautiful collection of protesting and campaigning memories in Edinburgh, bursting with hidden stories to tell.

Miles Tubb from the LMA says: “It was an exciting process digitising the EVOC photographs, negatives and slides. Right from protests about the closure of Edinburgh's wash-houses to union demonstrations attended by Coronation Streets own Pat Phoenix. I hope by making the archive available online faces will be recognised and stories and memories told.”

We have asked the public to help us identify the faces and stories behind these photos but in the meantime decided to have our own creative way with them by creating short digital stories to make them come to life:

 

We were excited to attend the Beltane Brunch workshop on Digital Storytelling which gave us the idea of using digital storytelling as a tool in the first place. Andy Croft and Max Coleman from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh presented their work from the Big Picnic Project. They explained how they used digital storytelling to reach vulnerable parts of Edinburgh’s society and help make their voices heard.

The idea behind it was that food or the lack thereof connects people from all walks of life and all backgrounds. Andy and Max encouraged a group of people from disadvantaged communities to share their stories of food. They recorded it and with the mere use of some images and sound turned these stories into a door to a reality most of us have not opened before.

If you like our stories and want to find out how you can make your own stories: stay tuned.

Next time: A Digital Story How-to.

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

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Calling all Edinburgh residents and hobby detectives

By Alea Ibrahim, Communications Intern for EVOC 150 Heritage Programme

Grab your magnifying glasses, deerstalkers and Dr. Watsons. We need you, Edinburgh. EVOC has accumulated an archive of some wonderful Edinburgh protest and campaigning photos. They are not just part of the Edinburgh Third Sector and EVOC’s heritage, but also form a beautiful time capsule of Edinburgh’s past.

It started off as a huge box of old photos, but the Living Memory Association has done a brilliant job of digitising and categorising them for the EVOC150 project to help preserve these snapshot memories. This is where you come in.

 

 

Do you recognise your old neighbour in one of the photos? Is that you holding that sign to protest against dampness? Did your grandmother and her friend protest against the closing of the wash houses?

We need your help in identifying the faces and protests in our gallery to find out more about the stories hidden behind them. 

Help us uncover more of Edinburgh’s past and the third sector. If you recognise anyone in the photos, remember one of the protests or even marched along, get in touch with us.

 

#EVOC150

Twitter: @evoc_edinburgh

Facebook: /EVOCEdinburgh

Email: comms@evoc.org

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

 

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Carers Rights Day at EVOC

By Alea Ibrahim, Communications Intern for EVOC 150 Heritage Programme

“Caring for someone you love is a real privilege fraught with sorrow, laughter - at times - frustration, anger, and some self-pity, which is fought off relentlessly

Imagine this: you come home tired after work or school but rather than sit down with a cup of tea, you start your second job, one that does not pay. This job might eat up all your free time that others spend going out, meeting friends or doing whatever they want at that moment. 

Imagine every free minute you have is filled with caring for other people. This may stop you pursuing your career goals, limit your access to education and finding employment. This is the daily reality for unpaid carers, many of whom are not financially or socially supported. 

"Caring for your future"

Caring has lots of different stories with sad, happy and heart-warming moments but many carers invest their life into their responsibilities, often at the expense of their own health, due to a lack of support. In 2017 Carers UK found that 1 in 4 unpaid carers have not had a day off for 5 which has contributed to the deterioration of their mental and physical health. This year, the Carers Rights Day campaign raised awareness for the wellbeing of carers which sparked EVOC 150’s decision to turn the tables and look after carers for the day.

So what did we do?

The EVOC 150 team was joined by therapists offering Indian Head Massages, Reiki and Yoga classes in our meeting rooms. We turned our board room into a relaxation area with spherical sounds, fresh fruit and refreshments where the carers could socialise while waiting on their treatments or chat about their support needs and solutions to Edinburgh Carers Support and VOCAL representatives manning the info stalls.

1000 THANK YOUs

The carers had to brave doomsday-like weather conditions that day to get to our little spa but we had a great turnout and the day was a success. We cannot stress enough how the wonderful support of Edinburgh businesses meant that carers won theatre tickets, restaurant vouchers, coffee mugs or even guided tours and pamper experiences in our free lucky dip and left our office oasis with a smile.

Thank you to our wonderful therapists who made the carers feel so well looked after. One of the business owners keen to support the event referred to carers as “unsung heroes of our society” which is why EVOC 150 wanted to spread some joy and support within Edinburgh’s carer community.

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

 

 

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EVOC 150 Team on SAM Radio

Lucy Ridley, EVOC 150 Programme Manager and Yasmin Duncan, EVOC Communications Officer joined Lewis Mcfarlane on SAM Radio to explain the work of EVOC, the origins of our 150 year history and our aims for the future.

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

SAM Radio is a community internet radio station that caters for adults who have been diagnosed with Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome and it is the first of its kind in Scotland.

You can listen here: 

For more information about the EVOC 150 Programme, including collaborations and events please contact: comms@evoc.org. 

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Big Hearts Edinburgh Memories: An EVOC 150 Special Edition

By Alea Ibrahim, Communications Intern for EVOC 150 Heritage Programme

The rain-filled whipping waves of wind drive the EVOC 150 team into the cosy museum at Tynecastle Stadium. Joined by the Living Memory Association who digitised our boxes of photographs that accumulated over the past 150 years, we are hosting a special edition on Protesting and Campaigning at the Edinburgh Memories session.

At the heart of Big Hearts

Football Memories started off as a project for older people living with dementia to help them socialise and reminisce on football tales. This evolved into the addition of Edinburgh Memories; a format with old photos and newspaper clippings of Edinburgh. Both formats alternate weekly at what is fittingly a lovingly curated nostalgic museum-space of football memorabilia that beckons you to reminisce.

We unload our albums filled with yellowed photographs of snowmen protesting against dampness, and families with dated haircuts parking their prams carrying children and banners against nuclear power.

Within the first cup of piping hot coffee, the nook fills with life and friendly chatter at the arrival of our guest reminiscers.

 

“Stop the Tories bursting our bubble!” – Closing of the Wash Hooses

We flick through the photos and past the protests against the closure of the wash houses. “See how there are only women protesting? The men did not care. They sat in the pubs when we went to wash for the day” a lady explains.

“This was a day-long thing. You take the washing in the prams on the tram to the wash house with the other women. You meet and chat with the others, washing and laundering all day.”

Everyone agrees that the protests were a huge motion. Many did not have hot water at home and washing machines were only slowly on the rise.

The closures posed a big issue to households and with the last wash house, that sense of community amongst the women crumbled away too. 

No more bevvying for Robb’s

Another strong memory is evoked by the photograph of a marching band and protesters taking over the streets around Leith to campaign against the closure of Henry Robb docks. The looming threat to the ship-builders and 600 years of a proud industry took its toll in 1983.

Instantly the group refers to the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders and the charismatic activist Jimmy Reid with his famous “Nae Bevvying” speech.

A man who had family members working in the ship industry and remembers how the closure affected the workers’ self-worth, remarks: “The plan was to leave almost finished ships sitting in the yards and close down and people would lose their jobs. The workers locked themselves in the yards led by Reid and continued working instead of striking to show the worth of their work. They were successful - at least for a short while”.

Where are your signs and banners?

The conversation moves to the present. The group laments that nobody campaigns on a local level any longer. They seek their answer in the loss of the tight-knit communities of people growing up beside each other in Edinburgh.

A retired social worker blames current social workers as they used to be the ones organising campaigns and protests. “Now, they are professional middle-class people who don’t get their hands dirty.”

Another lady references the soap-box-speakers on the Mound. Anyone with a soapbox could make themselves heard but there was not enough engagement with politics for that today.

With this food for thought, we end our nostalgic tour around Edinburgh’s campaigning past and historic protests. We leave with memories that are not our own but that fill our old boxes of photographs with life.

We bravely step outside into the storm and away from our little nostalgia factory, where we could have uncovered many more stories of protests over freshly brewed cups of coffee.

Are you involved with a group that would like to share a similar session? Get in touch to discuss how we can bring this to fruition.

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

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EVOC Carers Rights Day Wellbeing Drop-In

EVOC will be marking Carers Rights Day on Friday 30th November from 11am – 3.30pm by hosting a drop-in wellbeing event for paid and unpaid carers across Edinburgh. There will be a small spa space, a chance to try Reiki, Indian Head Massage and yoga, and a free lucky dip with prizes donated by businesses across Edinburgh.

To  let us know you are coming please register here. 

Anyone who has caring responsibilities is invited to attend and this event is open to young carers and adults alike.

Unfortunately, there will be no respite service at this event but carers are welcome to bring the person(s) they care for. The more the merrier! This is a drop-in event and you can join us at any point during the times listed, but we would be grateful if you could register to help us have a sense of numbers to expect.

The theme of Carers Rights Day this year is Caring for Your Future. The day is organised by Carers UK annually to:

Make carers aware of their rights
Let carers know where to get help and support
Raise awareness of the needs of carers




EVOC has been supporting Edinburgh’s residents for 150 years and we are celebrating this anniversary by promoting charity, kindness and the work and achievements of the third sector through a range of events. You can read more about our project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, on our website at www.evoc150.org.uk.

Travel and Location Information

Our new office at 525 Ferry Road is fully accessible with plenty of parking, and is easily reached by public transport. The EVOC offices are on the second floor and reached by lift or stairs. There are 125 parking spaces including disability spaces.

Lothian Buses 21 and 27 stop in front of the building and there are additional bus services that stop nearby on Crewe Road.
Further venue information is available at www.edinburghpalette.co.uk/studios-available-at-525-ferry-road/.


For any questions related to this event, please contact Lucy Ridley, Programme Manager – EVOC 150 by email at lucy.ridley@evoc.org.uk or phone at 0131 555 9104.

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

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EVOC 150: Victorian Birthday Party at Flora Stevenson's Primary School

Happy Birthday Flora!

Tuesday 30th October 2018 would have been Flora Stevenson’s 179th birthday. Flora was a social reformer and suffragist with a special interest in education. She played an active role in EVOC’s predecessor organisation, the Edinburgh Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor.

The EVOC 150 team chose to mark Flora’s birthday in the only appropriate way, with a party! But not just any party. We were absolutely delighted to work with the Flora Stevenson Primary School to deliver a day-long Victorian-themed birthday bonanza involving all staff, pupils and the parents council, a mere 700-odd individuals. Three cheers to everyone involved!

Recipe for Success

I am incredibly proud of what we managed to achieve in just over five weeks and extra special thanks must go to Sharon McGhee and Amanda Burton, headteacher and depute headteacher respectively at Flora’s for their approachability, creativity and enthusiasm.
Our mutual aims were to honour the legacy of Flora; raise awareness of, learn about and encourage volunteerism and social action; promote the EVOC 150 project, and have fun! With just three short planning meetings squeezed in amongst packed schedules we went from the initial germ of an idea to a mammoth event. It was a lesson for me in how much is possible with limited resources and a (very) moderate budget topped with a healthy serving of belief.

The Big Day

From our initial meeting the school were determined to find a way of including the families of pupils as well. The day started with a mini volunteer fayre in the Hall of Happiness accompanied by a performance by The Music School. I had thoroughly underestimated how good the exceptionally talented musicians would be and should never have based my preconceptions on my own primary school recorder group!

GirlGuiding Edinburgh, Health in Mind, Edinburgh Leisure (Ageing Well), The Yard, Cyrenians and The Rock Trust promoted their organisations and volunteering opportunities to families in a packed hall.

Christy Thomson from The Yard said: “I loved coming and thought it was really nice to be a part of the day…I think [it] was really useful”. It was fantastic to see so many people come in and we were grateful to have the support of Cllr Hal Osler who joined us for the whole morning.

With a swiftly executed five-minute turnaround the hall was transformed into party central. Thanks to an exceptional feat of organisation which would put many professional logistics experts to shame, over the course of the next six hours we rotated all children by year group in and out of the hall.

Once inside the children learnt why the school and EVOC had collaborated for Flora’s birthday, played traditional Victorian games including pass the slipper (plimsole) and Blind Man’s Buff and learnt about what life would have been like during Flora’s time with the help of handling boxes from the Outreach Service at Museums and Galleries Edinburgh.

Happy Birthday Flora was sung loud and proud and once the vocal cords were warm Daisy Bell was also recited. I’m pretty sure it’s going to take between 150 and 179 years for me to get the latter out of my head. Finally, no party is complete without appropriate sustenance. The parent council completed an epic baking mission to provide mountains of Victoria Sponge cakes and Morrisons Ferry Road kindly donated so we could hydrate the children with lashings of lemonade. Many thanks to Yasmin and Alea from EVOC; Tricia, EVOC 150 volunteer and Hal for managing an industrial-sized production line of all of the above treats.

Back in class away from the frivolities in the hall, all children created birthday cards for Flora and included a pledge to volunteer or be of service in some other way as a way of honouring Flora’s legacy. All staff and students had either chosen to dress-up as Victorians to signify the past, or come in their uniform to signify the present. I wonder what schools will look like 179 years from now?

Thank You

This day would not have been the stand-out success it was without the help and enthusiasm of all those mentioned above and more. We are able to celebrate EVOC’s 150th year with events like this with thanks to lottery players and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Hip Hip Hooray!

 

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

By Alea Ibrahim, Communications Intern for EVOC 150 Heritage Programme

“Wherever Men And Women Are Condemned To Live In Extreme Poverty, Human Rights Are Violated.
To Come Together To Ensure That These Rights Be Respected Is Our Solemn Duty.”

Father Joseph Wresinski

In 1987, over 100,000 people came together to commemorate the victims of extreme poverty and hunger at the Trocadero Human Rights Plaza in Paris where about 40 years before, the Declaration of Human Rights was signed. The gathered people pleaded that living and being left in extreme poverty and hunger are human rights violations. This acknowledgement and that human suffering is not inevitable are carved into the Commemorative Stone that was unveiled that day. 

This movement was called into action by Joseph Wresinski, a Catholic priest who was born and raised in poverty. Wresinski made it his life-work and legacy to fight poverty and hunger, make affected voices heard and ensure that people who are trapped in poverty are not isolated like he was when growing up, but treated with equal respect and dignity to fellow citizens.


In 1992, the UN declared the 17th of October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty to renew these pledges and raise awareness for the fight against extreme poverty and hunger each year, inspired by the gathering and Wresinski’s work to commemorate and fight poverty.

Poverty on our doorstep

We do not have to travel far to see human rights violated by poverty. This happens daily in Edinburgh, and Scotland-wide. 20% of working age people in Scotland live in poverty while a household is considered to be in poverty if the income falls below 60% of their household type. These householders are being pushed into poverty by earning 60% less than they are calculated to while householders are in employment.


The top 10% of the population in Scotland had 38% more income than the bottom 40% of the population combined in 2016, which reflects the huge inequality of income and action in Scotland. Already vulnerable parts of our society like ethnic minorities, lone parents, pensioners and families affected by disability are at a higher risk of poverty and people in the most deprived areas of Scotland were expected to live 22-26 years less in good health and to die 9-13 years earlier than the rest of the population.


Wresinski’s pledges carved into the Commemorative Stone and the over 100,000 voices campaigning for the fight against poverty from 1987 seem very present and still highly relevant. These groups of our society suffer social exclusion like Wresinski and his family did.

Poverty affects us – all of us

The EVOC 150 team went to a range of events that discuss, reflect and address issues and solutions around poverty. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations’ event: Third sector showcase - Solutions to poverty gave a number of smaller organisations the chance to present their cause and their work to MSPs and the public. Some of the organisations present were MCASS who are helping minority communities who do not have access to adequate support networks to tackle issues related to addiction, Hillhouse who support families experiencing poverty with second-hand children’s clothes or boxes of essentials for expecting parents in Ayrshire and Changeworks who presented their services against fuel poverty. 


Get Heard Scotland, part of the Poverty Alliance, are test-driving their toolkit of interviewing the voices and communities affected by poverty and listening to what has been effective in easing poverty and social injustice. This is used to support the delivery plan of the Child Poverty Scotland Act from 2017 for the reduction of poverty from the Scottish Government.


SCVO hosted Nicky Hawkins from the Frameworks Institute to talk about Framing Poverty as part of their contributions to the Challenge Poverty Week programme. Hawkins explained that to have a lasting impact in the fight against poverty, the public perception around the issues and stigma of poverty has to change. The Frameworks Institute conducts communications research on how to address the issues around poverty and how to talk about it to the public. Hawkins’s presentation can be found here


The Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council started out as the Establishment of the Edinburgh Association for Improving the Conditions of the Poor in 1868. We are currently celebrating our 150th year and while EVOC’s role has changed over the time, the issues around poverty still prevail. This is why EVOC continues to campaign for social justice and supports other organisations. We are joining this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty to raise awareness of the issues around poverty happening now, in our communities.

 

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

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